DNAinfo.com New York's Amy Zimmer Wins 2012 Deadline Club Award for National Arts Club Coverage

DNAinfo.com reporting team named finalists for Occupy Wall Street evacuation coverage

Jun 05, 2012, 10:33 ET from DNAinfo.com New York

NEW YORK, June 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- DNAinfo.com New York, the city's leading neighborhood news source, congratulates Amy Zimmer for winning a Society of Professional Journalists' 2012 Deadline Club Award for her reporting on the National Arts Club scandal.  DNAinfo.com New York was also recognized as a finalist for its spot news coverage of the surprise Occupy Wall Street evacuation from Zuccotti Park.

Zimmer spent months investigating the National Arts Club, a venerable New York arts and cultural institution rumored to have fiscal management problems.  Her reporting prompted a new investigation by the District Attorney and the Attorney General's offices, ultimately resulting in the ouster of the board president, O. Aldon James, after a 25-year tenure. 

"We're proud of Amy Zimmer and her tenacious coverage of the National Arts Club mismanagement scandal, which was followed by nearly every other news outlet in the city," said Leela de Kretser, publisher and editorial director of DNAinfo.com New York.  "And our team did an incredible job under tight time constraints, producing more than ten breaking news stories on the tumultuous day the Occupy Wall Street movement was evacuated from Zuccotti Park."

DNAinfo New York's coverage of the NYPD's nighttime evacuation of Occupy Wall Street movement on November 15 included a range of stories about the arrest of more than 200 protesters, details about how the raid was planned, the day's court hearings and protest marches through the city.  The Deadline Club selected DNAinfo New York as a finalist alongside the New York Times for its coverage of the U.S. credit rating downgrade and the Associated Press for reporting on the Japanese tsunami.   

The winners were announced last night at the club's annual awards dinner.  The Deadline Club, founded in 1925, is one of the largest chapters of the Society of Professional Journalists, including professionals working in broadcast, print, online, and journalism education.  This year, more than 70 media outlets submitted nearly 440 entries. 

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