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New York Times wins three Polk Awards

February 20, 2023

Posted by Lou Carlozzo

This photo by Lynsey Addario of The New York Times won a 2023 Polk Award. It shows Ukrainian soldiers rushing to aid a family hit by Russian mortar fire. (Lynsey Addario for The New York Times)

The New York Times has been honored with three Polk Awards, including two for its Ukraine war coverage, and another reporting on private schools for New York’s Hasidic Jews, the paper announced Monday.

Per the Times:

Long Island University, which has run journalism awards since 1949, announced winners in 15 categories chosen from 515 submissions. A special award went to the youngest ever recipient of a Polk, 18-year-old Theo Baker, a student at Stanford University. The son of reporters The New York Times and Susan B. Glasser of The New Yorker, Baker uncovered allegations that some research papers co-written by Stanford University’s president, Marc Tessier-Lavigne, contained manipulated images,

The Times won the prize for foreign reporting. That submission included daily reporting on the war in Ukraine as well as a feature by Roger Cohen on President Vladimir V. Putin’s “22-year slide from statesman to tyrant” in Russia. The Times’s submission also included “Putin’s War,” a 13,000-word, two-month investigation that exposed Russia’s powerful military as unprepared, ill-equipped and badly managed.

The Times also won the education reporting award for work by Eliza Shapiro and Brian M. Rosenthal that exposed how private schools in New York’s Hasidic Jewish community were failing to provide students with an adequate education, despite receiving more than a quarter of a billion dollars in public funds annually.

Lynsey Addario of The Times won the photojournalism award for a photo that captured the horror in Ukraine. In the photo, the bodies of a Ukrainian mother, her two children and a family friend lay on the ground after they were killed by Russian mortar fire while trying to flee Ukraine. The citation for the award noted that Ms. Addario “dove for cover as the shell landed and then took the gruesome photo on instinct.”

Read the full Polk Awards recap here.



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