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2012.04.11 > For Immediate Release
contact: Shane Pekny - International Studies & Programs
phone: 402.554.2376 - email: spekny@unomaha.edu

Winners of Andy Award for International Journalism Announced

Omaha - The University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) announced today the latest winners of the Andy Award for international journalism. Named in honor of former Omaha World-Herald Publisher Harold W. Andersen, the annual award recognizes the best international reporting by Nebraska-based news organizations.

This year’s top winner is the Omaha World-Herald’s series “At War at Home: On the Ground in Afghanistan,” originally published in Spring 2011 and maintained as a blog at omaha.com. A luncheon today on UNO’s campus will recognize the newspaper’s leadership and the reporting team behind the Afghanistan project: Reporter Joseph Morton, Photographer Alyssa Schukar, Reporter Matthew Hansen, and Editor Cate Folsom.

“The World-Herald team dug beneath the conflict in Afghanistan,” said Tom Gouttierre, dean of International Studies & Programs at UNO and chair of the Andy Award committee. “They reported from the perspectives of both Nebraska National Guard troops and their Afghan partners, helping Nebraskans fully understand this complex and critical relationship.”

UNO also announced a change to the Andy Award competition in future years. Rather than awarding past journalistic accomplishments, the program will now solicit proposals from Nebraska-based news organizations for new international reporting projects. Each year, the best proposal will win up to $5,000 to help cover the cost of international travel and other related expenses.

“We want to be more forward-looking,” Gouttierre said. “At a time when news organizations are facing budgetary constraints, we want to encourage reporters to continue covering global issues of importance to Nebraskans.”

Nebraska-based news organizations – print, broadcast, and online – as well as freelance reporters may apply for the next Andy Award at any time; the deadline is Oct. 15. The application is available at world.unomaha.edu or by contacting UNO’s International Studies & Programs, 402.554.2376. Winners will be announced during International Education Week, Nov. 12 - 16.

The award program has existed since 1987. For the past 10 years, winners have received monetary awards, thanks to the generosity of Harold and Marian Andersen.

At today’s luncheon, two other awards will recognize Nebraskans who have helped increase the global awareness and international understanding of their fellow citizens.

Marica Adler, director of Health Services at UNO, will receive the Andersen-Gouttierre Award for helping international students feel healthy and at home in Omaha.

Additionally, the West Point Chamber of Commerce will receive the Gahan Community International Leader Award. Named in honor of Dewaine and Bobbie Gahan, former publishers of the Oakland Independent and the Lyons Mirror-Sun, the Gahan Award recognizes rural Nebraskans who have fostered relationships between their communities and the world. The community of West Point, led by the Chamber, has long hosted international students and other visitors from UNO, immersing them in rural American culture.

Past Winners of the Andy Award for international journalism:

- 2009 Carol Katzman, The Jewish Press
- 2008 KIOS-FM Radio
- 2005 Ted Kirk & Gordon Winters, Lincoln Journal Star
- 2004 Jared Hart & Gary Sadlemyer, KFAB Radio
- 2003 Joe Duggan, Catherine Huddle, & Ken Blackbird, Lincoln Journal Star
- 2002 Gordon Winters, Lincoln Journal Star; Charles Reinken, Omaha World-Herald
- 2001 Scott Bauer & Nati Harnik, Associated Press; Stephen Buttry & Kiley Christian Cruse, Omaha World-Herald
- 2000 Angela Heywood-Bible & Ted Kirk, Lincoln Journal Star; UNO Television
- 1999 David C. Kotok, Omaha World-Herald
- 1998 Jeff Carney, Robert Nelson, & Rick Ruggles, Omaha World-Herald
- 1997 Charley & Norma Najacht, Custer County Chief; Henry Trysla, South Sioux City Star
- 1996 Dewaine & Bobbie Gahan, Oakland Independent & Lyons Mirror-Sun; Jeff Bundy & Jason Gertzen, Omaha World-Herald
- 1995 Stephen Kent, The Catholic Voice
- 1994 Bill Eddy, Lincoln Journal
- 1993 Kay Lavene, Kearney Hub
- 1992 Bob Reeves, Lincoln Star
- 1991 Mary Williams, KMTV Channel 3 Omaha
- 1990 Steve Jordan, Omaha World-Herald
- 1989 Loretta Carroll, KMTV Channel 3 Omaha
- 1988 Ken Campbell, Scottsbluff Star Herald
- 1987 Harold W. Andersen, Omaha World-Herald

For more information on the Andy Awards, contact Shane Pekny, manager of community engagement and marketing for International Studies & Programs at UNO, at 402.554.2376 or by email at spekny@unomaha.edu.

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