2016 Courage in Journalism Awards

Los Angeles Ceremony
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Beverly Wilshire Hotel
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New York Ceremony
Wednesday, October 26, 2016
Cipriani 42nd Street
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2016 Courage in Journalism Award

Mabel round

Mabel Cáceres
Editor-in-chief, El Búho Magazine
Twitter: @mabel_elbuho

When Mabel Cáceres’ regional newscast was suspended, she overcame Peru’s restrictive media climate to create an independent investigative magazine, El Búho. For more than 20 years, her reporting on the exploitation of local resources and corruption at all levels of government and commitment to press freedom has triggered death threats, libel suits, and financial repercussions.

Janine round

Janine di Giovanni
Middle East Editor of Newsweek
Twitter: @janinedigi

Janine di Giovanni began reporting on conflict and humanitarian disasters 25 years ago as a freelancer working in Gaza and the West Bank. She reports by engaging local citizens and often by working independently, without support from a major news organization. Based in Paris, she focuses on women’s rights, child soldiers, HIV/AIDS, war crimes, honor crimes, illegal detention, refugees, and crimes against humanity.

Stella round

Stella Paul
Freelance Journalist
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Stella Paul has endured death threats, harassment, physical attacks, detention, and threats against her family while covering environmental issues, social injustice, and women’s rights in marginalized communities. Working mainly in India’s conflict zones and remote provinces, she has shed light on the trafficking of women and children, rape, and other issues for multiple media outlets.

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award

Diane Rehm round

Diane Rehm
Host of The Diane Rehm Show
Twitter: @drshow

Diane Rehm has hosted The Diane Rehm Show, which airs on WAMU 88.5 FM in Washington, D.C. and is distributed nationally by NPR, since 1979. Having first joined WAMU as a volunteer, she now engages an on-air audience of more than 2.4 million each week. Her recent announcement that she will retire after the 2016 elections signals the end of a career in which she set the standard for interview shows, spotlighted women and women’s issues, mentored countless colleagues, and persevered while experiencing a chronic condition that makes speech difficult. Diane’s innate curiosity and insistence on respectful discourse has helped inform generations on topics ranging from the U.S. economy to foreign affairs, public health, and education.

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