U.S. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey will be the keynote speaker at the award ceremony for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting March 30 in Washington, D.C.
The Toner Prize, sponsored by the Newhouse School, honors the life and work of late alumna Robin Toner ’76, the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times.
Booker has served in the U.S. Senate since 2013, taking an innovative and bipartisan approach to tackling some of the most difficult problems facing New Jersey and the U.S. He has emerged as a national leader in the Congressional push for common sense criminal justice reform, advocating for front-end sentencing reforms, pushing for the banning of juvenile solitary confinement in federal facilities and spearheading legislation to make the hiring process fairer for the formerly incarcerated.
Dear Newhouse Students,
I understand and appreciate that the events of the past week have been unsettling to many on our campus, online students, and parents and alumni off campus. It’s important we stand together behind our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion, and in support of all our students.
Campus activism can be a transformative learning experience for a campus and its community. I’m sure many of your Newhouse classes have been discussing the events of the day in the context of what you are studying.
I believe we should engage and try to better understand student concerns and their underlying issues, and do so in the spirit of finding a common path forward to building a better Newhouse and University community.