Prominent Journalist and Commentator Donates Papers to Special Collections

 

From left Vincent Gray, B.S. ’64, Sharon Pratt, Dean Geneva Henry, Mark Plotkin, B.A. ‘69, Anthony Williams, and Jack Evans. (Photo by Abby Greenwalt)

From left Vincent Gray, B.S. ’64, Sharon Pratt, Dean Geneva Henry, Mark Plotkin, B.A. ‘69, Anthony Williams, and Jack Evans. (Photo by Abby Greenwalt)

Journalist and political commentator Mark Plotkin, CCAS BA ’69, one of the staunchest advocates for voting rights for D.C. residents and D.C. statehood, donated his collection of papers to the university at a reception filled with D.C. politicos, including former D.C. mayors Sharon Pratt, Anthony Williams, and Vincent Gray, B.S. ’64; and D.C. Council Members Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3), the Elyce Zenoff Research Professor of Law at GW, and Jack Evans (D-Ward 2).

The collection includes handwritten and typed commentaries, articles from newspapers including The Washington Post and Legal Times, personal documents, and photographs from Plotkin’s career, which includes an Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in writing.

 

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser gave Mark Plotkin a copy of a resolution making March 29 “Mark Plotkin Day” in D.C. (Photo by Abby Greenwalt)

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser gave Mark Plotkin a copy of a resolution making March 29 “Mark Plotkin Day” in D.C. (Photo by Abby Greenwalt)

Speaking at the reception, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser declared March 29, 2018, as "Mark Plotkin Day” in D.C. and said that his collection would help “to educate many people” on issues important to Washington, D.C.

“I am very happy and extremely grateful to GW for accepting my commentaries and including them in their Special Collections Research Center,” Mr. Plotkin said at the event. “It is my hope that students, scholars, and anyone interested in D.C. will make wide use of them.”