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Three prominent journalists have been named winners of Merrimack’s coveted GOLDZIHER PRIZE for their coverage of the lives and struggles of American Muslims.

Filmmaker Joshua Seftel and print journalists Samuel Freedman and Robin Wright will share the $25,000 prize, given by Merrimack’s Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations in collaboration with the William and Mary Greve Foundation. The three were scheduled to be honored at an awards ceremony May 3 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

Seftel, an award-winning filmmaker and director, was being honored for “The Secret Lives of American Muslims,” a multiplatform series of short nonfiction films.

Freedman, a professor of journalism at Columbia University, was cited for a selection of columns that ran in The New York Times between 2010 and 2016.

And Wright, a print journalist and joint fellow at the United States Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, won for “Muslim Heroes, Writers, Artists and an Athlete in America,” a series of five articles in The New Yorker magazine.