May 21, 2022

2010 George Polk Award Winners: Piercing the Veil of Secrecy

Calling all journalism students: Each year, this is one of our most fascinating seminars. You’ll hear from some of the best reporters working today about what it took to get their award-winning stories. The George Polk Awards are presented in honor of special achievement in journalism with a view to investigative work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness, and brings results. Speakers include :

Dana Priest, The Washington Post, winner of the Polk Award for National Reporting for her two-year investigation of the enormous build-up of national security apparatus (including military, intelligence and corporate) that burgeoned following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Michael Hastings, Rolling Stone, winner of the Polk Award for Magazine Reporting for a story that prompted the dismissal of U.S. General Stanley McChrystal as commander of all U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

A.C. Thompson, ProPublica, winner of the Polk Television Reporting Award for “Law and Disorder,” a Frontline documentary revealing brutal actions taken by the New Orleans Police Department in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Moderator: John Darnton, author and longtime journalist at The New York Times; Curator, George Polk Awards

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