Campus: CSU Fresno -- June 12, 2002

Fresno State Professor Victor Davis Hanson Wins National Award for Excellence in Journalism

California State University, Fresno Classics professor Victor Davis Hanson was presented the Eric Breindel Award for Excellence in Journalism this week at the Harvard Club in New York City.
Hanson, a prolific author, columnist and editorial writer for several national publications, received the award from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Fox News Channel Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes and Newsweek Senior Editor Elizabeth Weymouth.

The $10,000 award is given in memory of Eric Breindel, a New York Post editor and columnist who died unexpectedly in 1998 at the age of 42. The foundation, funded by friends, colleagues and admirers of Breindel, presents an annual prize to the journalist, columnist or editorialist who work best reflects the spirit of Breindel's writing: "Love of country and its democratic institutions, as well as the act of bearing witness to the evils of totalitarianism."

The pieces that earned Hanson the Breindel Award include "Paradise Lost" and "Great Leaders Are Forged in War" for the Wall Street Journal, "What Are We Made Of? The Guts to Resist Evil" for the National Review and "What Made Them Do Their Duty?" for City Journal.

Hanson, coordinator of the Classical Studies Program at Fresno State, has written editorials and reviews for numerous publications including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, International Herald Tribune, the Weekly Standard and the Washington Times. He writes a twice-weekly column about contemporary culture and military history for the National Review Online (www.nationalreview.com). Hanson has written or edited 11 books, including "Carnage and Culture: Landmark Battles in the Rise of Western Power," which appeared on the New York Times Bestsellers List. His next book, "An Autumn of War," is a chronicle of the American response to September 11 and will be published in August.

For more information on Hanson and the Classical Studies program at Fresno State, see www.fresnostate.net/Classics.

Contact: Shirley Melikian Armbruster (559) 278-2795


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