Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He is the author of the bestselling books The Beautiful Struggle, We Were Eight Years in Power, and Between The World And Me, which won the National Book Award in 2015 and was a #1 New York Times bestseller, as well as required or recommended reading at over 400 college and universities across the country. Mr. Coates is a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. Since 2016, Coates has also written Marvel’s The Black Panther comic book. He lives in New York with his wife and son.
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Julie Sandorf has served as President of the Charles H. Revson Foundation since January 2008. Before joining the Foundation, Ms. Sandorf was the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Nextbook, an organization dedicated to the creation and promotion of Jewish literature, culture and the arts. From 1991 through 1999, she was President of the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH), an organization she founded that worked in partnership with foundations, nonprofits and governments to deliver permanent solutions to chronic homelessness. Prior to CSH, Ms. Sandorf was a Program Director at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, where she forged a public-private partnership to revitalize distressed neighborhoods throughout New York City.
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The 11th annual Awards for Excellence, honoring media and public service leaders, provides scholarships for CUNY J-School students. Proceeds also enable the School to provide stipends to students with unpaid summer internships, unique among graduate journalism programs. This year, we are pleased to allocate a portion of scholarship proceeds from this event to members of the Ida B. Wells Society for Investigative Reporting.
Since it launched 11 years ago, the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism has quickly become one of the best and most diverse graduate schools of journalism in the country. While the program has grown enormously, its mission remains unchanged: to prepare students from a broad range of economic, racial and ethnic backgrounds to produce high quality journalism at a time of rapid technological change.