Bagila Bukharbayeva

Bagila Bukharbayeva has dodged bullets and reported bravely on repressive governmental policies and human-rights abuses in Uzbekistan, her home country. As the Associated Press's Central Asia correspondent, she oversees the wire service's regional coverage, supervising and editing the work of stringers. Bukharbayeva has not returned home since she reported on the Andijan uprising in May, 2005 when the Uzbek government's violent response to the revolt led to the deaths of more than 700 people, and the wounding of thousands more, in the eastern city.

Bagila Bukharbayeva had to flee her native Uzbekistan because of the government’s response to her independent coverage of the Andijan uprising in May 2005. Now Bukharbayeva works as the Central Asia correspondent for the Associated Press news service. She is responsible for the wire service’s coverage of the region, supervising and editing the work of stringers. She has 12 years’ journalism experience, a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Tashkent State University and a master’s degree in international journalism from City University in London, England.

"I hope the exchange will allow me to refresh my views about journalism through exchanging ideas and discussing various issues with the other participants, the ICFJ people and other U.S. journalists. I think it's always very useful to take a pause and see where you are and where are you going."

The Paul Klebnikov Fund recognizes an experienced journalist whose work best exemplifies Klebnikov’s vision of journalism as a force for civic betterment in Russia and the rest of the former Soviet Union.