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Chriss Swaney
412-268-5776

For immediate release:
October 29, 2003

Carnegie Mellon's Prestigious Cybersecurity Reporting Awards Go To ABC News, ABC Nightline, MSNBC.com and The Washington Post

PITTSBURGH—ABC's World News Tonight and ABC NEWS Nightline won top honors in the broadcast reporting category of Carnegie Mellon University's 2003 Cybersecurity Journalism Awards program at the National Press Club Oct. 27 in Washington, D.C.

Specifically, Kendra Gahagan and Richard Sergay of ABC's World News Tonight won for spot news in the broadcast category; and Ted Koppel, Chris Bury and Tom Bettag of ABC News Nightline took top honors for their news documentary work.

In the print category, Robert O'Harrow Jr. of The Washington Post was the winner with John Markoff of The New York Times receiving the award of merit.

MSNBC.com's Alan Boyle and Bob Sullivan won for online cybersecurity reporting, and anchor Renay San Miguel of CNN received the award of merit in the online category.

The awards were developed by Carnegie Mellon and the Newseum to honor editors, reporters and producers who have done the most to educate the public by giving readers and viewers a better understanding of America's ongoing war against terrorism.

A panel of judges was chaired by Pradeep Khosla, co-director of Carnegie Mellon's CyLab and the Dowd Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Carnegie Mellon, and Susan Bennett, veteran journalist and director of international exhibits at the Newseum in Arlington, Va. The Newseum is an interactive museum of news. Carnegie Mellon's new CyLab is an umbrella organization designed to make every click of the computer for home and industry users safer.

The award judges included David Ensor, a national security correspondent with CNN; Marilyn Thompson, assistant managing editor of investigative reporting at The Washington Post; Carol Giacomo, diplomatic correspondent for Reuters; and Mark Thompson, national security correspondent for Time Magazine.

All entries were published or broadcast after Sept. 1, 2001. Judging was based on several criteria including deadline pressures and content. All finalists demonstrated the ability to explain complex issues through clearly defined examples.

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