Newswise — (Boston) -- Boston University and 90.9 WBUR, Boston’s NPR News Station, have announced that NPR correspondent David Greene is the winner of the 2011 Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize. Now in its tenth year, the prize is named for the late NPR senior news analyst and veteran Washington journalist Daniel Schorr, who passed away in 2010.
The $5,000 Schorr Prize -- sponsored by WBUR and Boston University, and funded by Jim and Nancy Bildner -- salutes a new generation of public radio journalists 35 years old and under, seeking to inspire them to stretch the boundaries of the medium.
Greene’s winning entry, “Voices From Tripoli,” aired on NPR during the “Arab Spring.” Greene was among the first Western journalists to reach Tripoli after the uprising against Moammar Gadhafi. His entry is a compilation of reports about foreign workers fleeing the turmoil, and Tripoli residents speaking of their opposition to Gadhafi.
Greene will be honored at the 10th Anniversary Gala for WBUR on Monday, Nov. 7 at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass. An annual benefit for the public radio station, the gala is expected to raise more than $350,000 in support for independent news and programming.
Currently based in Moscow, Greene joined NPR's foreign desk in January 2010 after serving four years as a White House Correspondent during President George W. Bush’s second term. Before joining NPR in 2005, he spent seven years as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun after graduating magna cum laude with a degree in government in 1998 from Harvard where he was senior editor on the Harvard Crimson.
Beginning next year, Greene will move back to the United States for a new job at NPR as a host and correspondent for morning news programming. He will frequently be heard on Morning Edition, filling in for Steve Inskeep or Rene Montagne.
Recent past recipients of the Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize include WNYC reporter Ailsa Chang (2010); reporter Chana Joffe-Walt, who covers global economics for NPR’s multimedia project Planet Money (2009); former NPR defense correspondent Guy Raz, who is now the host of All Things Considered Weekend Edition (2008); and NPR investigative correspondent Laura Sullivan (2007).
Public radio journalists from around the world competed for this prestigious recognition. Schorr was honored to have this prize in his name, as he believed strongly in supporting talented journalists as they rose through the ranks of the broadcast industry, and particularly those who found a calling in public radio.
This year’s distinguished panel of Schorr Prize judges included:
• Dean Mills, Professor and Dean, Missouri School of Journalism
• Anna Bensted, former Assistant Program Director and Executive Producer of Special Projects, WBUR
• Dean Cappello, Chief Content Officer and Senior Vice President, Programming, WNYC Radio
• Peggy Girshman, Executive Editor, Kaiser Health News
• Mark McDonald, Director of Programs, WAMU
About WBUR, 90.9 FM
WBUR, 90.0 FM and www.wbur.org, is one of the largest and most prolific public radio stations in the country. A National Public Radio affiliate, WBUR broadcasts a selection of NPR, BBC and locally produced programs such as “Here & Now,” “Only a Game,” “On Point,” “Radio Boston,” and “Car Talk.” WBUR is located on the campus of Boston University, which holds the license for the public radio station.
About Boston University
Founded in 1839, Boston University is an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research. With more than 30,000 students, it is the fourth largest independent university in the United States. BU contains 17 colleges and schools along with a number of multi-disciplinary centers and institutes which are central to the school's research and teaching mission.
(Editors: photo of Greene available on request)
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