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George Polk Seminar “Piercing the Veil of Secrecy” at the Kumble Theater on April 6

Three Polk Award Winners Discuss one of Journalism’s Hottest Topics During Free Event at the Kumble Theater

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Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
Brooklyn Campus,
Long Island University
(718) 488-1418, (516) 551-0431

Brooklyn, N.Y. - The annual George Polk Seminar — featuring three 2010 George Polk Award winners — takes place Wednesday, April 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Kumble Theater for the Performing Arts on the Brooklyn Campus of Long Island University. The theater is located on Flatbush Avenue between DeKalb Avenue and Willoughby Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

“Piercing the Veil of Secrecy” will examine one of journalism’s chief objectives in a panel discussion moderated by author and longtime journalist John Darnton, curator of the George Polk Awards. A reception at 5:30 p.m. will precede the free event, which is open to the public and will be covered by C-SPAN. The three panelists — Dana Priest of The Washington Post, A.C. Thompson with ProPublica and the Rolling Stone’s Michael Hastings — were among the 13 Polk Awards winners for 2010 selected in February. Each of the three was credited with shining a bright light on topics that otherwise may have been kept secret from the public.

Priest earned the 2010 George Polk Award for National Reporting for "Top Secret America,” an illuminating report on the enormous ecosystem of military, intelligence and corporate interests spawned in the decade after Sept. 11.

Thompson was part of a team of journalists that won the 2010 George Polk Award for Television Reporting for a PBS Frontline documentary that revealed scandalous police behavior in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Hastings is the winner of the 2010 George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting for a story that prompted President Obama’s dismissal of U.S. Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal as commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The 2010 George Polk Awards will be presented on Thursday, April 7, during a noon luncheon hosted by Long Island University at The Roosevelt Hotel, located in Manhattan at 45 East 45th Street (at the corner of Madison Avenue). Associated Press correspondent and former CBS News reporter Kimberly Dozier, who was seriously injured in a 2006 car bombing in Iraq that killed two of her colleagues, will be the citation reader. The luncheon will include a special presentation to Wilbert Rideau, a former death row inmate who earned the 1979 George Polk Award for Special Interest Reporting while working as the editor of his Louisiana prison’s magazine. A poster exhibit displaying work by the Polk Award winners will commence at 11:00 a.m. A limited number of tickets are available. For reservations to attend the April 6 seminar and for tickets to the April 7 luncheon, please contact Long Island University’s Office of Special Events at (516) 299-3298.

Visit http://www.liu.edu/About/News/Polk.aspx for further information on the 2010 George Polk Awards.

George Polk Awards
Ranked among America's most coveted journalism honors, the George Polk Awards have been administered by Long Island University since 1949.They memorialize CBS correspondent George W. Polk, who was slain covering the civil war in Greece in 1948. A committee of jurors made up of University faculty members and alumni select the winners from entries submitted by journalists and news organizations as well as nominations made by a panel of journalists and editors, including a number of former winners.

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Posted 03/29/2011

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