2008 Honorees

The City University of New York is pleased to announce the winners of the Murray Kempton Awards for Journalism. Named for the famed columnist who captured the soul of the city while often serving as its conscience, these awards recognize a professional journalist for outstanding public service and special awards that honor the contributions of outstanding undergraduate student journalists. The awards will be presented at CUNY's Journalism, Broadcast and New Media Conference and Career Fair on Oct. 3, 2008. Student award winners are recipients of scholarship awards underwritten by the Economist.

Kempton Public Service Award

William Rashbaum
The New York Times

In more than two decades on the streets of New York City, reporter William K. Rashbaum has earned a reputation for incisive reporting and crisp, clear writing. His career has taken him from the Associated Press to Newsday, the Daily News and The New York Times. Often covering cops and the crime beat, he has nonetheless broken major stories of broad significance, including corruption of public officials, the Navy's squandering of $126 million in constructing housing that it later abandoned on Staten Island, and recently safety problems in high-rise construction.

Best News Story

"SEEK Helps Students Stay on Track" by Sherry Mazzocchi, Baruch College, The Ticker. Ms. Mazzocchi was a senior when the article appeared. Read the story.

Best Feature Story

"Why Ly Ky Tran is Relaying for Life," by Tracy Neiman, Hunter College, The Hunter Envoy. Ms. Neiman was a freshman when the article appeared. Read the story.

The Kempton Pride of the University Award for Commentary

"Our Right to Know" by Steven Appel, Queens College, The Knight News. Mr. Appel was a junior when the article appeared. Read the story.

There were no submissions in two categories, Best Video Documentary/Photography and Best New Media.