Berkman Memorial Journalism Award is supported by The Moses and Florence
Berkman Endowed Fund at Trinity College, in honor of the late Moses
Berkman, Class of 1920. Moses Berkman was an outstanding journalist who
served the Hartford Times
as a political correspondent, columnist, and editorial writer from the early 1920s until his death in 1956.
2012 Tom Condon
Tom Condon of The Hartford Courant is the fifth recipient of the College’s Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award, in recognition of his exceptional career as a journalist, editor, and columnist. Mr. Condon’s public lecture at Trinity College, “Hiding in the Shower and Other Stories from the Connecticut Beat,” was given October 23, 2012.
A native of New London and a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the University of Connecticut School of Law, Mr. Condon joined the staff of the Courant in 1971, after serving in Vietnam as a U.S. Army intelligence officer. Over the next four decades, he served in a variety of reporting and editing positions at the Courant, ranging from general assignment reporter to New Haven bureau chief to special projects editor. For 18 years, he wrote a news column that was required reading in this region. His well-informed writing on Hartford’s history and prospects has been particularly notable. He has won more than 30 journalism and community awards, including the New England Society of Newspaper Editors Master Reporter Award. He is the co-author of School Rights, a book about parent activism in schools. His work has appeared in Northeast Magazine, Family Life, the Harvard Business Review, Regional Review, The International Herald Tribune, and other publications.
2010 Jason Berry
Jason Berry, an investigative reporter, is the fourth recipient of the Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award, in recognition of his exceptional career and his investigative work in connection with the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Berry delivered a public lecture entitled, “The Catholic Church in an Age of Scandal,” October 5, 2010. He also led a discussion at a Cinestudio screening of his award-winning film, Vows of Silence
Berry achieved prominence for his reporting on the Catholic Church crisis with his 1992 book, Lead Us Not Into Temptation. His other books include Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II (co-authored by Gerald Renner, onetime religion reporter for The Hartford Courant); Up From the Cradle of Jazz; and Amazing Grace: With Charles Evers in Mississippi.
As a journalist, he has written for The Boston Globe, Los Angeles Times, National Public Radio, National Catholic Reporter, and has served as a consultant for ABC News. Locally, his articles for The Hartford Courant (with Gerald Renner) broke the 1997 story of the sexual abuse of minor seminarians by Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of the wealthy and powerful conservative order, the Legionaries of Christ.
Berry received a 2001 Guggenheim Fellowship for research on jazz funerals, and the Saint Catherine of Siena Distinguished Lay Person Award by Voice of the Faithful, the national Catholic reform organization. Berry lives in New Orleans.