Congratulations to Cezary Podkul on winning the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Larry Birger Young Business Journalist prize, which honors journalists under 30 years old. Podkul will receive his award and a $1,500 honorarium at SABEW’s New York Fall Conference on October 9th.
“Larry Birger played an important role in the development of business journalism and it gives us great pleasure to recognize his legacy through this award to Podkul,” said Josh Merkin, vice president of rbb Communications.
Podkul was chosen over 33 other journalists who asked to be considered for the prize. The judges looked at work he has done at a variety of publications, including USA Today, The Washington Post and Reuters, where he worked before joining ProPublica. They noted that his work for USA Today helped free up hundreds of millions in unspent highway funds earmarked by Congress for pet projects. He has covered energy and commodities and the private equity industry, among other beats, after leaving investment banking in 2008 to pursue journalism.
“I've never wanted to do anything but business and financial journalism, so being able to follow Larry's footsteps is a true honor. I'm thrilled and humbled to be this year's winner,” said Podkul.
Earlier this year Podkul was named the winner of the New York State Society of CPA’s 2014 EFJ Award for the Best Explanatory article.