2009 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. Student award winners are recipients of scholarship awards underwritten by The Economist.

Best News Story

“When Army Recruiting Gets Personal” by Tiffany Charbonnier of Brooklyn College. Read the story

Best Feature Stories

“Heart of Glass: Suzanne Glass” by Jaillan Elgallad of Brooklyn College. Read the story


“Bushwick: Ethnographic Profile of a North Brooklyn Neighborhood” by Jessica Lawson of the CUNY Baccalaureate Program, written at Hunter College. Read the story

Best Commentary

“I’m Drinking Red Bull ’Cause I Want Your Body: Diatribe of a Disgruntled New Yorker,” by Hannah Levine of Hunter College. Read the story

Best New Media Business Plan

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