Posted by Politico on April 15, 2013 in News Clips
CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will be honored this week with the Arab American Institute Foundation's first-ever Anthony Shadid Award for Excellence in Journalism, named for The New York Times correspondent who lost his life last year in Syria.
"I'm incredibly thrilled and honored to be given this award, most importantly because of whose name it's in," Amanpour, who also hosts a program on CNN International, told POLITICO this afternoon. "Anthony was a great voice, a great reporter."
Shadid was a member of Amanpour's roundtable while she was host of ABC's "This Week," and the two often corresponded during the Arab Spring. Amanpour said that Shadid knew how to "understand and tell the story of the other."
"We're often too wrapped up in telling stories from our own cultural, national and political perspective," she said. "Anthony was an American reporter, but he was a global citizen. He had a deep knowledge and affinity for the Arab world at a time when America needed to know about the Arab world. He died trying to tell the story of Syria, which is a blot on the face of our Democracy that we allow it to continue."
Amanpour will accept the award at the AAI Foundation's 15th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards Gala on Tuesday in Washington.
UPDATE (Apr. 16, 12:00 p.m.): A reader notes that while this is the AAI Foundation's first Anthony Shadid award, it is not the only award to bear the late reporter's name. The University of Wisconsin-Madison's Center for Journalism Ethics also has an Anthony Shadid award, which was awarded to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Mark Johnson two weeks ago.Original Article comments powered by Disqus