LOOKING INWARD: The annual Overseas Press Club Awards highlight the best journalism focused on international crisis, but at the 70th such event, held Wednesday at Mandarin Oriental in New York City, the domestic crisis faced by the news business seemed to weigh most heavily.
The event, said president Alan Dodds Frank, “is not a wake,” in case there was any confusion. But that didn’t stop Jim Lehrer from tearing up while accepting the President’s Award for lifetime achievement. (In his defense, Lehrer said, he’d been known to “tear up during a good light beer commercial.”) And though New York Times foreign correspondent Dexter Filkins, who won for best nonfiction book on international affairs, “The Forever War,” was on the road, he sent rather urgent word via his editor: “I love newspapers. We need them more than ever. Long may they live.” Ruth Gruber, 97, was honored for her career as a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune, during which she became the first foreign correspondent ever to go to the Soviet Arctic. Gruber, in white sequins, spilled her secret for living as long as she has: “It’s four easy words,” she said. “Never, never, never retire.”
— Rebecca Harrington
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