2015 Courage in Journalism Awards

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Now in it’s 26th year, the Courage in Journalism Award honors women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery, and the Lifetime Achievement Award is given in recognition of media industry pioneers who kick down barriers to equality and justice. Since 1990, the IWMF has honored more than 100 women journalists from 54 countries. The award winners will be honored at ceremonies in New York on October 21, 2015 and Los Angeles on October 27, 2015.

We are proud to honor the 2015 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Mwape Kumwenda, a reporter for Muvi Television in Zambia; Anna Nemtsova, a contributor for The Daily Beast and Newsweek in Russia; Lourdes Ramirez, a freelance journalist in Honduras; and Linda Deutsch, a special correspondent and trial reporter (retired) for the Associated Press.

Follow the 2015 Courage in Journalism Awards on social media via #IWMFCourage.

Elisa Lees Munoz

“Courage Awardees persevere and report from countries where threats, intimidation, political repression, and imprisonment are stark realities for journalists engaged in reporting the truth. It has been an honor to see that the accomplishments of award winners from the last 25 years continue to inspire the next generation of reporters to find their voice and make a difference.”

- IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz
  • Courage in Journalism AwardsAttend the Award Ceremonies Bringing together leading American media personalities to celebrate the courage of women in journalism worldwide, the 2015 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award ceremonies will be held in New York on October 21 and Los Angeles on October 27. Tickets are now available and can be purchased on this website. Media passes to cover the event will be available in October.

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  • hands-thnAnnouncing the 2015 IWMF Award Winners The IWMF is proud to announce the 2015 Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Award winners: Mwape Kumwenda, a reporter for Muvi Television in Zambia; Anna Nemtsova, a contributor for The Daily Beast and Newsweek in Russia; Lourdes Ramirez, a freelance journalist in Honduras; and Linda Deutsch, a special correspondent and trial reporter (retired) for the Associated Press.

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  • The Official 2015 Courage Awards Video

    In October 2015, the IWMF will celebrate its annual Courage in Journalism Awards in New York and Los Angeles.

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  • Kumwenda-thn Mwape Kumwenda | 2015 Courage in Journalism AwardMuvi Television, Zambia In Zambia, those who have suffered grave accounts of injustice — including government-sanctioned murders of loved ones, illegal land seizures and other forms of disenfranchisement — are smart to contact journalist Mwape Kumwenda. Once Kumwenda gets involved in an investigation, she won’t stop until the guilty parties are held accountable for their …

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  • Nemtsova-thn Anna Nemtsova | 2015 Courage in Journalism AwardsThe Daily Beast and Newsweek, Russia. No stranger to staying focused while under pressure, Nemtsova got a 20-minute crash course in reporting from a Moscow-based American reporter. From there, she began working as a researcher, fixer and translator for Washington Post correspondents, traveling across Russia, Ukraine the rest of the Post-Soviet nations. Today, she is …

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  • Ramirez-thn Lourdes Ramírez | 2015 Courage in Journalism AwardsFreelance, Honduras. Honduran journalist Lourdes Ramírez is not afraid to put her life on the line for the sake of the country and the profession that she loves and on more than one occasion she has paid a heavy price for her relentless pursuit of truth. In July 2014, Ramírez sent her team of KTV …

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  • Deutsch-thn Linda Deutsch | 2015 Lifetime Achievement AwardRetired – Former Associated Press Special Correspondent Trial Reporter. When AP trial reporter Linda Deutsch retired in December 2014, First Amendment lawyers and judges called her an iconic figure and champion of press freedom. One award said her “clear, concise reports have connected millions of readers around the world to the inner workings of America’s …

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  • hands-thnCourage Award Winners 1990-2015 Since its inception in 1990, the Courage in Journalism and Lifetime Achievement Awards have honored 107 women journalists from 53 countries who have demonstrated extraordinary strength of character in reporting under difficult or dangerous circumstances such as government oppression, threats to personal safety, and other obstacles. They are representative of the many more women who pursue the truth everyday in remote villages, halls of leadership, or front lines of conflict.

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  • hands-thnDigital Press Kit The 2015 Courage in Journalism Awardees tell inspiring stories of overcoming intimidation and threats to personal safety. They raise the bar for reporting under and are committed empowering communities with the truth. The Press Kit offers resources for journalists covering the 2015 Courage in Journalism Awards, including press releases, photos and bios, as well as contact information for interview requests and other media inquiries.

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