Thursday, June 11th, 2015

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The Ippies are the only journalism awards in NYC to honor reporting in English and other languages  by the ethnic and community press. The Ippies are considered a benchmark of journalistic excellence and are a coveted prize for the publishers, editors, and reporters in New York City’s ethnic and community press.

The Ippies dinner and awards distribution ceremony will be held at:

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Third Floor
219 West 40th Street (Between 7th and 8th avenues)
New York, NY 10018


6:00pm – Reception
7:30pm – Awards Program
8:30pm – Dessert Reception

Randall Pinkston, Al Jazeera America

Melissa Mark-Viverito, New York City Council Speaker

Bio of Melissa Mark-Viverito

Melissa Mark-Viverito currently serves as the Speaker of the New York City Council, the first Puerto Rican and Latina to hold a citywide elected position. She represents the 8th District, which includes El Barrio/East Harlem and the South Bronx.

Speaker Mark-Viverito was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She worked for over a decade in local activism, nonprofit organizations and labor before being elected to the City Council in 2005, as the first Puerto Rican woman and Latina to represent her district in the Council.

In 2009, she was elected to her second term in the City Council, during which she served as Chair of the Committee on Parks and Recreation, the founding Co-Chair of the Progressive Caucus and as a member of the Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. In 2011, she was one of four Council Members to pioneer the first-ever Participatory Budgeting process in New York City.

She is a graduate of Columbia College at Columbia University and Baruch College, City University of New York, where she studied Public Administration through the National Urban Fellows Program.


Bio of Randall Pinkston

Randall Pinkston is an award-winning, freelance journalist covering national and international issues  for Al Jazeera America. Pinkston joined Al Jazeera America in September 2013, after working for CBS for more than 30 years.

Pinkston joined CBS News in 1990 as a White House Correspondent, covering the administration of President George H. W. Bush. After Bush’s re-election defeat, Pinkston became a general assignment correspondent in CBS’ Washington Bureau.

Pinkston covered many of the major stories of the past two decades, including the Chilean earthquake, Tiger Woods’ return to the Augusta National Golf Club: Masters Tournament, the first anniversary of the Haiti earthquake, the final launch of NASA’s shuttle, Discovery, from the Kennedy Space Center, and the election of Pope Francis.

Pinkston, an adjunct professor at City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism, is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2008 Public Service Award for coverage of the aids crisis in among African-Americans. He also won three national Emmy Awards and two for local news coverage. In 1996, he received an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism and the Edward R. Murrow Award from the RTNDA for the documentary, “CBS Reports: Legacy of Shame.”

Pinkston began his career in Jackson, Miss., as an anchor/reporter at WLBT TV and as an announcer at WJDX FM Radio. Pinkston graduated from Millsaps College in Jackson, Miss., in 1973 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and from the University of Connecticut Law School in 1980 with a J.D. degree. Pinkston and his wife, Patricia McLain, live in Bergen County, N.J.


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