Posted on February 07, 2013 in Arab American Institute
Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism
Christiane Amanpour began her journalism career at CNN in 1983, after graduating summa cum laude from the University of Rhode Island. Within seven years, she had worked her way up to become an international correspondent in New York. Amanpour has worked for CNN and ABC News, where she has interviewed statesmen and politicians from Jacques Chirac to Yasser Arafat, often reporting on the ground in the midst of extreme danger. She has also received every major television journalism award and serves as a board member of several organizations including the Committee to Protect Journalists. She currently serves as the global affairs anchor for ABC News and in April 2012, became the anchor and chief international correspondent for her CNN show, Amanpour.
Children's Defense Fund & Marian Wright Edelman
Award for Institutional Excellence
After graduating from Yale Law School in the mid-1960’s, Marian Wright Edelman became the first black woman to pass the Mississippi Bar. In 1973, she founded the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF) with a mission to ensure children’s successful passage into adulthood by strengthening families and communities. Under her leadership, CDF has become one of the strongest advocates for disadvantaged children and families by helping to improve policies and programs for children to give them better access to health care, education, and proper nutrition. Throughout her career, Edelman has received hundreds of honorary degrees and many awards, including the Albert Schweitzer Humanitarian Prize.
Individual Achievement Award
Kemal Amen "Casey" Kasem is one of the nation's most recognized personalities. Generations of Americans grew up with Casey, whether it was as host of "American Top 40" and "Casey's Countdown," as the "voice of NBC," or as Shaggy from "Scooby Doo." Americans, from all walks of life, listened to Casey and were inspired by his uplifting and positive message of hope. An entertainment legend, he has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and was inducted into both the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame. Throughout his life, he has been a passionate advocate for peace, environmental protection, and civil rights, while tirelessly promoting the culture and contributions of the Arab American community. He played a key role in founding national organizations dedicated to Arab American outreach and activism, and has spoken on behalf of our community on both domestic and foreign policy issues.
Najeeb Halaby Award for Public Service
In 1965, Ralph Nader launched his active public service career with the publication of Unsafe at Any Speed, documenting egregious safety failures in the US automotive industry. His advocacy prompted the unanimous passage of the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act. When he was awarded $425,000 by the New York Court of Appeals in his suit against GM for "overzealous surveillance," Nader used the proceeds to found the Center for the Study of Responsive Law, dedicated to protecting the interests of citizens and consumers. Throughout his career, he has founded more than four dozen non-profit organizations focused on promoting the public interest, published 46 books on topics from airline safety to anti-trust enforcement, and been a six-time presidential candidate, most recently running for the office in 2008.