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For immediate release
February 19, 2004
Contact: Laura Gross, 202-513-2304

NPR'S Anne Garrels Wins Prestigous Polk Award

WASHINGTON-NPR's Anne Garrels is the recipient of the George Polk Award for Radio Reporting in recognition of her outstanding coverage of the war in Iraq. With bombs falling and the threat of sniper fire constant, Garrels, NPR's senior foreign correspondent in Baghdad, reported each day, alone - with no production crew, researchers, or glitzy graphics. One of sixteen American journalists who stayed in Baghdad's now-legendary Palestine Hotel, she was the only correspondent from an American broadcast network left to cover the initial American invasion of Iraq. Her daily reports gave listeners the sights, sounds, and smells of this war with unparalleled vividness and immediacy.

Garrels' work in Baghdad has also been recognized with the International Women's Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award and InterAction's Award for Excellence in International Reporting. Garrels was also part of the NPR News team that was recently awarded the 2003 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award's Silver Baton for its distinguished coverage of the war in Iraq. She turned her experience in Iraq into a book, Naked in Baghdad: The Iraq War as Seen by NPR's Correspondent (Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, September 2003), which she wrote with her husband, Vint Lawerence.

Garrels began her career in journalism at ABC News, covering the Soviet Union, Central America, and the State Department before moving to NBC. Since 1988, she has been a foreign correspondent for NPR News, where more than 20 million listeners regularly hear her each week. Renowned for direct, down-to-earth, insightful reportage, and for her independent take on what she sees, Garrels has covered conflicts in Chechnya, Bosnia, Kosovo, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Israel, and the West Bank. She is also on the board of the Committee to Protect Journalists.

On Friday, April 2, Long Island University will present the George Polk Awards at a luncheon at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. Founded by the University in 1949, the George Polk Awards memorialize the CBS correspondent slain covering a civil war in Greece and rank among America's most coveted journalism honors.

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