On Nov. 7, nearly 600 people gathered for ICFJ's annual Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C., with Wolf Blitzer, CNN lead political anchor, as master of ceremonies.
New York Times columnist Nicholas D. Kristof said investing in international reporting is one of the most “cost-effective and reliable ways” to bring good governance “to countries that desperately need it,” in the evening’s keynote address. Watch the video.
Richard Engel, NBC News' chief foreign correspondent, said “We cannot give up the fight for press freedom, and we can’t assume the Internet will take care of that for us,” as he accepted ICFJ’s Excellence in International Reporting Award. Watch the video.
Secretary of State John Kerry praised ICFJ award winners as "truth-tellers in a noble cause." In an exclusive video, he said the three "exceptional" honorees demonstrated "that special brand of courage in reporting." Watch the video or read the story.
Knight International Journalism Award winner Roman Anin, recognized for tracking down millions stolen from the Russian budget, said "journalists need to unite in their efforts" to cover organized crime as it goes global. Watch the video or read his remarks.
Umar Cheema, who received the Knight Award for setting a new standard for courage and investigative journalism in Pakistan, said that reporters "can't be cowed into submission." Watch the video or read his remarks.