Columbia J-School Announces 2006 Berger Award for Local Reporting

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By: E&P Staff

Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism has announced the winners of the 2006 Mike Berger Award for local reporting.

The prize is shared between Andrea Gurwitt, a feature writer for the Herald News in West Paterson, N.J., and Katie Thomas, a reporter at Newsday in Long Island, N.Y. Each will receive $500. The school also awarded a special citation to Newsday reporter Stephen Wick. The awards will be presented during the school’s commencement ceremony on May 16 in New York.

The Berger Award, created in 1960, is named after famed New York Times reporter Meyer “Mike” Berger, who covered local events in his “About New York” column and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1950.
The prize honors in-depth local reporting on the lives of everyday people.

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