David Willman To Receive First Annual David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism

Contact: Nancy Palmer
Date: October 26, 2005

Cambridge, MA — David Willman of The Los Angeles Times will receive the first annual David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism at 6 p.m. Oct. 27, at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Nyhan Prize was established by friends and family of the late David Nyhan and the Kennedy School's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

David Nyhan was a reporter and columnist for The Boston Globe for three decades. He was a graduate of Harvard College, a Shorenstein Fellow in the Spring of 2001, and a well-known political commentator.

"We are delighted to present the first David Nyhan Prize to David Willman, for his many years of distinguished reporting in the public interest" said Alex Jones, director of the Shorenstein Center.

Willman is a reporter on the investigative team in the Washington bureau of The Los Angeles Times. Since joining the staff in 1990 he has worked on many investigative projects. He is a two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize: in 2001, for an investigation into the FDA's approval of seven drugs suspected of causing more than 1,000 deaths; and in 1995, for local reporting on spot news (team coverage) of the Northridge earthquake.

Willman has twice been a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. In 1997, with colleagues at The Los Angeles Times, Willman received the George Polk Award for articles about financing of the U.S. presidential campaign. Prior to joining The Los Angeles Times, Willman was a reporter for the San Jose Mercury News (1986-90) and for the Pasadena Star News (1978-83).



will begin at X:xx p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge.

The Forum address is open to the public and to the press. This event will also be web-streamed live: http://www.iop.harvard.edu/events_forum.html

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