LIU’s Esteemed George Polk Awards Honor Influential Work of Investigative Reporters Worldwide

The George Polk Awards, established by Long Island University (LIU) in 1949, are presented annually to recognize the courage, determination, and intrepid work of reporters and communicators. John Darnton, a 40-year veteran editor, reporter, and foreign correspondent forThe New York Times, and two-time Polk Award recipient, curates the awards.


The competition, in its 67th year, is now accepting nominations for outstanding investigative journalism in 2015. Nominations will be accepted through January 8, 2016 and may be submitted by news organizations, reporters, other members of the media, and the public. To submit entries online for the 2015 George Polk Awards, visit


Winners in a dozen, constantly evolving categories are named each year from among hundreds of entries referred by a panel of advisors and submitted by reporters or their news organizations. They are chosen from newspapers, magazines, television, radio, and online news affiliates that range from small-town publications to major international news outlets, as well as non-traditional news sources such as nonprofit organizations.


The Polk Awards advisory committee, educators, and communications professionals who are members of LIU’s distinguished faculty and alumni conduct the final review and determine the award-winning selections. The 2015 awards will be conferred at an event held in New York City on April 8, 2016.


Scores of journalism giants have won Polk Awards. Diane Sawyer, Walter Cronkite, Christiane Amanpour, and Edward R. Murrow are among the celebrated broadcasters who have been recognized, while reporters from the ranks of smaller market papers in Fargo, North Dakota, and Des Moines, Iowa, share honors with high-profile journalists like the Washington Post’s Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, The New York Times’ James Reston, and the New York Daily News’ Pete Hamill.


“LIU is proud of its near 70-year tradition of engaging the most influential contributors to print, broadcast, and online communications through the George Polk Awards, “ said Dr. Kimberly R. Cline, president of LIU. “Through their skills and tenacity, journalists provide portals into the essence of the people and events that command attention, allowing their audiences and readers to observe and assess the world.”

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