2017 Courage in Journalism Award

The 2017 IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards were inspiring, honoring the incredible women journalists who overcome enormous odds on a daily basis in their pursuit of the truth. The IWMF is proud to honor such remarkable journalists and truly grateful for our donors and sponsors, who make these events possible. Thank you for your ongoing support of women journalists and press freedom.

2017 COURAGE IN JOURNALISM AWARD WINNERS

Deborah Amos

USA, NPR Correspondent

Twitter: @deborahamos

Deborah Amos covers the Middle East for NPR News; her reports can be heard on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and Weekend Edition. A seasoned journalist with nearly 40 years of experience working from conflict zones, Amos covered such world-changing events as the Tiananmen Square massacre, the first Gulf War, the U.S. invasion of Iraq, and the “Arab Spring” series of popular revolutions across the Middle East and North Africa. She has worked from numerous front lines; she was kidnapped in Somalia and detained in the Balkans and Iran, among other dangers.

Saniya in StudioSaniya Toiken

Kazakhstan, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Twitter: @Sonitab

Saniya Toiken is a reporter for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Kazakhstan, where journalists are routinely threatened, beaten, or killed because of their work. Toiken has been repeatedly harassed and threatened for her work. She has been a target of government scrutiny since at least 2010, when she was run off the road after traveling to cover oil and gas workers’ rights. In 2012, Toiken was evicted from her apartment due to false claims made against her in retaliation for reporting on Kazakh security authorities. Her family and friends have also been harassed.

Hadeel al-Yamani

Yemen, Al Jazeera Arabic

Hadeel al-Yamani is the first woman to become an Al Jazeera Arabic (AJA) television correspondent in Yemen, a country that routinely ranks in the bottom tier for women’s rights around the world. In this grueling and dangerous job, al-Yamani covers the humanitarian issues that affect Yemen’s most vulnerable. As al-Yamani has become more accepted as a war correspondent in Yemen, she has paved the way for other women journalists in the country to make their voices heard.

2017 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD WINNER

Andrea Mitchell

USA, NBC News

Twitter: @mitchellreports

Andrea Mitchell has been a leading reporter at NBC for nearly 40 years, and is currently NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” She has extensive experience as a political reporter, and as a lead correspondent for numerous presidential campaigns and administrations, including more than 20 years reporting on the Clintons. Mitchell has closely covered the complex U.S.-Cuban relationship for decades and led network coverage of the historic thaw with the island country, beginning in 2014. Mitchell’s past assignments for NBC News have included exclusive reports from North Korea, Afghanistan, the Middle East, Bosnia, Kosovo, Pakistan and Haiti. Among her many accolades, she has been honored with the Matrix Award, the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism and the Leonard Zeidenberg Award.

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