Helen Bernstein Book Awards
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Helen Bernstein Awards
Book Awards For Excellence in Journalism
Nina Bernstein (no relation to Helen Bernstein), has been named the winner of the 2002 New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. The $15,000 prize was awarded for her book The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care | Paperback. The award recognizes journalists for drawing public attention to important issues. NYC Hotels
The Helen Bernstein Annual Book Awards, now in its 14th year, honors journalists and their unique role in drawing the attention of the public to important current issues. To be eligible for the award, a book must be an outgrowth of the author's work as a journalist.
The award was established by Joseph F. Bernstein in honor of Helen Bernstein in 1987. The gift not only supports the award, but also endows the position of Chief Librarian in the Periodicals Section of the Library.
Winners are chosen by a panel of publishers and journalists. The panel this year is chaired by Osborn Elliott, Chairman of the Citizens Committee for New York City. The other members are James Hoge, Editor of Foreign Affairs, Harold W. McGraw III, Chairman, President, and C.E.O. of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Alair Townsend, Publisher of Crain's New York Business, Tina Rosenberg, of The New York Times Editorial Board and Ray Sokolov, Leisure & Arts Editor of The Wall Street Journal. The winner receives a $15,000 prize. The other finalists will each receive $1,000.
Winner Nina Bernstein (no relation to Helen Bernstein), The Lost Children of Wilder: The Epic Struggle to Change Foster Care | Paperback
Carry Me Home: Birmingham, Alabama, the Climactic Battle of the Civil Rights Revolution by Diane McWhorter | Hardcover | Paperback | Microsoft e-book | Adobe e-book Winner of the 2002 Pulitzer Prize for Nonfiction
James Bamford for Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret the National Security Agency | Paperback
1999 We Wish to Inform you that Tomorrow We Will Be Killed with Our Families by Philip Gourevitch | Hardcover | Paperback | Adobe e-book | Microsoft e-book, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award in 1998
1997 David Quammen for The Song of the Dodo: Island Biogeography in an Age of Extinctions | Paperback
1996 Tina Rosenberg for The Haunted Land: Facing Europe's Ghosts After Communism | Paperback
1995 Joseph Nocera for A Piece of the Action: How the Middle Class Joined the Money Class | Paperback
1993 Samuel Freedman for Upon This Rock: The Miracles of a Black Church
1992 Alex Kotlowitz for There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America | Paperback
1991 Nicholas Lemann for The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How it Changed America | Paperback
1989 Judy Woodruff, Honored for her series of television reports focusing on the Iran-Contra affair
1988 James Reston: Honored in recognition of his fifty-year contribution to journalism
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