ProPublica Editor-in-Chief Paul Steiger is the recipient of the 2009 Richard M. Clurman Award for mentoring young journalists. The honor is presented each year as part of the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists to honor a "superb on-the-job mentor."
Mentoring young journalists has been a central theme of Steiger’s journalistic career, which included serving for 16 years as the managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. Since launching ProPublica in 2008, Steiger has created an investigative newsroom that includes many young journalists, including Michael Grabell, Joaquin Sapien and Sabrina Shankman who were Livingston finalists this year. Previous Clurman Award winners have included William F. Buckley Jr., Mary McGrory, Clay Felker and Arthur Gelb among others.
This year’s Livingston Award winners included Mark Greenblatt, 32, of KHOU-TV in Houston for local reporting, David Nathaniel Philipps, 32, of The Gazette in Colorado Springs for national reporting, and Abbie Boudreau, 32, of CNN for international reporting.
The Livingston Awards honor journalistic excellence for professionals under the age of 35 and are sponsored by the Mollie Parnis Livingston Foundation. This year’s judges were Christiane Amanpour, Ken Auletta, Tom Brokaw, Dean Baquet, Charles Gibson, Ellen Goodman, Clarence Page, John F. Harris and Anna Quindlen.