May 29, 2007

Msnbc.com’s Science Editor, Alan Boyle, has been selected as the recipient of the 2007 June Anderson Almquist Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism.  The distinction is the highest honor in Washington State Journalism given by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).  Boyle will accept this award at the society's annual banquet on June 2, 2007, at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, Wash.

Since joining msnbc.com in 1996, Boyle has won awards from the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the National Association of Science Writers, the Pirelli Relativity Challenge and the CMU Cybersecurity Journalism Awards program.  He is president of the Northwest Science Writers Association, a contributor to “A Field Guide for Science Writers,” the blogger behind Cosmic Log (http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/) and an occasional on-camera source on the MSNBC cable channel.

"This honor is richly deserved," said Jennifer Sizemore, editor in chief of MSNBC.com. "Alan is one of the top science and space journalists in the country, but he never lets his expertise get in the way of his ability to communicate even the most complex developments.  His passion for journalism and education have made him an important figure in the media landscape in the Pacific Northwest.  We're thrilled that this award recognizes Alan for all he is and does."

The Washington Board of the Society of Professional Journalist’s noted Boyle’s long record of distinction, including his work at his previous post as foreign editor of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer and managing editor of the Russian-American journalism review GlasNews.  The board also highlighted his ongoing support of journalism education as past president of the Western Washington Pro Chapter of SPJ.

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