By: Wandera Hussein
The latest group of George Polk Awards in Journalism winners were announced on Feb. 20. The award, conferred by a panel of Brooklyn Campus journalism professors and media professionals recognizes impactful investigative journalism from the past year.
In 1949, the Polk Awards was established at the Brooklyn Campus to honor CBS News correspondent George Polk, who was killed while covering the Greek Civil War
This year’s group of honorees included winners from national news outlets like The Washington Post, The New York Times, ProPublica, The Marshall Project, and The Arizona Republic. The recognized works included coverage of the 2016 presidential election, chronicled ISIS in Iraq and Syria, and the use of banned substances by Russian Olympic athletes.
Anna Deavere Smith will receive the George Polk Career Award. The award ceremony will be held on April 7 at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, with award citations being read by the legendary journalist and civil rights activist Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
Hunter-Gault will also moderate the David J. Steinberg Seminar of the George Polk Awards at the Brooklyn Campus, whose theme this year is “Covering the Trump Presidency.” That discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place the night before on April 6 at LIU’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts.
That discussion, which is free and open to the public, will take place the night before on April 6 at LIU’s Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts.
Among those who will be taking part in the seminar will be David A. Fahrenthold of The Washington Post, Alec MacGillis of ProPublica, and Marina Walker Guevara, deputy director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.