New York Times Columnist and Purchase College Alum Michael Powell ’78 Wins Prestigious George Polk Award

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New York Times columnist and Purchase College alum Michael Powell ’78 (history) has won a prestigious George Polk Award for 2013.

The winning story appeared last March in his NYT Gotham column, which covers New York politics and government. He’ll share the award for justice reporting with reporters Frances Robles, Sharon Otterman and N. R. Kleinfield for uncovering evidence that a Brooklyn homicide detective used false confessions, tainted testimony and coercive tactics to convict dozens of defendants. Read the story here.

The George Polk Awards are conferred annually to honor special achievement in journalism. They were established by Long Island University in 1949 to commemorate Polk, a CBS correspondent murdered the year before while covering the Greek civil war.

The winners are chosen by a committee of Long Island University faculty members, alumni and journalists who select from newspapers, magazines, television, radio and online news organizations. Judges place a premium on investigative and enterprise work that is original, requires digging and resourcefulness, and brings results.

Powell, a distinguished journalist for more than 25 years, shared a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 for his NYT coverage of Eliot Spitzer. Purchase College honored him in 2010 with the President’s Award for Distinguished Alumni.


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