By Chris Daly
The new Polk Awards have been announced. Less well known than the Pulitzer Prizes (which will be announced in the spring), the Polk Awards are administered by the journalism department at Long Island University. They honor George Polk, a CBS journalist who was killed in the line of duty.
The Polk folk have graciously decided to bestow a posthumous award on Anthony Shadid for his “extraordinary valor” in reporting from the Mideast.
Let me also offer two Boston-related congrats:
–To Boston University alum Tyler Hicks, a NYTimes photographer who won a Polk Award for his contributions to the coverage that won the prize for foreign reporting.
–To the Boston Globe, for maintaining an investigative unit, which won the prize for legal reporting. The Globe team exposed the dramatic rate at which drunk-driving cases get broomed out of courts in Massachusetts.
For all the winners, a hearty congratulations.