Village Voice Wins Berger Award

Michael Kamber Wins Columbia J-School Award

(New York) May 13, 2002

The Village Voice, the nation’s largest alternative weekly newspaper, today announced that reporter Michael Kamber has won the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism 2002 Mike Berger Award.

The Berger Award honors feature reporting in the tradition of the late Meyer “Mike” Berger, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times. His “About New York” column in the 1950s set the standard for human interest reporting about the lives of ordinary people. This distinguished honor will be conferred at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism graduation ceremony on May 21st.

Kamber’s winning submission consisted of a three-part series “Crossing to the Other Side,” kamber.php which documented the migration of impoverished Mexicans to New York City.

Additionally, this is the third consecutive year that the Voice has received the Berger Award. In 2001 Jennifer Gonnerman won for “Life on the Outside” a report on one family coming to grips with the legacy of imprisonment, and in 2000 Guy Trebay was awarded the Berger Award for his weekly columns.

In total, the Voice has won 8 Berger Awards since 1961. Michael Kamber will share the award with Wall Street Journal reporter Lucette Lagnado, also a winner of the award for feature reporting.