Gary Cohn (journalist)

Gary Cohn (born March 9, 1952[1]) is an American Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Gary Cohn
Born (1952-03-09) March 9, 1952 (age 69)
Brooklyn, New York
EducationB.A., State University of New York, Buffalo
TitleFreelance Journalist
Awards1998 Pulitzer Prize Winner

He won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting,[2] with Will Englund, while at The Baltimore Sun, and has been a Pulitzer finalist on two other occasions.[3][4] Cohen has won numerous additional journalism awards, including the 1997 George Polk Award, and the Investigative Reporting & Editors (IRE) gold medal.[5][6]

Education and backgroundEdit

Cohn is a native of Brooklyn, New York.[1] He graduated summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a BA in psychology and political science and studied law, for a year, at University of California, Berkeley.[1]

He was Atwood Professor of Journalism at the University of Alaska Anchorage from 2001 to 2003 and currently teaches, as an adjunct professor, in Journalism, at the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Journalism.[7][8]

In October 2020, Cohn was awarded a McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism, with Eric Pape, a fellow professor at the Annenberg School of Journalism. The prize was awarded so they could "look into the fast-growing anti-vaccine movement and its implications for people and science in the age of Covid-19."[9]

CareerEdit

Cohn has reported for the Baltimore Sun, Philadelphia Inquirer, Los Angeles Times, Lexington Herald-Leader, Wall Street Journal, and for the columnist Jack Anderson in Washington.[8] He has worked as a freelance journalist since 2010, (LinkedIn profile) and his stories have appeared in numerous publications and online sites such as the Huffington Post, Salon, Capital & Main, and Juvenile Justice Information Exchange.[10][11][12]

in 1975, after a year of law school at the University of California, Cohn went to work as an investigator at the Southern Research Council.[1] He also began working as a reporter for the columnist, Jack Anderson, who had been a target for assassination by senior staff of Richard Nixon administration.[1][13] Cohn left in 1980 to work as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and the Lexington Herald-Leader specializing in investigative reporting.[1]

Cohn worked for The Philadelphia Inquirer from 1986–1993 before leaving to work under John Carroll of the Baltimore Sun, at a time when the Inquirer was struggling to keep from losing its staff.[1][14] While at the Sun, Cohn and fellow journalist, Will Englund, won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting under Carroll, having been given 18 months to travel and investigate the environmental dangers and hazardous conditions that shipbreakers faced in the mostly unregulated industry.[2][15]

Cohn worked under Carroll again, from 2003–2007, at the Los Angeles Times, as an investigative reporter.[16] He reported for a short time, in sports, before leaving to work as a Senior Writer for Bloomberg Markets, (2007-2008) where he won the Bartlett and Steele award with Darrell Preston.[17][18][19]

Cohn is also a contributor to Mesothelioma.com, in an effort to bring attention to the asbestos industry concerning asbestos related illnesses.[20]

AwardsEdit

Cohn has won more than 30 prizes for journalism.[1] Some of his awards are listed below.

  • 1995 The Eric & Amy Burger Award from the Overseas Press Club for "Battalion 316," with Ginger Thompson, The Baltimore Sun, for reporting on the Honduran army unit responsible for political assassinations and torture and exposing the CIA involvement in support and training of the Honduran army in the 1980s[21]
  • 1996 The Seldon Ring Award for "Battalion 316," with Ginger Thompson, The Baltimore Sun[22]
  • 1997 The George Polk Award for Environmental Reporting for "Shipbreakers," with Will Englund and Perry Thorsvik, The Baltimore Sun, for reporting on the hazardous conditions that shipbreakers faced due to lack of training and the effects on the environment.[5]
  • 1997 The Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal, for Newspapers – Circulation More Than 250,000, reporting on "Shipbreakers," with Will Englund, The Baltimore Sun.[6]
  • 1997 The Whitman Bassow Award from the Overseas Press Club for "Shipbreakers," with Will Englund and Perry Thorsvik, The Baltimore Sun[21]
  • 1998 the Seldon Ring Award for "Shipbreakers," with Will Englund, The Baltimore Sun[22]
  • 1998 The Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for "Shipbreakers," with Will Englund, The Baltimore Sun[2]
  • 2009 The Barlett & Steele Silver Award for "AARP's Stealth Fees," with Darrell Preston of Bloomberg Markets[19]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Fischer, Heinz Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J. (2002). Complete Biographical Encyclopedia of Pulitzer Prize Winners, 1917-2000: Journalists, Writers and Composers on Their Ways to the Coveted Awards. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-598-30186-5.
  2. ^ a b c "The Pulitzer Prize Winners, 1998, Investigative Reporting". Pulitzer.org. Retrieved May 8, 2007.
  3. ^ 2002 The Pulitzer Prizes. "Finalist: Douglas M. Birch and Gary Cohn of The Baltimore Sun". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  4. ^ 1996 Pulitzer Prizes. "Finalist: Staff of The Baltimore Sun". www.pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  5. ^ a b "Past Winners | Long Island University". liu.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  6. ^ a b "1997 IRE Award winners". IRE. Retrieved 2020-10-09.
  7. ^ Johnson, Jennifer (May 5, 2010). "Q&A with investigative journalist Gary Cohn". businessjournalism.org. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  8. ^ a b "Gary Cohn". annenberg.usc.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  9. ^ "Five Journalists win McGraw Reporting Grants". www.journalism.cuny.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  10. ^ Capital & Main (2013-10-15). "Radio: Gary Cohn Explains Pew-Arnold Alliance". capitalandmain.com. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  11. ^ "Gary Cohn | Salon.com". www.salon.com. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  12. ^ Truthout. "Gary Cohn". Truthout. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  13. ^ International, United Press. "LIDDY ADMITS HE WOULD HAVE KILLED 2". Sun-Sentinel.com. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  14. ^ "American Journalism Review - Archives". ajrarchive.org. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  15. ^ Schudel, Matt (2015-06-14). "John S. Carroll, acclaimed newspaper editor in Baltimore and L.A., dies at 73". Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  16. ^ Fischer, Heinz Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J. (2002). Complete Biographical Encyclopedia of Pulitzer Prize Winners, 1917-2000: Journalists, Writers and Composers on Their Ways to the Coveted Awards. Walter de Gruyter. ISBN 978-3-598-30186-5.
  17. ^ "Pulitzer winner Cohn heads to LAT". 29 June 2003.
  18. ^ "Muscling up in Sports". 12 May 2006.
  19. ^ a b "Miami Herald, Bloomberg Markets reporters win Barlett & Steele Awards". Poynter. 2009-10-07. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  20. ^ "Gary Cohn". Mesothelioma.com. Retrieved 2020-10-10.
  21. ^ a b "Overseas Press Club of America".
  22. ^ a b "Selden Ring Previous Winners". annenberg.usc.edu. Retrieved 2020-10-09.

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