Dr. Robin Mishra won the 2004 Arthur F. Burns Award for his campaign diary ("Mein Wahlkampftagebuch"), which was published in almost 20 episodes in Rheinischer Merkur, a German weekly. Mishra supplemented his diary with editorials and portraits of both presidential candidates for his German employer and his Burns host paper, the Chicago Tribune.
Mishra received the Euro 1,000 prize from Germany's foreign minister at the annual Burns alumni dinner and lecture on June 3, 2005 in Berlin. The award usually goes to one American and one German Burns alum for outstanding journalistic work in regards to the political, economic or cultural situation in each other's country, or to the transatlantic relationship in general. While many good American stories were received, none stood out as worthy of a prize, particularly in relation to the quality of German contributions.
During Mishra's three months in Washington, Chicago, New York and Florida, he portrays a multi-dimensional and far-reaching picture of the U.S. national political landscape leading up to the November elections last year. His articles left readers well informed on the different facettes of issues and discussions, but also focused on the emotions and discrepancies pertinent to the campaign.
Lennart Paul (2004) received an honorable mention for "Die Strassen von San Francisco" ("The Streets of San Francisco"), an eight-part personal account on different topics ranging from U.S. bigotry regarding personal shame and inhibition, the St.-Andreas fault line, Beatniks, public safety hysteria to his own yearning for Berlin and its problems.
'Die Columbia ist sicher gelandet' Stern
'Fondly recalling the bad old days' International Herald Tribune
'Drei Kilometer vereinte Nationen' Tagesspiegel
'Sitting Bull über alles' Salon.com
'Mythos vom Tabu' Süddeutsche Zeitung
'Fahnen über Mishawaka' Süddeutsche Zeitung
Timothy J. Gibbons
'Reliable Friends' Ironminds Online
'The man who would be Gropius' Metropolis Magazine
'Good news, bad news for East German Women' Ms. Magazine
'Disciples of Hate' Eugene Register Guard / "Die Hassprediger von Idaho", Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt
'Bemused in America' Chicago Tribune
'Die Cops von nebenan' Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt
Carter S. Dougherty
'Die Deutschen und ihr Anti-Puritanismus' Die Welt
'Neue Brücken braucht Europa' Deutsches Allgemeines Sonntagsblatt
' Germany vs. Scientology' German Life
'Ein Tag in der Hölle' Süddeutsche Zeitung
'Gefahr für die Demokratie' Deutsche Welle TV
'Move over, HongKong?' Newsweek
Robert von Rimscha
'Zwei brennende Schulen und andere Trümmer' Tagesspiegel
'Das darf man nicht' Wochenpost
Both, Susanne Gieffers, editor, Tageszeitung Bremen, and Fabian Mohr, online editor, Bayerischer Rundfunk, won the Arthur F. Burns Prize for the best German article in 2005.
During Gieffers's stay in Minneapolis in August and September, she compared Minneapolis to Bremen in nine columns with the title "Neuneinhalb Wochen" ("Nine 1/2 Weeks").
Mohr received the Euro 2,000 prize for his multimedia report on the big art festival "Burning Man" which annualy takes place in the Sierra Nevada and attracts tenthousands of people.
Kerstin Kohlenberg received an honorable mention for "Alles auf eine Karte" ("All at Once"), a report on hundred years of Las Vegas, published on May 4, 2005 in "Die Zeit".
Helen Fessenden won the Arthur F. Burns Prize for the best American article for "Der Hirte der Sündenböcke" ("The Shepherd of Scapegoats"), an analyse of the US administration's action models in crises situations, published on September 11, 2005 in "Tagesspiegel online".
Karen Radziner received an honorable mention for "Dvora's Stone", a fifteen minute feature on a young American woman on her great-grandfather's track to Germany who comitted suicide as a jew in Berlin in 1941.