The Polk Awards submission portal for work completed in 2019 is closed. It will be open for work completed in 2020 from October 15, 2020 through January 8, 2021.​


For over 71 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, Peter Jennings, Norman Mailer, Diane Sawyer, Seymour Hersh, Glenn Greenwald, and more. 

Virtual Polk Awards Ceremony

Due to the New York State mandate to shelter in place and limit large gatherings, Long Island University’s 71st Annual George Polk Awards scheduled for Friday, April 3rd has been moved. A virtual ceremony including videos of the winners will be posted on April 30, 2020. As we have seen over the last several weeks during the COVID-19 public health crisis, journalists are on the front lines providing the public with necessary information and updates from around the world. Now more than ever, it is important to recognize the role journalism plays in telling the stories that impact our society. This year, Long Island University is honoring 15 winners in 14 categories for their reporting in 2019. Their work sheds light on a range of deceit and corruption — with profound and sometimes deadly consequences — in world capitals across four continents as well as federal agencies, corporate offices and local governments in the United States. The George Polk Awards recognize sacrifice, virtue and truth. Long Island University is proud to honor these journalists and recognize their exceptional work as part of this iconic annual tradition.

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.

An insider's view of the historic 2013 George Polk Awards in Journalism

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Panel of Advisors

John Darnton, Curator
Ralph Engelman, Faculty Coordinator

Lawrence Altman
Larry Bensky
Lowell Bergman
Carl Bernstein
Donald Bird
Ralph Blumenthal
C.J. Chivers
Stephen Engelberg
Karen Frillmann
Juan Gonzalez
Martin Gottlieb
Geri Hearne
Bob Herbert
Seymour Hersh
Edward Hershey
Len Hollie
Alex Jones
Abby Kenigsberg
Jennifer 8. Lee
Joseph Lelyveld
Charles Lewis
Elizabeth Llorente
David S.C. Liu
John Marshall
Jane Mayer
Melvin McCray
David Medina
Peter Osnos
Jennifer Rauch
Frank Rich
Gene Roberts
Robert Rosenthal
Paul Salopek
Ellen Schultz
Rhonda Schwartz
Adam Seesel
Stephen B. Shepard
E.R. Shipp
Curtis Stephen
Ray Suarez
A.C. Thompson

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