Neil deGrasse Tyson to Receive Knight Innovation Award

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With its third annual Innovation Award, the Knight Foundation will honor a communicator who has helped millions understand the stars — not celebrities, but the kind that have been around for billions of years and can reach temperatures of 200 million degrees.

Astrophysicist, podcaster, and Bronx Science graduate Neil deGrasse Tyson is scheduled to accept the Award and $25,000 prize on October 14th at CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. He’ll also announce his pick to receive Knight’s $25,000 “Give Forward” prize for innovative journalism.

NO SEATS REMAIN to attend the event in person. However, it will be streamed live, and discussed at #KnightInnovationAwards . You may also add your name to the waitlist to attend the event in person if additional seats become available.

Directions to the event — which will also feature a panel on podcasting moderated by Gimlet Media’s Alex Blumberg — are here.

“Dr. Tyson has harnessed every new medium — from Twitter to podcasts — to distill the complicated world of science into engaging and thought-provoking content that captures audiences everywhere,” said Jennifer Preston, Knight Foundation vice president for journalism.

“We are honored to bring Neil deGrasse Tyson to our school,” said Sarah Bartlett, dean of the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism School. “We teach our journalism students to use new media and social media to inform the publics they serve with authority and clarity. With his work, Dr. Tyson is an extraordinary role model for them.”


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