The New Yorker’s Seymour Hersh to Receive ICFJ’s Founders Award at 25th Anniversary Dinner in November

Jun 232009

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos to serve as master of ceremonies

Washington, DC - Investigative reporter Seymour Hersh will be honored by the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) with its Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism, recognizing his outstanding work over 40 years.

Recipients demonstrate a long-time commitment to the highest standards of the profession. Previous winners include Bob Schieffer of CBS News, Tom Brokaw of NBC News and John F. Burns of The New York Times.

Hersh describes himself as a vehicle for dissent. In 1969, he won the Pulitzer Prize for exposing the massacre by U.S. troops of Vietnamese civilians at My Lai and the subsequent efforts to cover up the story. He again shocked the world in 2004 with an award-winning series in the The New Yorker on abuses that took place in the Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. In addition to those stories, he has produced a stream of reports that raise questions about powerful people, their policies and ethics.

He has received five George Polk Awards, two National Magazine Awards and more than a dozen investigative reporting honors. He began his career as a police reporter for the City News Bureau in Chicago and has since reported for United Press International, The Associated Press, The New York Times and The New Yorker. Hersh has published eight books that have garnered five additional national awards.

“Sy Hersh can find the hidden story like no other,” said James F. Hoge, Jr., chairman of ICFJ and Editor of Foreign Affairs. “Without him, many critiques of policy and policy-makers would never have been part of our public dialogue or history.”

The award is given in honor of ICFJ founders Thomas Winship, James Ewing and George Krimsky, who launched the organization in 1984. Dedicated to improving journalism, ICFJ has worked with more than 55,000 journalists in 176 countries.

The award will be presented at ICFJ’s 25th Anniversary Awards Dinner on Nov. 12 at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington, DC. ABC’s George Stephanopoulos will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), a non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition. Since 1984, ICFJ has worked directly with more than 50,000 journalists from 176 countries.