New York Times Journalist Nina Bernstein Receives Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism from Hunter College
New York Times reporter Nina Bernstein, ProPublica reporter A.C. Thompson and other winners of Hunter College's 2009 James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism will be honored during a ceremony open to the public at Hunter on Monday, May 3 at 6 pm. The event will feature a keynote introduction by Daily News columnist Errol Louis, Hunter's Jack Newfield Visiting Professor of Journalism, who will speak on the state of social justice journalism.
The 2009 winners are:
- A.C. Thompson of ProPublica for his expose in The Nation, "Katrina's Hidden Race War," about white residents in New Orleans forming an ad hoc militia post-Katrina;
- Independent journalist and columnist JoAnn Wypijewski for a career distinguished by original reporting on the interweaving of social and sexual issues;
- Nina Bernstein of The New York Times for her ongoing coverage of immigration issues, including the struggles and dreams of U.S. immigrants;
- Political cartoonist Jen Sorensen for her political satire and social commentary in her alternative comic strip, "Slowpoke;" and
- Mother Jones magazine for "Climate Countdown," a special edition devoted exclusively to climate change.
The awards have been administered since 1990 by the Hunter College Department of Film & Media Studies and a committee of journalists, media professionals, scholars and activists. James Aronson was a longtime distinguished Hunter College professor of journalism - and a founder and editor of the crusading news weekly, The National Guardian.
Grambs Aronson, the widow of James Aronson, died on March 2 at age 94. An active member of the nominating committee and a masterful illustrator herself, she was the one who had suggested the creation of a "Cartooning with a Conscience Award." In memory of her invaluable contributions, the award has been renamed the "Grambs Aronson Award for Cartooning with a Conscience."