ASIA SOCIETY ANNOUNCES 2006 WINNERS OF THE OSBORN ELLIOTT PRIZE FOR EXCELLENCE IN ASIAN JOURNALISM
BARBARA DEMICK OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES
AND MATTHEW McALLESTER OF NEWSDAY
HONORED FOR EXAMINATIONS OF NORTH KOREA AND NEPAL
April 20, 2006 (New York City)—Asia Society today awarded Barbara Demick of The Los Angeles Times and Matthew McAllester of Newsday the prestigious Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Asian Journalism. Norman Pearlstine, Senior Advisor to Time Warner and former editor-in-chief of Time Inc., chaired the independent jury that oversees the prize selection process and will present each of the winners with a $5,000 award at a public program to be held June 1st at Asia Society world headquarters in New York.
The "Oz Prize" honors legendary journalist and author Osborn Elliott, former editor-in-chief of Newsweek, and one of the leading figures in the history of American journalism. The Oz Prize is awarded annually to a writer who has produced the best example of journalism about Asia in print or online during the calendar year.
6 June 2006, New York Sun, "Asia Society Bestows 'Ozzies'" by Gary Shapiro, pg.
The Asia Society board chairman, Richard Holbrooke, welcomed attendees at a luncheon last Thursday to honor winners of the 2006 Osborn Elliott Prize for Excellence in Asian Journalism. The awards, he said to audience laughter, have become "known as the Ozzies." The award has also affectionately been called the "Oz Prize."
Mr. Holbrooke told of his 34 years of friendship with Mr. Elliott, who served as editor in chief and chairman of Newsweek from 1961 to 1976. Mr. Elliott was founding chairman of Citizens for NYC and became New York's first deputy mayor for economic development.