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News & Notes: Gellman ’82 wins award for national security reporting

Barton Gellman ’82, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who writes for The Washington Post, was one of 30 recipients to receive the George Polk Award for national security reporting, according to The National Post.

Gellman, along with The Guardian’s Laura Poitras, Ewen MacAskill and Glenn Greenwald, was recognized for reporting based on the documents that former intelligence analyst Edward Snowden leaked.

Gellman’s and the others’ reporting efforts have opened up a renewed debate over the legitimacy of government surveillance by revealing the extent of surveillance and massive data collected by the National Security Agency.

This was the 65th annual George Polk Award, conferred each year to honor investigative and enterprise reporting that is original, requires resourcefulness and procures results that gain public attention. The Polk award ceremony will be held April 11 in New York.

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