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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

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2002 Nominees | Previous Winners | Note

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.

2002 Nominees

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

Andrew Solomon for Noonday Demon: An Atlas of Depression | Hardcover | Paperback | Audio Cassette | Audio CD Winner of the 2002 Lambda Award for Autobiography and the 2001 National Book Award

James Bamford for Body of Secrets: Anatomy of the Ultra-Secret the National Security Agency | Paperback

Steven Johnson for Emergence: The Connected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities and Software | Hardcover | Paperback

Previous Winners

2001 Persian Mirrors: The Elusive Face of Iran by Elaine Sciolino | Hardcover | eBook

2000 (Shared) James Mann for About Face: A History of America's Curious Relationship with China, from Nixon to Clinton | Hardcover | Paperback

2000 (Shared) Patrick Tyler for A Great Wall: Six Presidents and China: An Investigative History | Hardcover | 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

1998 Patti Waldmeir for Anatomy of A Miracle: The End of Apartheid and the Birth of the New South Africa | Hardcover | Paperback

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

1994 David Remnick for Lenin's Tomb: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire; Winner of the Pulitzer Prize 1994 | 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

1990 Thomas Friedman for From Beirut to Jerusalem | Paperback | Audio Cassette

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

For bringing this award to my attention I wish to thank:

Steve Stratton               
Social Sciences Librarian
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, Virginia 23284-2033

Source: NYPL

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