For Release Upon Receipt - May 20, 2005
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WASHINGTON POST SHANGHAI BUREAU CHIEF RECEIVES BU JOURNALIST OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR REPORTING ON ASIA
Veteran journalist honored with first annual award endowed by alumnus Hugo Shong
(Boston) — Peter S. Goodman, Shanghai bureau chief and Asian economic correspondent for the Washington Post, was honored with the first annual Hugo Shong Journalist of the Year Award for Reporting on Asian Affairs on May 22 at Boston University. The award is presented by Boston University’s College of Communication to a print journalist who during the previous year has displayed outstanding reporting on Asian issues for Western audiences. Following his commencement address to the Boston University College of Communication’s class of 2005, Goodman was presented with the award by publishing executive and BU alumnus Hugo Shong.
Goodman began his professional writing career in 1989 at the Japan Times, contributing features from Kyoto. He later moved to Southeast Asia, based first in Manila and then in Jakarta as he freelanced for a variety of newspapers, among them The Los Angeles Times, the Miami Herald, the Dallas Morning News, London’s Daily Telegraph and The Australian. While freelancing, Goodman reported on the eruption of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines, which ended the US military presence there; the war and United Nations deployment in Cambodia; the struggle for independence in East Timor; and economic reforms in Vietnam.
After a fellowship year at the University of California at Berkeley to study Vietnamese, Goodman arrived as a metro reporter at the Maryland desk of the Washington Post in June 1997 and in 2002 assumed reporting duties as Shanghai bureau chief and Asian economic correspondent. He has been deployed widely to other foreign projects including South Korea, covering the Korean nuclear crisis, and to Iraq to look at the reconstruction of the oil industry and the scandal over the oil-for-food program. Goodman’s awards include a citation from the Overseas Press Club for his work from China in 2002 and sharing the 2005 American Society of Newspaper Editor’s Jesse Laventhol Prize for Deadline Reprting as part of a team that covered the Indian Ocean tsunami.
In addition to the Journalist of the Year Award for Reporting on Asian Affairs, Boston University alumnus Hugo X. Shong, a native of China, has endowed the Hugo Shong Lifetime Journalism Achievement Award at the College of Communication. Awarded for the first time last fall, the $35,000 lifetime achievement award is given to a print or broadcast journalist whose body of work exemplifies the highest quality of reporting and analysis. Ted Koppel, 40-year veteran of ABC News and anchor of television’s first late-night network news program, “Nightline,” was the first recipient of the award.
Shong is president of International Data Group’s Asian-Pacific operations and senior vice president of International Data Group, Inc. (IDG), the world’s top technology publisher with 250 magazines and newspapers in 85 countries. In 2002, he received IDG’s Chairman’s Award for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Opened in 1947 as the School of Public Relations, Boston University’s College of Communication, with an enrollment of more than 2,300 graduate and undergraduate students, specializes in journalism, film and television, mass communication, advertising and public relations. Some 22,000 COM alumni work throughout the communications industry worldwide, reflecting the highest standards and accomplishments in their professions. Notable alumni include Bill O’Reilly and Linda Vester of FOX News Channel, Gary Tuchman of CNN, Boston Globe editorial page editor Renee Loth, Emmy-Award nominated producer Jeff Kline, Schneider & Associates, Inc. president Joan Schneider, and screenwriter Scott Rosenberg. Boston University, with more than 29,000 students enrolled in its 17 schools and colleges, is the nation’s fourth largest independent university.
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