Henry Weinstein ’69, veteran journalist and legal affairs writer for the Los Angeles Times, has won this year’s John Chancellor Award for Excellence. The prize recognizes a body of work distinguished by “courage, integrity, curiosity and intelligence” and is given annually to a single journalist by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. In announcing the award, Nicholas Lemann, dean of the journalism school, described Weinstein’s work as a “study in journalistic commitment and a genuine love of reporting.”
Weinstein, 62, received his bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley and a law degree from Boalt Hall. He began his career with the Los Angeles Times in 1978, and has covered a long list of beats, including housing, organized labor, politics and local government. A two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Weinstein won journalism’s highest award in 1993 as part of the Los Angeles Times reporting team that covered the Los Angeles riots, and two years later as part of the Times‘ staff coverage of the 1994 Northridge earthquake.
The Chancellor Award is accompanied by a $25,000 check. It was established in 1995 to honor the late broadcast journalist and NBC News anchor John Chancellor.