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Friday, May 11, 2007

Keith Olbermann receives first annual Molly Ivins Award

Olbermann Garners Alt-Weeklies 'Molly Ivins Award'
NEW YORK, May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The Association of Alternative Newsweeklies(AAN) announced today that MSNBC news anchor Keith Olbermann is the winner of its first annual Molly Ivins Award. Olbermann's achievement will be recognized in a ceremony to be held this afternoon in New York City.

The award was recently named in honor of Ms. Ivins, who served as co- editor of AAN member Texas Observer early in her muckraking career, and who died of breast cancer on January 31, at the age of 62. It is intended to recognize a journalist or media figure who's reporting or commentary has had a profound impact on the public's understanding of vital national issues, and who's work embodies the spirit of Ivins' courageous legacy.

Describing her own style of writing, Molly Ivins once wrote, "Satire is traditionally the weapon of the powerless against the powerful." "That's the sort of journalism we recognize today, that which holds those in power accountable in the court of public opinion," said AAN President and Memphis Flyer Publisher Kenneth Neill. Keith Olbermann speaks truth to power with wit and style, just as Molly did.

"I'm utterly honored," said Olbermann, "largely because I'd still like to be Molly Ivins when I grow up."

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