Awards

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

Timeline

View Our Past Courage Winners

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

2018

Lifetime Achievement Award
Lesley Stahl

2017

Lifetime Achievement Award
Andrea Mitchell

2016

Lifetime Achievement Award
Diane Rehm

2015

Lifetime Achievement Award
Linda Deutsch

2013

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

2012

Lifetime Achievement Award
Zubeida Mustafa

2011

Lifetime Achievement Award
Kate Adie

2010

Lifetime Achievement Award
Alma Guillermoprieto

2009

Lifetime Achievement Award
Amira Haas

2008

Lifetime Achievement Award
Edith Lederer

2006

Courage in Journalism Awards
Jill Carroll May Chidiac
Lifetime Achievement Award
Elena Poniatowska

2005

Lifetime Achievement Award
Molly Ivins

2004

Lifetime Achievement Award
Belva Davis

2003

Lifetime Achievement Award
Magdalena Ruiz

2002

Lifetime Achievement Award
Mary McGrory

2001

Lifetime Achievement Award
Colleen “Koky” Dishon

2000

Lifetime Achievement Award
Flora Lewis

1999

Lifetime Achievement Award
Peggy Peterman

1998

Lifetime Achievement Award
Bonnie Angelo

1997

Lifetime Achievement Award
Nancy Woodhull

1996

Courage in Journalism Awards
Ayse Onal Lucy Sichone Saida Ramadan
Lifetime Achievement Award
Meg Greenfield

1995

Courage in Journalism Awards
Chris Anyanwu Gao Yu Horria Saihi
Lifetime Achievement Award
Helen Thomas

1994

Lifetime Achievement Award
Katharine Graham

1991

Courage in Journalism Awards
Luyubov Kovalevskaya Marites Vitug

The 2019 Courage in Journalism Awards are Made Possible By:

National Presenting Sponsor


Investigative Sponsor


Opinion Sponsor

CNN
Facebook Journalism Project
Gibson Dunn
Voice of America
Theodore and Helen Boutrous

Politics Sponsor

Discovery & TVN Power Shift Project Pepper Hamilton LLP Politico Susan King U.S. Chamber of Commerce The Washington Post Andrea Mitchell & Alan Greenspan Judy Woodruff

Gold Tribute

The Wall Street Journal

Silver Tribute

American University School of Communication

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.