NBC News reporter, producer to receive Polk Award

Long Island University will present the 2006 George Polk Awards to a dozen journalists, including a reporter and producer from "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," and filmmakers Spike Lee and Sam Pollard.

The awards will be presented April 12 at a luncheon honoring the winners at the Roosevelt Hotel in New York City. The annual George Polk Awards Seminar will take place the day before at Bloomberg Headquarters.

TV journalism honorees include:

  • Senior investigative correspondent Lisa Myers and producer Adam Ciralsky from "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams." They will receive the George Polk Award for network TV reporting for coverage of a secret effort by the U.S. Army to scuttle a promising technology designed to protect soldiers from rocket-propelled grenades;
  • Spike Lee and Sam Pollard will receive the George Polk Award for documentary television. The pair are being honored for their two-part HBO series, "When the Levees Broke: A Requiem in Four Acts."

Long Island University has administered the Polk awards since their founding in 1949. They memorialize CBS correspondent George W. Polk, who was slain covering the civil war in Greece in 1948.

For more information, visit www.brooklyn.liu.edu/polk/press/2006.html.