Norah O’Donnell and Cynthia McFadden came together this afternoon to help honor women journalists who have set themselves apart by their extraordinary bravery at the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) Courage in Journalism Awards at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York.
This year’s honorees – who were presented with their Award at this afternoon’s Awards luncheon – are Arwa Damon (senior international correspondent, CNN) who has reported on most of recent history in the Middle East, covering revolutions, popular demonstrations, war, and terrorist attacks. Solange Lusiku Nsimire (editor in chief, Le Souverain, Democratic Republic of the Congo) who is the target of ongoing threats and harassment; her family home has been attacked multiple times. And Brankica Stanković, (TV reporter, B92, Serbia) who has been forced to live under 24-hour police protection since 2009 for reporting on corruption and crime perpetrated by her country’s political and economic elite. Alexandra Trower, Executive Vice President of Global Communications at The Estée Lauder Companies Inc., and Vice-Chair of the IWMF Board of Directors, will receive the IWMF Leadership Award for her decades-long career in executive leadership at major international companies and her years of support for the IWMF’s work.
McFadden and O’Donnell co-hosted the event. Additional attendees included Connie Chung, Lynn Povich, Judy Woodruff, Deborah Lloyd (Chief Creative Officer, Kate Spade), Peter Grauer (Chairman, Bloomberg), Cindi Leive (Editor-in-Chief, Glamour), María Elena Salinas, Deborah Roberts, Debra Shriver, Howard Buffett, Eugene Robinson, Kate Betts, Cathie Black and Paula Zahn.
The IWMF has hosted the Courage in Journalism Awards for the past 24 years. Facing and surviving danger to uncover the truth, the honorees each year raise the bar for reporting under duress.
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