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02.20.2018

CBS NEWS CORRESPONDENT DAVID BEGNAUD WINS GEORGE POLK AWARD FOR PUBLIC SERVICE FOR EXTENSIVE COVERAGE OF HURRICANE MARIA

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud will receive a George Polk Award for Public Service for his extensive coverage of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, it was announced today by Long Island University.

Last summer, Begnaud reported from Puerto Rico for nearly two months covering Hurricane Maria and its devastation. In the early days after the storm, he was one of the few reporters to travel outside San Juan to chronicle the suffering of the people in the mountains and rural areas of the island. While on the ground, he used many different platforms to broadcast breaking news from the island, becoming the only source of information for many Puerto Ricans stuck without power. One of his interviews with the governor of Puerto Rico was credited for bringing awareness about the lack of supplies being delivered to the residents.

Begnaud’s extensive reporting was featured across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms, including daily, continuous coverage on CBS THIS MORNING, the CBS EVENING NEWS and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service. Begnaud’s reporting on social media also reached millions of people who desperately sought out information from the island.

The winners of the 69th Annual George Polk Awards will be honored at a luncheon ceremony in Manhattan on April 6.

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