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Press Release

NYSSCPA Announces the 2021 Excellence in Financial Journalism Award Winners and Keynote Speaker

Jovan C. Richards
Published Date:
Jun 16, 2021

For Immediate Release
Contact: Jovan C. Richards, Media & Government Relations Manager, 212.719.8392

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants Announces the 2021 Excellence in Financial Journalism Award Winners and Keynote Speaker

NEW YORK – (June 16, 2021) - For more than 30 years, the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA) has recognized the best business and financial reporting through its Excellence in Financial Journalism (EFJ) Awards.

Broadcast, print, radio/podcast and online news organizations and reporters were asked to submit financial news stories that were published, posted or aired between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2020. Business book authors and publishers also entered this international contest. Student journalists at colleges and universities entered in our NextGen (Generation) category.

Winners were selected by a panel of judges comprising NYSSCPA members and financial journalists, who ranked submissions on accuracy, quality and thoroughness of research, as well as on an accurate and nonpartisan representation of the topic. This year’s winners will be honored during a virtual ceremony to be conducted in August.

The 2021 EFJ Awards winners are as follows:

This year’s EFJ Awards judges were Scott M. Adair, Rumbi Bwerinofa-Petrozzello, Elliot L. Hendler, Susan Rodetis, Michael Zaydon and Leah Spiro. The 2021 EFJ book judges were Justin Baer and Susan M. Barossi.

Justin Baer will serve as this year’s keynote speaker. Mr. Baer’s career in business journalism spans nearly 25 years. He has spent the past decade as a reporter and editor at The Wall Street Journal, where currently writes about investing and finance.  In 2016, Mr. Baer contributed to a series of stories that won a Gerald Loeb Award for international reporting.  

To register to attend the EFJ Awards, please click here. For all other information regarding the EFJ Awards, the 2021 winners or its sponsors, please contact NYSSCPA Government and Media Relations Manager Jovan C. Richards, at 212.719.8392, or email

About the NYSSCPA
Founded in 1897, the NYSSCPA is the premier professional accounting association of approximately 24,000 members practicing in New York State, encompassing all areas of public practice, including government, education, healthcare, real estate, technology, entertainment and industry. It is the oldest—and the third largest—such state society in the United States.

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