Heywood Broun award judges, clockwise from left: Chair Deborah Zabarenko of Reuters; Lawrence Margasak, recently retired from The Associated Press; Christopher Assaf, Baltimore Sun video editor; and Pedro da Costa of Reuters.
The world’s most vulnerable children became the unexpected theme of 2012 Heywood Broun Awards, with the top honor going to Rod Nordland of the New York Times for his series,“Kabul’s Killing Freezes.”
The award, which comes with a $5,000 check, is given annually by The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America. Named for the crusading New York City columnist who helped found the Guild and served as its first president, the award honors excellence in journalism in the tradition of Broun – fighting injustice and righting wrongs.
The career journalists comprising the judging panel were Lawrence Margasak, a recently retired Associated Press reporter, Christopher Assaf, a former photojournalist who is now video editor at The Baltimore Sun, and Reuters reporter Pedro da Costa. Chairing the panel was Deborah Zabarenko, also of Reuters. Continue reading
Long-time NMG shop steward Larry Margasak at the presidential inauguration, Jan. 21, 2013
The News Media Guild’s longtime Washington shop steward Larry Margasak, one of the Guild’s most successful recruiters and organizers, retired at the end of January after 47 years with the AP.
Margasak, a talented political writer, has long been a fixture on Capitol Hill, covering congressional debates and political intrigues. Most recently, he covered the delay in approving aid for Hurricane Sandy victims and the Obama administration’s handling of information after the fatal attack on the U.S. diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya. Continue reading