Maria Hiaasen accepted this year’s Richard M. Clurman mentoring award in New York at the Livingston Awards on behalf of her late husband Rob Hiaasen, who was assistant editor and columnist for Annapolis’ Capital Gazette when he was gunned down last year. With his widow in photo is Dean Baquet, executive editor of The New York Times.
The mass shooting occurred on June 28, 2018, when the gunman barged into the Annapolis newsroom armed with a shotgun and killed five Capital Gazette employees. In addition to Hiaasen, those killed were Gerald Fischman, John McNamara, Rebecca Smith and Wendi Winters. Two others were injured while trying to escape.
The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists honor outstanding achievement by professionals under the age of 35 in local, national and international reporting.
The largest all-media, general reporting prize in American journalism, the Livingston Awards judge print, broadcast and online journalism against one another, a practice of increasing interest as technology blurs the traditional distinctions between the branches of journalism.
Each year three prizes of $10,000 are presented by the judging panel at a New York luncheon. Leading media figures and the winners’ families and colleagues attend to honor the winners. By recognizing the best young talent early in their careers, the Livingston Awards seeks to support the work of young journalists, create modern role models for the next generation of news consumers and advance excellence in journalism.
Richard M. Clurman Award, honors superb on-the-job mentors who improve journalism by exemplifying excellence in nurturing, critiquing and inspiring young journalists.