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AT&T SPONSORS ENVIRONMENTAL REPORTING AWARD

 BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- AT&T (NYSE: T) is sponsoring a new environmental journalism award, to be administered by The Overseas Press Club of America, honoring the best reporting from abroad on environmental issues.
 "This addition to our awards program is intended to encourage excellence in reporting about the environment," said Allan Dodds Frank, OPC Awards Committee chairman. "Chernobyl taught us the global importance of this category. Through good reporting, we may actually be able to improve the lot of mankind. That's an old-fashioned goal of journalism we are proud to maintain and nourish."
 The award, which carries a $1,000 stipend, will be called the Whitman Bassow Award in honor of the distinguished journalist.
 "It is important to maintain a high level of public awareness of environmental issues," said David R. Chittick, AT&T's environment & safety engineering vice president. "But it is equally important to keep environmental reporting factual and balanced. We hope the recipients of this new award will serve as role models of the highest standards of journalism."
 Whitman Bassow is an award-winning journalist with a record of achievement and leadership in international environmental organizations. He covered the former Soviet Union for almost five years, first for UPI and then as Newsweek's first bureau chief. Subsequent assignments included Paris and New York.
 Bassow moved from journalism into the environmental field, starting with the United Nations in 1971. He then founded the non-profit World Environment Center, which he headed from 1974 to 1989. He is currently a contributing editor for Environmental Protection magazine.
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