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For immediate release
January 25, 2008
Contact: Andrea S Fereshteh
202-687-4328
aes54@georgetown.edu
Georgetown Honors Journalists for Achievements in International Reporting

Washington, D.C. - Georgetown University's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD) will mark the 33rd anniversary of the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting with a ceremony and discussion honoring the 2008 winners on March 31, 2008 at 6:00 p.m. in the Bunn Intercultural Center (ICC) Auditorium.

Selected for their outstanding reporting and analysis over the past year, the 2008 Weintal Prize recipients are Margaret Warner, a senior correspondent for "The News Hour with Jim Lehrer" on PBS and Trudy Rubin, a columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer. In addition, Walter Pincus, a 2002 Pulitzer Prize-winner with The Washington Post, will receive a special citation.

"Readers and viewers must rely on great journalists to narrow the gap between our world and the world beyond our shores. In 2007 few, if any, did it better than Trudy Rubin and Margaret Warner, on the road in war zones and fragile states and here at home. Walter Pincus has been scooping the competition for decades and claims he is just getting traction,” said Casimir Yost, director of ISD and Marshall B. Coyne Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy. “In honoring these three superb journalists we honor the profession, and we draw attention to the need to underwrite and encourage great reporting or risk having the gap between us and the rest of the world grow.”

Chaired by Marvin Kalb, this year’s Weintal Prize Selection Committee included Ralph Begleiter, Tara Sonenshine, Elizabeth Becker, Samuel Lewis, David Sanger, Karen DeYoung, Carla Anne Robbins, Anne Blackman, John Walcott, and Casimir Yost.

Presented annually, the Prize recognizes one or more journalists for distinguished reporting on international and diplomatic issues and is made possible by Edward Weintal’s will, which created an endowment at Georgetown University.

As a senior correspondent at "The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer," Margaret Warner reports on and interviews the men and women who are shaping every facet of today's world. In addition, Warner co-anchors "America Abroad," an hour-long radio program devoted to foreign affairs aired on 90 public radio stations through Public Radio International. Previously, she worked at Newsweek as White House reporter and then as chief diplomatic correspondent during four tumultuous years that saw the end of the Cold War, the collapse of the Soviet Union and the first Gulf War.

Author of "Willful Blindness: The Bush Administration and Iraq," Trudy Rubin writes the “Worldview” column for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Before coming to The Inquirer in 1983, Rubin served as Middle East correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor. Prior to that, she was a national correspondent for The Monitor, covering election campaigns and national political and social issues. In 2001, she was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary for her columns on the Middle East.

As executive editor of The New Republic (1972-75), Walter Pincus covered the Watergate Senate hearings, the House impeachment hearings and the Watergate trial. In 1975, he moved to The Washington Post to write for the national staff of the newspaper and work part time for NBC and CBS News. While on sabbaticals from journalism, Pincus directed investigations leading to legislation for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee in foreign government lobbying (1962-63) and in U.S. military and security commitments abroad (1969-70). In 2002, he was one of six Post reporters who won a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting.

Edward Weintal, a former Polish diplomat who became a diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek, established an endowment at Georgetown to recognize outstanding journalists covering diplomacy and international affairs. Since Weintal’s death in 1973, the Prize has been awarded annually to internationally acclaimed figures in print and broadcast journalism.

About the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy

The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy (ISD), founded in 1978, is a program of Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service and is the School’s primary window on the world of the foreign affairs practitioner. ISD studies the practitioner’s craft: how diplomats and other foreign affairs professionals succeed and the lessons to be learned from their successes and failures. For more information about ISD please visit: http://isd.georgetown.edu.

About Georgetown University

Georgetown University is the oldest Catholic and Jesuit university in America, founded in 1789 by Archbishop John Carroll. Georgetown today is a major student-centered, international, research university offering respected undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on its three campuses in Washington, DC. For more information about Georgetown University, visit www.georgetown.edu.

Editor's Note: Media are invited to cover the award ceremony and lecture, but must RSVP to Andrea Fereshteh at (202) 687-4328 or aes54@georgetown.edu. A mult box will be provided.
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