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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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