It’s been a big week for The Century Foundation. Senior fellow Barton Gellman was named a winner of the George Polk Award, one of the highest honors in journalism. Meanwhile, fellow Harold Pollack received the Award for Creative and Effective Institutions from the MacArthur Foundation. Finally, #TCFBest said goodbye to Blog of the Century mainstay Ben Landy, who leaves The Century Foundation to join a great group of writers and editors at MSNBC.
We Have a Winner
In a decision that surprised very few, TCF senior fellow Barton Gellman received a 2014 George Polk award for his reporting on the National Security Agency’s extensive surveillance programs. Gellman shared the honor with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Ewen MacAskill, all of whom have written stories based on documents from former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. Gellman is no stranger to accolades: he won Pulitzer Prizes for reporting in both 2002 and 2008.
One Million Dollars
A day after Gellman’s win, TCF fellow Harold Pollack got some good news of his own. Pollack and his partner, Jens Ludwig, received the Award for Creative and Effective Institutions—and a $1 million grant—from the MacArthur Foundation for their work at the Crime Lab at the University of Chicago. Pollack and Ludwig are researching a simple but far-reaching question: “How easy is it to get a gun?” Pollack and his team are the among the first academics to dig into the data on guns in a city that is somewhat notorious for its gun crime.
Bye Bye Benjamin
Policy associate and prolific blogger Ben Landy said goodbye this week after a three-year at TCF. Ben’s final piece for Blog of the Century tackled a topic that has become his trademark: the economics of higher education. In this case, Ben argues that it’s time for colleges to rethink the SAT. Ben has written some of the most-read pieces for our blog. (If you missed his pieces on filibuster reform and college graduation rates, do yourself a favor and go cach them now.) Ben will be missed, but we’ve no doubt he’ll be a smashing success at MSNBC.