WALLA WALLA, Wash.-- Four Whitman students have received Whitman’s prestigious 2007 Hosokawa Journalism Awards. The students will receive certificates and checks for $500 ($250 each for tied entries).

 The award for best editorial/opinion piece was shared by Karlis Rokpelnis ’09 for his piece “Whitman’s uber-liberalism assumption: In response to Lucie Dufkova’s ‘Pop that liberal bubble,’” which was published in the Feb. 1, 2007, issue of the Pioneer; and Sophie Johnson ’08 for “My country ‘tis of thee: Sweet land of liberty,” which was published in the Oct. 12, 2006, issue of the Pioneer. Johnson also received the award for best news/sports story for “’Blackface’ incident ignites campus,” which ran in the Oct. 26, 2006, issue of the Pioneer. Best feature story went to Alex Frank ’08 for “Mike Park: A portrait of punk’s perfect outcast,” which ran in the April 20, 2006, issue of the student newspaper. Daniel Bachhuber ’10 won for best photojournalism with a photo of an alumnus which was published in a Feb. 8, 2007 issue.

 Renowned White House correspondent Helen Thomas presented the 2007 Hosokawa Lecture, “Front Row at the White House,” to a packed and enthusiastic Cordiner crowd Feb. 21.

 The Hosokawa Lecture and the Journalism Awards honor Robert R. Hosokawa, a 1940 Whitman graduate who enjoyed a long career in journalism, corporate communications and education. After graduating from Whitman with honors in English, Hosokawa was considering law school when he and other Japanese-Americans were forced into internment camps at the start of World War II. He and his wife were allowed to leave their internment camp in Idaho after one of his former Whitman professors found him a job with a weekly newspaper in Independence, Missouri.

 Hosokawa is now retired and living in Florida. His son, David Hosokawa, created the endowment that finances annual journalism awards and brings distinguished journalists to the campus for lectures and workshops.

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