Posted by Arab American Institute on April 19, 2017 in Blog

AAI is proud to announce two additions to the 2017 Khalil Gibran Spirit of Humanity Awards program! We are honored to have MSNBC News Anchor and NBC News Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin acting as Master of Ceremonies and Senator Amy Klobuchar as presenter of the Institutional Excellence Award for The Arc. 

h75lWi2l.jpgAyman Mohyeldin has enjoyed a distinguished and exciting career in journalism. He began his career as a desk assistant at NBC’s Washington, DC bureau. His language skills and knowledge of the Arab world quickly became an invaluable asset as the U.S. became more deeply involved in the region following September 11th. Ayman later joined Al Jazeera English, earning praise for his extensive on the ground coverage of the Egyptian revolution. He has the unique distinction of being the only American broadcast journalist living and reporting in Gaza from May 2008 to May 2010. Following his coverage of the Arab Spring, Ayman returned to NBC as a foreign correspondent covering the Middle East. 

Ayman has been widely praised for his in-depth reporting and has received multiple awards for his work, including a Peabody Award. In 2011, he was named one of the world’s 100 most influential people by Time magazine. He is now a foreign correspondent for NBC News and an anchor for MSNBC, as well as an anchor for MSNBC’s digital channel show, Roadmap.

Amy_Klobuchar.jpgSenator Amy Klobuchar is the senior U.S. Senator for the state of Minnesota and the first woman from the state to hold that office. A dedicated public servant, she was elected Hennepin County attorney in 1998 where she led the fight for safer schools and criminal justice reform and made prosecuting violent and career offenders her top priority. Her tireless efforts earned her national recognition and she has received awards from the Department of Justice under both the Clinton and Bush Administrations.

In Washington, the senator quickly gained praise for her ability to reach across the aisle and form consensus on critical legislation combatting the rising opioid epidemic and expanding job and education opportunities for veterans. She helped translate Minnesota’s landmark “Beyond the Yellow Ribbon” program into a national model, providing community support and care to Service members. A determined advocate for families, she was a champion of the 2015 ABLE Act, easing the financial worries of individuals with disabilities and their families and allowing them to plan for more stable and independent futures. Senator Klobuchar was appointed Chair of the Senate Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee in 2015, where she leads the development of the Senate Democratic agenda by bringing together the private, non-profit, and public sector to formulate stronger economic and social policies.

We are honored to have Ayman and Senator Klobuchar with us on April 27th at AAIF’s 19th annual Gibran Gala as we honor our awardees: multiple Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author Steve Coll; Director of the Biden Cancer Initiative Greg Simon; esteemed philanthropist and Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya; The Arc of the United States, an organization dedicated to advocating for those with developmental disabilities; and renowned Palestinian artist Kamal Boullata. We hope you will join us as we celebrate the tremendous work of our awardees and our community’s achievements. Please purchase your tickets today.