Courage in Journalism Awards

Sexual harassment, threats, attacks, government oppression, a stubborn glass ceiling, unequal pay, accusations of fake news and a growing mistrust of the media all threaten press freedom around the world. And female journalists often feel the greatest brunt of these attacks. In fact, the number of female journalists killed in 2017 more than tripled from the year before.

The Courage in Journalism Awards show people that female journalists are not going to step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognized for their strength in the face of adversity. It honors the brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments hostile to women, and share difficult truths.

The IWMF also recognize the pioneers who kicked down barriers to make it possible for women all over the world to find their voices and make them heard. Lifetime Achievement Award winners persevered, opening doors for future generations to make a difference. These women demonstrate a commitment to press freedom and extraordinary strength of character, overcoming unjust conditions to become leaders in their industry.

So far, we have honored more than 100 groundbreaking journalists in 56 countries.

Meet the #BadassFemaleJournos of the 2019 Awards

Honoring Trailblazing Female Journos All Over the World

In 2018, we celebrated another remarkable group of women journalists — Zehra, Meridith, Rosario, and Nima, who demonstrate what it really means to fight for the truth against all odds. These #badassfemalejournos risk their lives every day to report some of the world’s most important stories and truly represent the IWMF’s ideal of courage.


View Our Past Courage Winners

Look through the years of the #badassfemalejournos we've honored.


Lifetime Achievement Award
Lesley Stahl


Lifetime Achievement Award
Andrea Mitchell


Lifetime Achievement Award
Diane Rehm


Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Deutsch


Courage in Journalism Awards
Bopha Phorn Najiba Ayubi Nour Kelze
Lifetime Achievement Award
Edna Machirori


Lifetime Achievement Award
Zubeida Mustafa


Lifetime Achievement Award
Kate Adie


Lifetime Achievement Award
Alma Guillermoprieto


Lifetime Achievement Award
Amira Haas


Lifetime Achievement Award
Edith Lederer


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Jill Carroll May Chidiac
Lifetime Achievement Award
Elena Poniatowska


Lifetime Achievement Award
Molly Ivins


Lifetime Achievement Award
Belva Davis


Lifetime Achievement Award
Magdalena Ruiz


Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary McGrory


Lifetime Achievement Award
Colleen “Koky” Dishon


Lifetime Achievement Award
Flora Lewis


Lifetime Achievement Award
Peggy Peterman


Lifetime Achievement Award
Bonnie Angelo


Lifetime Achievement Award
Nancy Woodhull


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Ayse Onal Lucy Sichone Saida Ramadan
Lifetime Achievement Award
Meg Greenfield


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Chris Anyanwu Gao Yu Horria Saihi
Lifetime Achievement Award
Helen Thomas


Lifetime Achievement Award
Katharine Graham


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Luyubov Kovalevskaya Marites Vitug

The 2018 Courage in Journalism Awards are Made Possible By:

National Presenting Sponsor

Front Page Sponsor

Jeff Bezos

Investigative Sponsor


Opinion Sponsor


Politics Sponsor

Katherine & David Bradley Rita Braver & Robert Barnett Carnegie Corporation of New York Citi Foundation for a Just Society The Freedom Forum Mr. & Mrs. David A. Jones The New York Times Company Norah O'Donnell POLITICO Vradenburg Foundation Matthew Winkler Judy Woodruff

Metro Sponsor

Fox News Linda Douglass Dow Jones Elizabeth Dubin Anne & David Kendall Susan King Michael Klein & Joany Fabry Tamera Luzzatto & David Leiter Carol A. Melton Andrea Mitchell Mary & Jeff Zients

Nominate A Journalist Today

The Courage in Journalism Awards honor women journalists who set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, they raise the bar for reporting under duress. Candidates for the Courage in Journalism Awards can be full-time or freelance women reporters, writers, editors, photographers or producers working in any country.