George Polk Awards

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George Polk Awards in Journalism
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Awarded forTo honor excellence in print and broadcast journalism
CountryUnited States
Presented byLong Island University
First awarded1949

The George Polk Awards in Journalism are a series of 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".[1][2][3][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][6]

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

List of award recipients[edit]


  • Foreign reporting
  • Radio reporting
  • Photojournalism
  • Economics reporting
  • Business reporting
  • Labor reporting
  • Legal reporting
  • National reporting
  • Internet reporting
  • Magazine reporting
  • Military 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.


  1. ^ "Faint Praise for Citizen Journalism Misses Point".
  2. ^, Journalists who broke NSA story in Guardian receive George Polk Awards, 17 February 2014, accessed 26 January 2015
  3. ^ Kelley Bouchard, Glenn Reporter Colin Woodard earns prestigious award,, 18 February 2013, accessed 26 January 2015
  4. ^ Glenn Greenwald ’94 to receive George Polk Award for national security reporting, New York University School of Law, 19 February 2014, accessed 26 January 2015
  5. ^ "Former Times Editor Will Oversee Polk Awards", The New York Times. April 16, 2009
  6. ^ "LONG ISLAND UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES 68th ANNUAL GEORGE POLK AWARDS IN JOURNALISM". Long Island University. February 21, 2017. Retrieved February 21, 2017.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 26, 2008. Retrieved April 16, 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)