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Meet Our Judges 


Dolores Barclay

Dolores Barclay, has had an exceptional journalism career, primarily with the Associated Press where she worked as a feature and national writer, serving as editor of its Arts and Entertainment page, and most notably as an investigative reporter.

Her work on the prize winning investigative series “Torn From the Land” rewarded her deep interest in social justice journalism.

Dolores has taught journalism at Rutgers and is currently an adjunct professor at Columbia University.

Matt Schudel 

He has been serving on the obituary desk of the Post since 2004. Among his many and notable obits are those on Robert Bork, Ben E. King, William Zinsser, author of the classic guide ‘On Writing Well,’ and Joseph E. Mohbat, namesake of the Mohbat Prize for Writing, and many more.

Besides his role writing these fascinating human stories, Matt has been a feature and magazine writer, jazz and art critic and editor of all types of writing. He likes obituaries because he believes that nothing is more interesting than people’s lives


Richard is a communications expert specializing in financial services.

Through his own firm, R.L. Anderson, he represents a broad range of organizations from multinationals to non-profits, helping them enhance their business and reputation through effective public relations and marketing communications. He helped launch, a popular public interest website.

Good writing has always been central to his work, much of which has appeared in some public space.

Rick is a founding member of the Mohbat Prize. He lives in Carroll Gardens, Brooklyn.

 A lawyer specializing in disabilities rights. She has spearheaded many local causes important to her Brooklyn district that include land use, public health and transportation.

In 2014, she was elected as our new Assemblywoman from the 52nd Congressional District in Brooklyn and has become an active and influential legislator in her freshman year in Albany. She is past president of the Boerum Hill Association and Everyone Reading, an advocacy group for the learning impaired.

Her writing skills have been honed from years of writing and editing public submissions, legal briefs, speeches and more.

She is a founding member of the Mohbat Prize. A familiar face to local leaders, political, educational and otherwise, Jo Anne resides in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn. 

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