Baltimore Sun's David Zurawik wins Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism

Baltimore Sun TV/media critic David Zurawik has won Penn State’s annual Bart Richards Award for Media Criticism.

Entrants are judged by professionals from journalism and journalism education.


In a news release, Penn State praised Zurawik’s “timely and tough” coverage on a broad range of issues throughout 2017. “And, while feisty at times, he offered praise for individuals and situations when he believed it was merited.”

Targets of Zurawik’s criticism last year included media titans accused of predatory behavior in the #metoo era. He wrote about net neutrality and issues of media ownership in the Donald J. Trump era, as well as chaos within the Trump White House.


“He has imbued his criticism with moral authority, historical context, incisive analysis and passion,” said Anne C. Tallent, director of content/news for The Sun, who submitted the award nomination for Zurawik.

Zurawik, a regular guest on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” has covered media and television for The Sun since 1989. He has a master’s degree in pop culture reporting from the University of Wisconsin and a doctorate in American studies from the University of Maryland.

“I feel so lucky to be writing about media at this revolutionary time,” Zurawik said. “And it is truly gratifying to receive this award from Penn State, one the great communications programs in the country.”

Previous winners include NPR’s David Folkenflik, a former Baltimore Sun reporter, and CNN’s Brian Stelter, a Damascus native who attended Towson University.