Posted on April 15, 2013 in Press Releases

Contact: Omar Tewfik, 202-652-4988

Amanpour to Receive Inaugural AAIF Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism

Washington, DC – April 11, 2013 – The Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF) will honor Christiane Amanpour with the inaugural Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism next Tuesday, April 16th at the fifteenth annual Kahlil Gibran “Sprit of Humanity” Awards Gala in Washington, DC. The Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism isnamed for the two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid who tragically passed away last year. The Anthony Shadid award honors those whose coverage of the Arab world or the Arab American community has had longstanding or groundbreaking impacts.

What: 15th Annual Kahlil Gibran "Spirit of Humanity" Awards Gala

Where: JW Marriott Hotel, 1331 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

When: Tuesday, April 16 2013, Gala at 6:30 p.m. | Interviews can be arranged

“Christiane’s career has been built on fair, nuanced, responsible coverage of the Arab world,” said Arab American Institute President James Zogby. “While her reporting style is clearly quite different from Anthony’s, both had a common goal: to provide the world with a full, clear, and accurate picture of events and issues that define the modern Middle East.”

“I’m deeply honored to receive this inaugural Award,” said Christiane Amanpour. “I was a great admirer of my dear colleague Anthony Shadid. He had a unique way of telling the human side of the story, even under the most extreme circumstances. I thank AAIF for their recognition of my work in journalism, and for continuing to honor Anthony’s profound legacy.”

Children's Defense Fund & Marian Wright Edelman, Casey Kasem, and Ralph Nader will also be honored at this year’s gala.


Launched in 1999 by the Arab American Institute (AAI) and the AAI Foundation, the only national, pan-ethnic, secular organizations dedicated to promoting the civic integration and leadership of Arab Americans, the Gibran Awards attracts roughly 600 participants each year. Members of Congress and the Administration, diplomats from across the Arab world, business leaders, philanthropists, media luminaries, academics, and community activists from around the nation gather to celebrate those whose work and vision reflect the values of the renowned Arab American poet and author of The Prophet.

For more information on AAI, please visit or call 202-429-9210.