The Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) honored Columbia Journalism School's Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism John Dinges with it's Leo C. Lee Award at its annual banquet on Saturday, June 22nd.
Dinges is in charge of the school's radio journalism program, which he revamped to focus on public radio journalism. Dinges began his journalism career as a reporter for the Des Moines Register, then spent a number of years reporting on Latin America for various news outlets including the Washington Post, ABC Radio and the Miami Herald. Upon his return, he worked for the Washington Post as an editor on the foreign desk.
Dinges joined National Public Radio when it was just beginning its foreign coverage. He served as deputy foreign editor and as managing editor for news. He stayed with NPR 11 years before moving on to Columbia Journalism School.
The Leo C. Lee Award honors an individual or organization that has made significant contributions to public radio news. The award is named in honor of its first recipient: Leo C. Lee, the founder of Western Public Radio, a San Francisco-based public radio training program. Dinges joins an impressive list of journalists who have been honored with the award in the past. That complete
list of past winners is available here.