Larry Cohler-Esses wins David Twersky Journalism Award


(JTA) — Larry Cohler-Esses of the Forward won the 2013 David Twersky Journalism Award.

The prize was awarded to Cohler-Esses, the paper’s assistant managing editor, for his April 19 exclusive Cairo interview with Mousa Abu Marzook, Hamas’ second in command.

It is the second year that the prize, named for the former editor of the New Jersey Jewish News who died of cancer in 2010 at age 60, has been awarded. The award recognizes the work of journalists at the Forward and New Jersey Jewish News, the two publications where Twersky worked for nearly two decades.

Amir Cohen, a colleague of Twersky during his tenure with both publications, founded the award in Twersky’s memory.

“The mission of the judges was to find that one piece that David would have considered most remarkable,” said Cohen, who headed the judges committee that included Twersky’s children, Anna and Michael; Connecticut Jewish Ledger Publisher Ricky Greenfield; and former American Jewish Press Association President Elana Kahn-Oren.

Michael Twersky added, “This interview is a monumental achievement for The Forward and it is no surprise the judges found it worthy of this year’s award.”

Cohler-Esses will receive a medal and a $1,000 honorarium at an award ceremony in the spring.

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