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Mother Jones Wins George Polk Award for '47 Percent' Romney Story

Monday, 18 Feb 2013 05:09 PM

 

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The Mother Jones reporter who shook up last year's presidential campaign with a report on Mitt Romney's remarks that 47 percent of Americans "believe they are victims" was among the winners of this year's George Polk Award.

David Corn, the reporter who broke the story, is one of the winners, along with an array of other news outlets, including the New York Times, Bloomberg News, Frontline, GlobalPost and the Washington Post.

The 64th annual prize, awarded by Long Island University, honors examples of bold reporting. The name pays tribute to George Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered in 1948 while covering the Greek civil war.

"Our winners were outstanding during a year filled with major news events," John Darnton, curator of the George Polk Awards, said in a statement. "A number of reporters and photographers took the risk of going into Libya and Syria to bring us stories on the ground."

"And in China, two news organizations - Bloomberg News and The New York Times - published groundbreaking reports on high-level corruption. At home, there were important articles on issues ranging from abuses in state clinics to student debt," Darnton added.

Though he said online news outlets submitted work than ever before, legacy news outlets dominated 14 categories. The organization said it received more of the 700 submissions for awards consideration.

The awards, presented by CNN's Christiane Amanpour and Pulitzer Prize-winner Carl Bernstein, will be presented at a luncheon at the Roosevelt Hotel in Manhattan on April 11.

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