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Release date: Nov. 20, 2000
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Emory University Student and Los Angeles Resident Is Named Reporter of the Year By National Student Organization

Barney Gimbel, son of Roger and Jennifer Gimbel of Los Angeles (90049), and news editor of Emory University's student newspaper, The Emory Wheel, has been named the 2000 Reporter of the Year by the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP). The award was presented last week at the National Collegiate Media Convention in Washington, D.C.

Gimbel, a graduate of the Windward School in Los Angeles, was inducted into the international high school journalism honor society, "Quill & Scroll," while a student at Windward. He also served as editor-in-chief of Windward's student newspaper. Currently a junior at Emory, Gimbel is pursuing a double major in political science and journalism. He has previously been the recipient of two first-place awards at the 2000 Southeastern Journalism Conference, and while working as a full-time news reporter last summer in the DeKalb County bureau of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gimbel covered daily stories including local elections, police, and growth and development issues.

The Reporter of the Year award recipient is selected based on the submittal of three best single news or feature stories published in a college newspaper during the previous year. The competition, which is co-sponsored by Tribune Media Services, awards cash prizes of up to $1,000 to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

Established in 1921, the NSPA counts over 200 publications as members, and it works to help students and teachers improve their publications. The ACP, a division of the NSPA, is the largest and oldest membership organization for college student media in the United States.

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