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Irena Choi Stern to Receive Alumni Award from Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

By Communications Department, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Apr. 22, 2015:  Irena Choi Stern, a 2001 graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, will receive an alumni award on April 25, 2015, during the school's alumni weekend. Previous winners include Paul Branzburg '67, Gail Collins '82, Steve Kroft '75, Joseph Lelyveld '60, Walt Mossberg '70, and Janice Min '91.  

Stern retired in June of 2014 after serving 10 years as the assistant dean for alumni relations for the journalism school. During her tenure, she expanded the scope of the journalism school's alumni relations program, including establishing an alumni board, serving as managing editor of a newly redesigned school publication, and broadening the school's outreach to its international alumni population. She joined the journalism school in 2002 to launch the Kurt Schork Awards in International Journalism and administer the Lukas/Lynton Prize Project. She has written for the New York TimesPsychology Today, the New York Daily News, and AOL. Stern was raised in India, Egypt, Morocco, and Jamaica, where her father served as the Korean Ambassador. She is a graduate of Wellesley College and The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.  

The alumni awards are presented annually for a distinguished journalism career in any medium, an outstanding single journalistic accomplishment, a notable contribution to journalism education, or an achievement in related fields. The awards, which represent recognition of excellence by professional peers, are highly prized by the journalism school's alumni, many of whom go on to become respected leaders in the field. The winners are selected by a panel of jurors composed of previous award winners headed by Fiona Kirk ’00, chair of the alumni board.

Pictured here:  Irena Choi Stern.

Photo courtesy Irena Choi Stern by request

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While the earliest settlers of Bronxville date back to the first half of the 18th century, the history of the modern suburb of Bronxville began in 1890 when William Van Duzer Lawrence purchased a farm and commissioned the architect, William A. Bates, to design a planned community of houses for well-known artists and professionals that became a thriving art colony. This community, now called Lawrence Park, is listed on the National register of Historic Places and many of the homes still have artists’ studios. A neighborhood association within Lawrence Park called “The Hilltop Association” keeps this heritage alive with art shows and other events for neighbors.

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