Carnegie Mellon Names Six Finalists For Prestigious Cybersecurity Reporting Awards


October 24, 2003

Six national journalists will vie for top honors at Carnegie Mellon University's 2003 Cybersecurity Journalism Awards program at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The finalists include Robert O'Harrow Jr. of The Washington Post and John Markoff of The New York Times in the print category; Renay San Miguel of CNN and Alan Boyle and Bob Sullivan of for the online category; Kendra Gahagan and Richard Sergay of ABC's World News Tonight for spot news in the broadcast category; and Ted Koppel, Chris Bury and Tom Bettag of ABC News Nightline for the news documentary category.

The awards were developed by Carnegie Mellon and the Newseum to honor editors, reporters and producers who have done the most to educate the public by giving readers and viewers a better understanding of America's ongoing war against terrorism.

A panel of judges was chaired by Pradeep Khosla, co-director of CyLab and the Dowd professor of electrical and computer engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and Susan Bennett, veteran journalist and director of international exhibits at the Newseum in Arlington, Va. The Newseum is an interactive museum of news. Carnegie Mellon's new CyLab is an umbrella organization designed to make every click of the computer for home and industry users safer.

The award judges included David Ensor, a national security correspondent with CNN; Marilyn Thompson, assistant managing editor of investigative reporting at The Washington Post; Carol Giacomo, diplomatic correspondent for Reuters; and Mark Thompson, national security correspondent for Time Magazine.

All entries must have been published or broadcast after Sept. 1, 2001. Judging was based on several criteria including deadline pressures and content. All finalists demonstrated the ability to explain complex issues through clearly defined examples.

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