75th Anniversary of the Polk Awards

Join us as we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of the George Polk Awards. This historic event will honor excellence in journalism, recognizing the relentless pursuit of truth that has defined the Polk Awards for three-quarters of a century. In addition to honoring the current Polk winners, we will pay tribute to 16 Polk Laureates who have made significant contributions to American journalism in the spirit of George Polk. Join us for an unforgettable day filled with inspiration, reflection, and the recognition of outstanding journalistic achievements.



Friday, April 12, 2024
10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Reception & Exhibition

11:30 AM – 2 PM
Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

Cipriani 42nd Street
110 E 42nd St.
New York, NY 10017



Friday, April 12, 2024
4:00 PM - 6:30 PM

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Bob Woodward, Associate Editor, Washington Post
Christiane Amanpour, Chief International Anchor, CNN
Dean Baquet, Former Executive Editor, The New York Times
Julie Pace, Executive Editor, AP

Dick Tofel, Former President of ProPublica

The Times Center
242 West 41st St.
New York, NY 10036

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For 75 years, LIU has been the proud home of the George Polk Awards in Journalism, the first major award of its kind to recognize reporting across all media. This prestigious honor focuses on the intrepid, bold, and influential work of the reporters themselves, placing a premium on investigative work that is original, resourceful, and thought-provoking. Among the many journalism greats who are Polk laureates are Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite, Edward R. Murrow, Christiane Amanpour, I.F. Stone, Isabel Wilkerson, James Baldwin, Russell Baker, Norman Mailer, Seymour Hersh, and more. 

The Sydney H. Schanberg Prize

Awarded annually by George Polk judges for exceptional long-form investigative or enterprise journalism. Articles must be at least 5,000 words in length and represent highly distinguished, deep coverage of armed conflicts; local, state or Federal government corruption; military injustice; war crimes, genocide or sedition; or authoritarian government abuses. The prize honors the legendary New York Times and Newsday reporter/columnist and is funded by his widow, Jane Freiman Schanberg.

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Honoring Intrepid Reporters

The George Polk awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. Winners are chosen from newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online news organizations. Judges place a premium on investigative work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness, and brings results.

Legacy of George Polk

In May 1948, while covering the civil war in Greece between the authoritarian government and the communists, CBS correspondent George Polk's body turned up floating in a bay, hands and feet bound, shot at point-blank range in the head.

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