Bernie Kohn, weekend managing editor at Bloomberg News, was recognized by the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing with the President’s Award, on April 27, 2018, during SABEW18, SABEW’s annual conference, in Washington, D.C.
SABEW President Mark Hamrick chose to honor Kohn, a former SABEW board member and past president, for his years of service to the organization, including his role as co-chair in this year’s spring conference.
“SABEW is tremendously grateful to those who continue to, not just serve the organization, but provide superb leadership year after year. Bernie Kohn’s continuing service, exemplified by his excellent work on our conference, is truly remarkable,” said Mark Hamrick, SABEW president and senior economic analyst, Washington bureau chief at Bankrate.com.
“I am humbled, honored and completely surprised to receive this recognition,” Kohn said. “SABEW has given far more to me than I have to it. As we face unprecedented challenges to the free flow of information and holding our business and economic institutions accountable, SABEW’s values of advancing our craft and building communities of knowledge are more important than ever.”
At Bloomberg, Kohn oversees the global breaking-news report on weekends out of Washington, where he joined Bloomberg in 2010 as a team leader for regulation coverage. He previously spent 27 years as a reporter and editor for newspapers including the Charlotte Observer, the Washington Post and the Baltimore Sun, where he led a team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in 2007 for stories chronicling abuses in Maryland’s centuries-old ground-rent laws.
About SABEW: Members of SABEW band together in the individual and collective pursuit of the highest standards of economic journalism. The organization recognizes that economic freedom is inextricably linked to political freedom and that an informed citizenry can ensure these freedoms are sustained. It is SABEW’s mission as an independent, non-profit organization to encourage comprehensive reporting of economic events without fear or favoritism and to increase members’ skills and knowledge through continuous education.
SABEW recently has become more focused on press freedom. To that end, it has issued statements and created events and training highlighting the importance of journalism, including the principle that fact-based reporting is necessary for the health of robust democracies. SABEW advocates for full access to financial and economic data, including information collected and distributed by governments.