2002 George Polk Awards Cover Turbulent Times
tackling tough issues in turbulent times are among those
honored with 14 George Polk Awards for 2002. Their extraordinary
work covered issues ranging from the conflict in the Middle
East to the crisis in the Catholic Church to the disturbing
plight of the mentally ill.
by Long Island University in 1949 to memorialize a CBS correspondent
who was murdered while covering a civil war in Greece, the
George Polk Awards rank among Americas most coveted
the honorees is Morley Safer of CBS News, who received the
Career Award for his more than three decades as co-editor
of 60 Minutes in a career that also includes
breakthrough coverage of the Vietnam War. His 1965 broadcast
of United States Marines burning the village of Cam Ne helped
turn the tide of public opinion about that conflict and
transform war reporting forever. Los Angeles Times reporter
Sonia Nazario and photographer Don Bartletti won the International
Reporting award for Enriques Journey,
a series that retraced the harrowing trip of a Honduran
youth to the United States, capturing the hardships faced
by desperate Latin Americans, including tens of thousands
of children, who migrate north each year.
April 9 panel moderated by Brooklyn Campus journalism professor
Mike Bush, Nazario and Safer took part in the Annual George
Polk Awards Seminar at the HBO Theater in Manhattan, discussing,
The Power of the Image in International Reporting.
The awards were formally presented the next day at a luncheon
in the Roosevelt Hotel.
Ralph Engelman, also a Brooklyn Campus journalism professor,
As exemplified by the work of veterans like Morley
Safer, this year's Polk Awards underscore the emotional
impact and power of great journalism.
George Polk Awards Web site lists all the winners and this
year, for the first time, all of the honored work
a unique and powerful collection of the years best
in journalism can be viewed through links to the
site (Go to www.liu.edu and click on George Polk Awards