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Chakrabarty wins Margolin prize

The Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver has awarded former Rocky Mountain News reporter Gargi Chakrabarty the 2008 Morton Margolin prize for Distinguished Business Reporting.

The award, first given in 1980, recognizes outstanding business reporting about Colorado business or its economy and is the longest running award for business reporting in the United States. It is given in honor of Morton Margolin, a Colorado reporter who received numerous awards during his 35-year career as a journalist.

Daniels College of Business Dean Christine Riordan and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Anne McCall recognized Chakrabarty at a luncheon attended by Margolin family members, newspaper executives and DU officials. Chakrabarty received $2,000 in prize money.

“Morton Margolin was known for his commitment to ethics and integrity,” Riordan said.  “That makes this award even more special, because it reflects the same commitment to values shared by the Daniels College of Business and the division of Arts, Humanities and Social Science.”

The competition was judged by faculty from the DU School of Communication and the Daniels College of Business.

Chakrabarty’s winning series, “Ethanol Boom: Kernel to Car,” ran in the Rocky Mountain News in December 2007.

A group of Margolin’s friends established the award following his death in 1978 to recognize his career as a business journalist for local publications, including the Rocky Mountain News and Colorado Business Magazine.

The cash award was made possible by gifts from corporate, industrial and personal contributors in the belief that recipients of this award would mirror the high standards exemplified by Margolin’s achievements in business reporting.

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