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Posts Tagged ‘David Grann’

Sigma Delta Chi Awards Announced

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards — which honor excellence in professional journalism — have been announced. Each year the Society of Professional Journalists sort through over 1,700 entries to pick winners in print, radio, television and online. Below are the magazine winners. Click through for the entire list.

Magazine Investigative Reporting (National Circulation)
“Duping the Donors,” by David Evans, Bloomberg Markets

Magazine Investigative Reporting (Regional/Local Circulation)
“Crime, No Punishment,” by Lilly Rockwell, Florida Trend

Magazine Writing (National Circulation)
“The Yankee Comandante,” by David Grann, The New Yorker

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Sarah Palin Struggles to Name Influential Journalists at Correspondents’ Dinner

Sarah Palin, who rocketed to fame after being unable to form a single coherent answer during an interview with Katie Couric, had a similar moment after the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

At the MSNBC after party, NBC’s blog NBCU Direct asked several famous attendees the following question: “Who do you think is the most influential journalist today?”

This actually turned out to be an amazing question choice. Some had answers right off the top of their head: Eliot Spitzer confidently chose Brian Williams, based on his viewership, followed by Jon Stewart. SNL’s Bill Hader got credit for choosing a non-TV personality, The New Yorker‘s David Grann.  But others struggled to even come up with a name (or seemed reluctant to name someone other than themselves, like Bret Baier).

Sarah Palin, well, she was one of the people who struggled. When asked she responded, “Oh my goodness, that’s a great question!” with excessive brightness, before asking her husband Todd Palin what he thought.

Todd had nothing

Palin returned,  “Um, gosh, that’s a great question, I have to think about it, OK? Because there are many.”

At that moment she walked up to Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, with whom she was attending the MSNBC party, and then turned back to the NBC cameras and shouted: “Greta Van Susteren!”

Video is below the jump.

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