Recipient of Hartfordís Trinity College Moses Berkman Award

National Survivor Advocates Coalition
October 4, 2010

The Moses Berkman Memorial Journalism Award recognizes journalists whose work demonstrates the qualities of integrity, insight, journalistic excellence, and serious moral purpose that were the hallmark of Moses Berkmanís journalism. The biennial 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.

Jason Berry will receive this distinguished award on Wednesday, October 6 at Trinity College. The award is being given in recognition of his exceptional career as a journalist and author.

An expert on jazz and the civil rights movement, he has for more than a quarter century done more than any other journalist to investigate and explain the issue of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Mr. Berry achieved prominence for his reporting on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church during the 1980s, and especially with his 1992 book Lead Us Not Into Temptation, which is still used in many newsrooms. His other books include Vows of Silence: The Abuse of Power in the Papacy of John Paul II (co-written with Gerald Renner), and Amazing Grace: With Charles Evers in Mississippi.

In 1997, his articles for the Hartford Courant (co-authored with the late Courant religion writer Gerald Renner) broke the story of the sexual abuse of seminarians by Marcial Maciel Degollado, founder of 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.


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