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Columbia Journalism School Names 2018 Alumni Awards Winners

Dean Steve Coll and the Alumni Association of the Columbia Journalism School are proud to announce the recipients of the 2018 Alumni Awards.

The winners are Neil Barsky ’84, founder and chairman of The Marshall Project; David Gonzalez ’83, reporter and editor of The Lens blog for The New York Times; Alissa Quart ’97, executive editor of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project; and Sam Roe ’86, investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune.

The awards are presented annually for a distinguished body of work in any journalism medium, for an outstanding single journalistic accomplishment, for a notable contribution to journalism education, or for an achievement in related fields. The awards are highly prized because they represent recognition of excellence by professional peers. The winners are selected by a panel of jurors made up of previous Alumni Award winners who examine the impact of the work of each nominee.

The 2018 awards will be presented Saturday, April 21, at a luncheon during the Journalism School’s Alumni Weekend, at Low Memorial Library on the Columbia University campus.

Here is more on this year’s winners:


  • Neil Barsky ’84 is founder and chairman of The Marshall Project, a Pulitzer Prize-winning nonprofit news organization that focuses on the criminal justice system. He has also worked as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal, where he won a 1991 Gerald Loeb award for his coverage of the collapse of Donald Trump's financial empire,  and The New York Daily News. He has been an equity research analyst (Morgan Stanley), a hedge fund manager (Midtown Capital, Alson Capital) and a documentary film director (“Koch”). Barsky also recently served as chairman of the Columbia Journalism Review board of advisers.


  • David Gonzalez ’83 is a longtime reporter for The New York Times and currently serves as the   co-editor of The Lens blog, which  highlights the work of Latino and Latin American photographers, as well as featuring up-and-coming photojournalists in the U.S. and abroad. Before joining The Times in 1990, Gonzalez worked at  Newsweek Magazine, where he was a national correspondent in Detroit and Miami. At the Times, he has served as Bronx Bureau Chief, Metro Religion writer, About New York columnist and the Central America/Caribbean Bureau Chief. More recently, he wrote the biweekly Citywide feature column, as well as having published a year-long look at the life of an undocumented family in New York City. As a long-time member of the Metro desk of The New York Times, his work has often focused on the city’s neighborhoods and how they reflect the larger social and cultural issues in American society.


  • Alissa Quart ’97  is the executive editor of the journalism non-profit Economic Hardship Reporting Project. She co-founded its current incarnation with Barbara Ehrenreich. She is also the author of four books “Branded,’’ “Republic of Outsiders,’’ “Hothouse Kids’’ and the poetry book “Monetized.’’ Her fifth book, “Squeezed: Why Our Families Can't Afford America,’’ is forthcoming in June 2018 from Ecco/HarperCollins. She writes the Outclassed column for The Guardian and has published features and reported commentary in many magazines and newspapers, most recently in The Atlantic, The New York Times, Elle, Reuters and The Nation. She won the LA Press Club Award for Commentary, received a 2010 Nieman fellowship at Harvard University, and has been nominated for an Emmy and a National Magazine Award.


  • Sam Roe ’86 is an investigative reporter for the Chicago Tribune. He was part of the reporting team that won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, for a series on hazards for children that pushed Congress to pass the broadest reform of consumer-product safety laws in a generation and prompted massive recalls. Roe has been a Pulitzer finalist four other times (2000, 2011, 2013, 2017) . He most recently collaborated with data scientists at Columbia University Medical Center to uncover prescription drug combinations that are linked to a serious heart condition.


Maria Newman is the director of Alumni Relations. To learn more about alumni weekend 2018 visit: