2013 Winner: Simone Weichselbaum

Simone Weichselbaum

Born into a family with German-Jewish and Jamaican roots, Simone Weichselbaum was selected for her piercing, respectful, accurate and often entertaining reporting of the multicultural borough, in particular its Orthodox Jews and Jews of color.

“Anyone who saw the movie ‘A Stranger Among Us’ recognizes the difficulties that those in various professions may encounter when attempting to interact with the often-insular Orthodox enclaves of Brooklyn,” said awards chairman Robin Washington, editor of Minnesota’s Duluth News Tribune. “As a multi-racial Jew, Simone exemplifies the contemporary Jewish community she writes about.” added Diane Tobin, founder and director of Be’chol Lashon, “Jewish life is increasingly diverse, reflecting the growing racial, ethnic, cultural and gender diversity within American society.”

Weichselbaum joined the Daily News in 2008 after spending five years as a crime reporter at the Philadelphia Daily News. She attended a Modern Orthodox yeshiva in Manhattan and went on to public high school and American University, graduating with a B.A. in history, and the University of Pennsylvania, earning a master’s in criminology. By 21, she had written for the Associated Press in London, the Village Voice, Newsday and the Washington Post.

Weichselbaum will be presented with the award, along with a prize of $1,000, at the Be’chol Lashon International Think Tank in San Francisco on Saturday, May 4, 2013. First awarded in 2008, the Be’chol Lashon Media Awards were established to recognize outstanding journalism depicting the rich diversity of Judaism and the important place diverse Jews have among the Jewish people.

Daily News reporter Simone Weichselbaum wins national award

Brooklyn native to receive the 2013 Be’chol Lashon Media Award in San Francisco next month.

Monday April 29, 2013


Simone Weichselbaum, New York Daily News Reporter and female Firefighter compete at the Spartan “death” race at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn, New York, on Sunday, August 15, 2010.

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Daily News reporter Simone Weichselbaum has won a national award for her “piercing, respectful, accurate and often entertaining” coverage of multicultural Brooklyn and its various Jewish communities.


Symone Corrillo, 16 poses for a photo with Daily News reporter Simone Weichselbaum as she eats messy food on the subway.

Weichselbaum, a Brooklyn native, will receive the 2013 Be’chol Lashon Media Award in San Francisco next month.

“She writes with authority whether reporting tragic tales of violent crime . . . or, at the other extreme, the high price of matzo,” Be’chol Lashon director Diane Tobin said of Weichselbaum.


Daily News reporter Simone Weichselbaum pedals her pedicab through Midtown Manhattan as she works on the next installment of the “works for me” series.

The award recognizes outstanding journalism depicting the diversity of Judaism

“I grew up in Orthodox Brooklyn and Manhattan,” said Weichselbaum, 31. “People think Hasidim are interesting or weird. No, these are my neighbors.”


News’ Simone Weichselbaum was honored for coverage of Judaism.

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Daily News Reporter Simone Weichselbaum rides her bike through Manhattan Thusday afternnon. The streets of Manhattan have become more bike friendly but are still fraught with danger.

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Selected articles by Simone Weichselbaum

Not your Bubby’s Brooklyn: Jews moving to boro a diverse mix

Tearful mourners remember Yoseph Robinson, clerk shot protecting girlfriend in liquor store robbery

Matzoh madness: Crown Heights artisanal matzoh selling for twice the price in ritzy Upper East Side stores

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