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February 19, 2013 6:16 pm

‘Forward’ Editor Wins Twersky Award for Interview With Hamas Official

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An editor who last spring conducted the first-ever interview a senior Hamas leader gave a Jewish publication was announced as the winner of an annual award named after a distinguished Jewish journalist.

Larry Cohler-Esses, assistant managing editor at The Forward, won the 2013 David Twersky Journalism Award for his interview in Cairo with Mousa Abu Marzook—Hamas’s second-ranking official—in April 2012.

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

The award—whose inaugural winner last year was New Jersey Jewish News (NJJN) Editor in Chief Andrew Silow-Carroll—was established to recognize the work of journalists at the NJJN and The Forward, the newspapers where Twersky worked for a combined two decades. Twersky’s time at The Forward “was a scoop-filled period when he established the newspaper as a serious voice for the Jewish community in Washington,” and at NJJN he “transformed a community paper into a strong, state-wide publication through a series of mergers with neighboring Jewish community newspapers,” according to a press release.

Announced on Twersky’s birthday, Feb. 19, the honor comes with a medal and a $1,000 prize.

“The mission of the judges was to find that one piece that David would have considered most remarkable,” award founder Amir Cohen, who was Twersky’s colleague at both NJJN and The Forward, said in a statement.

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  • Yoel Nitzarim

    I must be missing something here. A Jew interviewed the number two man of Hamas and won affirmative recognition for doing so? This does not compute in my brain. Why would a Jew want to interview a hater of the Jewish people? Why would a Jew interview a member of the terrorist group responsible for the murder of so many Jews? Why would a Jew be interested in the ideas of a man who follows the teachings of Yusuf al-Qarawdari, the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood of which Hamas is an offshoot? I guess I can understand why Norman Finkelstein would visit the Gaza Strip, for he is an outspoken hater of Israel. Congratulations to Larry Cohler-Esses, assistant manager of The Forward. You certainly have accomplished some feat.

    • Jerry Hersch

      Yoel, you ask ‘Why ?’
      Apparently you do not play chess ,a mental game, where you want to get completely into the head of the person on the other side of the board.

  • Pam

    Doesn’t David Twersky look a lot like actor Jeffrey Jones?