Contact: Kim Brockway For immediate release

(212) 854-2419 April 21, 1999



Three Win Columbia Universityās

Highest Journalism Alumni Award


Three prominent alumni of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism will receive the schoolās highest alumni honor this Friday, April 23. They are:

David Brown (Ī37), film producer and former journalist;

Carl Leubsdorf (Ī60), Washington bureau chief of the Dallas Morning News;

Allan Sloan (Ī67), Wall Street editor of Newsweek.

Each will receive a 1999 Columbia Journalism Alumni Award, given for journalistic excellence, a single outstanding journalistic accomplishment, and/ or a contribution to journalism education. This year for the first time the award was expanded to recognize an alumnus whose primary accomplishments have not been in journalism but who has his roots in journalism.

Presentations will be made at the Journalism Alumni Associationās spring meeting at 6 P.M. in the Faculty Room of Low Memorial Library on the Columbia campus, Broadway and West 116th Street.

David Brown, president of The Manhattan Project, had a long career as a journalist before becoming the producer of many of the most memorable movies of our time. A former managing editor of Cosmopolitan magazine and author of several books, Brownās films include Jaws, The Player, A Few Good Men, and Oscar-winners Driving Miss Daisy and The Sting. He has been a member of the Journalism Schoolās Board of Visitors since its creation in 1989.

Carl Leubsdorf has covered the nationās capital and eight presidents since he graduated from the Journalism School. Since 1981 he has been Washington bureau chief for the Dallas Morning News, where is also assistant managing editor. He is currently co-host of Capital Conversation, a weekly public affairs program appearing on television stations owned by A.H. Belo Corp., the parent company of the Dallas Morning News. He has also been a correspondent for the Associated Press and the Baltimore Sun.

Allan Sloan has written about finance and business for Newsweek for more than 25 years; his Newsweek stories also appear the same week in the Washington Postās business section. Before joining the magazine, he wrote a syndicated business column for Newsday that appeared in major newspapers including the Washington Post, the Boston Globe, and the L.A. Times. Earlier, he was an editor and covered business for Forbes, Money and the Detroit Free Press. Sloan is a five-time winner of the Gerald Loeb Award, business writingās highest honor.

Previous recipients of the Alumni Award include Bennett Cerf (Ī20), Molly Ivins (Ī67), CNNās Myron Kandel (Ī53), CBS Newsā Steve Kroft (Ī75), the Washington Postās Dorothy Gilliam (Ī61), and the Associated Pressā Lou Boccardi (Ī59).

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