Bill Kovach will receive this years Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism at an award ceremony tonight (March 9) at 8:00 p.m. at the Kennedy School of Government.
Kovach, curator of the Nieman Foundation and ombudsman for Brills Content magazine, has been a journalist and reporter for 40 years, including 18 years as reporter and editor for the New York Times. He served as editor of the Atlanta Journal–Constitution for two years during which time the paper won two Pulitzer Prizes.
In addition, Kovach is a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Public Integrity; chair of the advisory board of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; and member of the Harvard Magazine board of incorporators. He also serves in an advisory capacity to the Public Television program P.O.V., Public Campaign, the Environmental Media Services, and the Citizens Commission on Civil Rights.
Most recently, Kovach co-authored, with Tom Rosenstiel, the book Warp Speed: America in the Age of Mixed Media (Century Press, 1999).
The Goldsmith Career Award is given annually to recognize and honor a journalist whose work has enriched the political discourse and society. The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy gives the award as part of the Goldsmith Awards Ceremony at the Kennedy School.
“Bill Kovach has a long and distinguished career as a journalist and mentor to others in his profession,” said Thomas E. Patterson, director of the Shorenstein Center and Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press at the Kennedy School. “He has been an untiring advocate of public-spirited journalism.”
Previous winners of the Goldsmith Award are Lesley Stahl, Dan Rather, Barbara Walters, Peter Jennings, Mike Wallace, Ted Koppel, Don Hewitt, and Bob Woodward.
The Goldsmith Awards Program, launched in 1991, also includes a $25,000 prize for investigative reporting, a $5,000 book prize, research awards, and fellowships. The winners of these prizes will also be announced at tonights event.
In conjunction with the Goldsmith Career Award ceremony, the Neiman Foundation will present the seminar, “The Present and Future of Investigative Reporting,” tomorrow (Friday, March 10) at 9:30 a.m. in the Malkin Penthouse, Kennedy School.
Kovach will participate in a panel discussion which will include journalists and editors from The Chicago Tribune, Time Magazine, The Associated Press, The Boston Globe, The Toledo Blade, and The Los Angeles Times.