The winners of the 2012 George Polk Awards -- a prestigious honor in the journalism world -- were announced this morning. I am delighted to have received one for an investigative project into the role for-profit online education companies have played in shaping digital education policies under development here in Maine.
Other recipients included David Corn of Mother Jones who broke the
story about Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments; reporters from both the New
York Times and Bloomberg News for uncovering high-level
corruption in China; and journalists at the Washington Post, the New Yorker, Frontline, CBS News, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and California Watch.
The winning stories ran in the Maine Sunday Telegram on Sept. 2, 2012; don't miss the sidebar!
Since the stories came out, one of the two companies in question, K12 Inc., has been in hot water in Florida, Colorado, Tennessee, and other states. Last month Maine's charter school commission rejected its application to start a full-time, taxpayer-financed charter school here in Maine, along with a rival application from Connections Learning, a division of publishing giant Pearson. The state legislature will be considering five bills that would impose a temporary or permanent ban on this type of school.
Here's the Press Herald story on the award, along with links to the pieces. It also got mentions in today's New York Times and by the Associated Press.
And thanks to the board of the George Polk Awards for this wonderful honor.