The George Polk Awards

NEW YORK, March, 2019 – The 70th Annual George Polk Awards will be celebrated with two distinct events—the David J. Steinberg Seminar, “Honoring Reporters Who Seek to Right Wrongs,” Thursday,April 4, at the Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn; and the 70th Annual George Polk Awards Ceremony Luncheon, Friday, April 5, at The Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan.

The April 4th seminar at LIU Brooklyn’s Kumble Theater will highlight the works of some of the Polk winners, including Madeleine Baran, winner of the Polk Award for a podcast that made a compelling case for the innocence of a Mississippi death-row inmate tried and convicted six times for the same crime in a case now before the U. S. Supreme Court; Julie K. Brown, winner of the Polk Award for Justice Reporting for exposing how a prosecutor arranged for a hedge fund manager who sexually abused under-age girls to avoid a federal prison in a deal now ruled illegal; and Ginger Thompson, winner, with others, of the Polk Award for Immigration Reporting for dramatic coverage of the separation of children and parents at the Mexican border, a policy the U.S. has since changed.

The seminar will be moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault, award-winning broadcast journalist, currently special correspondent for the PBS NewsHour series Race Matters: Solutions.

On Friday, April 5, at The Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan, Long Island University will host the 70th Annual George Polk Awards Ceremony and Luncheon. Beginning at 11 a.m., journalists, guests and other luminaries from the Fourth Estate across all media will gather to celebrate the work of the winning reporters. Following a short reception, ticketed guests will enjoy lunch while hearing from the reporters themselves as the Polk panel of judges confer their awards.

David J. Steinberg Seminar, “Honoring Reporters Who Seek to Right Wrongs”

Featuring panelists and George Polk Award Winners Madeleine Baran of APM Reports, Julie K. Brown of The Miami Herald, and Ginger Thompsonof ProPublica. 

Moderated by Charlayne Hunter-Gault of PBS.

Thursday, April 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m.

The Kumble Theater at LIU Brooklyn

One University Plaza, Brooklyn NY 11201

Free and open to the public but registration required by emailing info@kumbletheater.org.

70th Annual George Polk Awards Ceremony Luncheon

Award citations read by Charlayne Hunter-Gault of PBS

Friday, April 5, 2019

The Roosevelt Hotel

45 E 45th Street, New York, NY 10017

Tickets begin at $150 and can be purchased by following this link: https://community.liu.edu/polk70, or by emailing polk.awards@liu.edu.

Support for the 70th Annual George Polk Awards is provided by:

Canon Solutions America, The New York Times and Reuters

ByMichelle Mitchell

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