Roslyn Bernstein prize for Cultural Reporting

About Roslyn Bernstein


Roslyn Bernstein created the Journalism Department at Baruch College in [YEAR]. During that time, she founded and led Dollars and Sense, Baruch's prize-winning online magazine, for over 20 years.

She also founded the Harman Program in 1998 and was director of the program for 16 years, bringing in renowned writers, including Edward Albee, Jhumpa Lahiri, Charles Simic and William Finnegan. She has contributed greatly to the success of the program, as well as the success of the writers and students who have participated in it throughout the years.

During her career as a journalist, Bernstein has published news and feature articles, catalogue essays and opinion pieces on education, neighborhood development, media, culture and the arts. Her published work includes stories on corporate art collections, nonprofits and startups, as well as profiles of individual artists, educators and business leaders.

She has reported from the United States, Eastern Europe, Israel and China for publications including The New York TimesNewsdayThe Village VoiceNew YorkParents, ContemporaneaAmerican BankerArtnews and the Columbia Journalism Review.

Bernstein's works include Boardwalk Stories, a collection of 14 linked tales spanning the decades 1950 to 1970, as well as Illegal Living: 80 Wooster Street and the Evolution of SoHo, which is the biography of the first artists' live-work building in SoHo created by Fluxus visionary George Maciunas.  She is currently working on a novel set in Jerusalem in 1961, during the Adolf Eichmann trial.


I began life as a poet, concerned with color, form, and images. This led me to cultural reporting, to long-form features and profiles on artists and arts organizations, exhibits, studios, artist housing, and on funding for the arts, too. Stories in black-and-white and in color. Textured tapestries, crafted from careful reporting, woven into our sensibilities, enriching our lives! 

The Harman prize in Cultural Reporting honors my lifelong commitment to the field. Bravo to the Harman Family Foundation for their generosity and vision!
                — Roslyn Bernstein

Barbara Harman, Baruch alumnus Sidney Harman's daughter and executive director of the Harman Family foundation, joined by Harman family members, announced the Roslyn Bernstein Prize for Cultural Reporting on Dec. 8, 2015 at Roslyn Bernstein's career celebration gathering. The cash prize is awarded each year to select students for exceptional cultural and arts reporting.

The inaugural winners of the prize are:

Lenore Fedow
Melissa Jones
Michael Machado

Links to Roslyn Bernstein's articles:

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