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Spitzer Keynote Speaker At Nyfwa Annual Dinner

NEW YORK, March 30, 2004 - Eliot Spitzer, Attorney General for the State of New York, will be the keynote speaker at the New York Financial Writers Association’s Annual Awards Dinner on Tuesday, June 1, 2004, at Marriott Marquis Hotel in New York City.

At the event, the Association will also present its prestigious Elliott V. Bell Award to Jane Bryant Quinn, financial columnist for Newsweek. Named for the renowned journalist and first president of the NYFWA, the Elliott V. Bell Award is awarded annually and recognizes a journalist’s long-term contribution to the profession of financial journalism.

In addition, the Association will also present scholarships to New York metropolitan area college students with specialties in business or financial journalism, according to Brad Finkelstein, this year’s Association president. Ten students from three different journalism schools and universities will receive awards of $2,400. The scholarship program was begun in the 1970s and is regularly funded by the Association from portions of proceeds of various Association events.

Since becoming the state’s 63rd Attorney General on January 1, 1999, Eliot Spitzer has advanced initiatives to make New York a national leader in investor protection, environmental stewardship, labor rights, personal privacy, public safety and criminal law enforcement. Spitzer’s investigations of conflicts of interest on Wall Street have been the catalyst for dramatic reform in the nation’s financial services industry. His prosecutions of sophisticated white collar crimes have resulted in some of the nation’s largest fraud recoveries. Spitzer brings considerable experience to the office. He was a clerk to US District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet; an associate at Paul Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton, and Garrison; and Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan from 1986-1992. He also worked at the NY law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, and was a partner at Constantine & Partners. Spitzer is a 1981 graduate of Princeton and a 1984 graduate of Harvard Law School

Tickets for the mid-year dinner are priced at $1,500 for a table of 10, or $150 per person. For additional information on ticket sales, contact Jane Reilly at 201-612-0100, or

The New York Financial Writers’ Association is a professional organization of business and financial editors and writers employed full-time or freelance for major print and broadcast news organizations headquartered or with bureaus in the New York metropolitan area. The NYFWA was founded in 1938 and is 66 years old. Throughout its history, the NYFWA had dedicated itself to raising and maintaining high standards of business and financial journalism.