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Date: May 08, 2008
Memorial Tribute to Bob Greene Scheduled for Friday, May 9 at Hofstra
Journalism scholarship to be created in memory of former Newsday investigative reporter, editor, Hofstra journalism chair
Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY – Robert W. "Bob" Greene, known as the dean of investigative reporters and a former chair of Hofstra’s Department of Journalism, Media Studies and Public Relations, will be remembered with a memorial tribute tomorrow, Friday, May 9, at 10 a.m. in the Rochelle and Irwin A. Lowenfeld Exhibition Hall, 10th Floor, Joan and Donald E. Axinn Library, South Campus.
In honor of his contributions to the School of Communication and the journalism program, Hofstra will create a journalism scholarship in his name. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Bob Greene Memorial Scholarship should contact Janelle Hraiki in Development at (516) 463-6168. Bob died on April 10, 2008, at age 78.
Hofstra President Stuart Rabinowitz, Dean Sybil DelGaudio of the School of Communication, Newsday columnist and former "Greene team" member Les Payne, and other friends, former colleagues from Hofstra and Newsday and former students are scheduled to speak at the tribute. Provost Herman Berliner, a key person in bringing Bob to Hofstra, will have a video tribute.
A longtime Newsday reporter and editor, Bob won his first of two Pulitzer Prize gold medals for public service in 1970 for exposing land scandals in a Long Island town. He won his second Pulitzer in 1974 as part of a Newsday team that tracked heroin from Turkish poppy fields to Long Island neighborhoods. In 1975 Bob helped form Investigative Reporters and Editors, and a year later, following the murder of Don Bolles, one of the group’s founding reporters, he headed a team that wrote a series of stories about corruption in Arizona.
Bob joined Hofstra upon retiring from Newsday in 1995, the School of Communication’s inaugural year. As coordinator for print journalism and later as department chair, Bob helped build a department that was accredited in 2003 by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and remains the only nationally accredited journalism program on Long Island. Hofstra students voted him Teacher of the Year in 2000, and he was honored with the Presidential Medal in 2001. More recently he had taught at Stony Brook University.
Hofstra University is a dynamic private institution where students can choose from about 145 undergraduate and 155 graduate programs in liberal arts and sciences, business, communication, education and allied human services, and honors studies, as well as a School of Law.