Harvard University's Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy will honor Case Western Reserve University's Ted Gup with its prestigious Goldsmith Book Prize on March 18 for his 2007 book, Nation of Secrets: The Threat to Democracy and the American Way of Life (Doubleday).
Gup, Case Western Reserve University's Shirley Wormser Professor of Journalism, is being recognized for his investigative work, which examines how secrecy has corrupted American institutions and affected the daily lives of American citizens.
The Shorenstein Center's Goldsmith Awards Program encourages a "spirited debate" about government, politics and the press. The book prize awards are given for "distinguished scholarship by writers examining free speech, public television, race, journalism ethics and campaign advertising."
Gup joins a list of distinguished journalists, who have published books that look at critical issues in American life. Among past honorees is his former Washington Post executive editor Leonard Downie Jr., who with Robert G. Kaiser wrote The News About the News: American Journalism in Peril.
Nation of Secrets is the second book for the former investigative reporter. The book also won the 2007 George Orwell Award from the National Council of Teachers of English for "distinguished contribution to honesty and clarity in public language."
Gup's first book, The Book of Honor: Covert Lives and Classified Deaths at the CIA, also published by Doubleday, became a bestseller about the lives of anonymous CIA workers who died in the line of duty.
The Goldsmith Book Prize comes just months after Gup was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame for his contributions to the field of journalism.
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