Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism Names Winners of the 2014 Annual Alumni Award

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Four prominent alumni of Columbia Journalism School will receive the 2014 Alumni Award. The winners are David Bohrman ’78, Vanessa Bush ’97, Borzou Daragahi ’94 and Ari Goldman ’73.
The awards will be presented on Saturday, April 26, 2014, as a feature of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Alumni Weekend (April 25-26). The awards ceremony will take place in Low Memorial Library on the Columbia campus.
The Alumni Awards are presented annually for a distinguished journalism career in any medium, an outstanding single journalistic accomplishment, a notable contribution to journalism education or an achievement in related fields. The awards, which represent recognition of excellence by professional peers, are highly prized by the Journalism School’s alumni, many of whom go on to become respected leaders in the field. The winners are selected by a panel of jurors composed of previous award winners, headed by Fiona Kirk ’00, chair of the Alumni Board.
More about the 2014 Columbia Graduate School of Journalism Alumni Award winners:
David Bohrman ’78 has been one of the most innovative, experienced and respected TV journalists for more than 30 years -- from Producer to Executive Producer to Senior Management at ABC News, NBC News, CNN, and Current TV. He was part of the original staff on Nightline in 1980, and in 1982 he became the youngest senior producer up to that time in network television. He spent 13 years at ABC and 4 at NBC News before moving to CNN. After 9/11 he created NewsNight with Aaron Brown, and then became the CNN Washington Bureau Chief in charge of all political programming, creating the YouTube Debates in 2007 and producing about a dozen others debates and all election coverage in 2002-2010. He was o
ne of Fast Company Magazine's "100 Most Innovative People in the World" in 2011 and became Chief Innovation Officer for CNN. He was then hired as President of Current TV, the network founded by former Vice President Al Gore. That network was sold in 2013 to Al Jazeera.
Vanessa Bush ’97 is editor-in-chief of ESSENCE, responsible for overseeing the content and vision for the preeminent magazine for Black women.    Bush joined ESSENCE more than a decade ago as Beauty and Fashion Features Editor.  In 2003, she was named Lifestyle Editor and was promoted to Executive Editor in 2005.  Prior to joining ESSENCE, she served in a variety of editorial capacities at publications such as Life and Glamour. She is also the coauthor of the best-selling beauty and empowerment book, Tyra Banks Beauty Inside & Out.   Bush received a B.A., cum laude, in English and American Literature from Harvard University, and a M.S. in magazine concentration from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Borzou Daragahi ’94 is the Cairo-based Middle East and North Africa correspondent for the Financial Times. He previously worked as bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times in both Baghdad and Beirut. He has covered culture, commerce, politics and war in the Arab world, Iran, Afghanistan,Turkey and Europe since 2002. He has thrice been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international journalism and won Overseas Press Club, American Academy of Diplomacy and Los Angeles Times awards. Born in Iran, he grew up in New York City and the Chicago area and speaks Persian as well as some Arabic, German, Spanish and French.
At graduation, Ari L. Goldman ’73 took a job as a copy boy at the New York Times, where he eventually went on to cover education, transportation, state politics and religion. He left the Times in 1993 to join the faculty of Columbia Journalism where he introduced the popular “Covering Religion” seminar. In recent years, he’s taken his religion students on study-tours of Israel, India, Ireland, Italy and Russia. Along the way, Goldman wrote four books, including the best-selling “The Search for God at Harvard.” His new book, which will be published in June, is called “The Late Starters Orchestra.”
About the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
For almost a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists in a program that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry, and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer in 1903, the school offers master of science, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy degrees. For more information about the Journalism Alumni Awards, visit:


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