2009 Awards Dinner: Celebrating 25 Years

  • Eric Newton of Knight Foundation presents Chouchou Namegabe with her Knight International Journalism Award.

Thursday, November 12, 2009
Cocktails: 
6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 
7:00 p.m.
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In First Speech Since Escape, New York Times Reporter Details Life as Taliban Captive at ICFJ Dinner

Washington, DC - New York Times reporter David Rohde said Thursday that he was “extraordinarily lucky” to have escaped the Taliban after seven months of captivity in Afghanistan and Pakistan and that other hostages have not been so lucky.

Rohde said he was stunned by his captors’ ability to move their hostages across Afghanistan and into Pakistan with impunity. He said the U.S. war in Afghanistan had not destroyed the Taliban. Instead, the fundamentalist militia had established a fully functioning state in the mountainous tribal regions of Pakistan.

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Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism

Seymour Hersh, The New Yorker

Knight International Journalism Awardees:

Cao Junwu, China
Chouchou Namegabe, Democratic Republic of the Congo

Master of Ceremonies

George Stephanopoulos, ABC News

Keynote Speaker

David Rohde, The New York Times