George Polk Awards

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George Polk Awards in Journalism
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Awarded for To honor excellence in print and broadcast journalism
Country United States
Presented by Long Island University
First awarded 1949
Official website

The George Polk Awards in Journalism are a series of prestigious[1][2][3] American journalism awards presented annually by Long Island University in New York in the United States. A writer for Idea Lab, a group blog hosted on the website of PBS, described the award as "one of only a couple of journalism prizes that means anything".[4]

The awards were established in 1949 in memory of George Polk, a CBS correspondent who was murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek Civil War (1946–49). In 2009 former New York Times editor John Darnton was named curator of the George Polk Awards.[5]

See list of George Polk Award winners for award recipients.[6]

Josh Marshall's blog, Talking Points Memo, was the first blog to receive the Polk Award in 2008 for their reporting on the 2006 U.S. Attorneys scandal.[7]


  • Foreign reporting
  • Radio reporting
  • Photojournalism
  • Economics reporting
  • Business reporting
  • Labor reporting
  • Legal reporting
  • National reporting
  • Internet reporting
  • Magazine reporting
  • State reporting
  • Education reporting
  • Local reporting
  • Television reporting
  • Documentary Film (introduced in 2014)

In addition, the George Polk Career Award is given in recognition of an individual's lifelong achievements.