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Awards Dinner Program

Nov. 1, 2011 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Masters of Ceremonies

Joe Scarborough is a cable news and talk radio host, author, and former politician. Scarborough served in the United States House of Representatives from 1995 to 2001 as a Republican from the 1st district of Florida. Scarborough is the host of MSNBC’s "Morning Joe," which features interviews with top newsmakers and politicians and analysis of the day’s biggest stories. More

Mika Brzezinski is the co-host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Citadel Media’s syndicated radio show “The Joe Scarborough Show”. In January of 2010 she published her memoir “All Things At Once” which became a New York Times Bestseller.

Prior to joining MSNBC in January 2007, Brzezinski was an anchor of the "CBS Evening News Weekend Edition" and a CBS News correspondent who frequently contributed to "CBS Sunday Morning" and "60 Minutes." More

Keynote Speaker

Ken Auletta has been writing “Annals of Communications” columns and profiles for The New Yorker since 1992. He is also the author of 11 books, including five national bestsellers: “Greed And Glory On Wall Street: The Fall of The House of Lehman” (1986); “Three Blind Mice: How the TV Networks Lost Their Way” (1991); “The Highwaymen: Warriors of the Information Superhighway” (1997); “World War 3.0: Microsoft and Its Enemies” (2001); and “Googled: The End of the World As We Know It” (2009). More

ICFJ Founders Award Winner

Christiane Amanpour is the anchor of ABC’s Sunday morning political affairs program, “This Week with Christiane Amanpour.” In addition to her anchoring role, she provides international analysis of the important issues of the day on ABC News’ other programs and platforms and anchors primetime documentaries on international subjects. More

Knight International Journalism Award Winners

For the past 17 years, Rocío Idalia Gallegos Rodríguez has covered the northern border towns of Mexico, working mainly for the El Diario newspaper chain. Gallegos has written about the rampant violence, corruption and fear that the Mexican drug lords have wreaked in Ciudad Juárez. She played a lead role in investigating the death of fellow reporter Armando Rodríguez, who was gunned down in front of his 8-year-old daughter in 2008. Her team’s reporting prompted international media groups to pressure the Mexican government to solve the case. More

Since 2003, Sandra Rodríguez Nieto has worked for El Diario, where she has aggressively written about local government corruption and the failures in the judicial system. She has focused on how a lack of education and jobs in the northern border city of Juárez drives thousands of youth into the world of crime and drugs. She has also reported on the organizational structure of the competing drug cartels and their ability to evade law enforcement. Rodríguez created databases to analyze the murders in Juárez in 2008 and 2009. More

Thet Sambath is widely regarded as one of the country’s best investigative reporters, and his stories, published in Cambodia’s premier English-language newspaper, have been syndicated all over the world. As a child, Sambath lost his parents and brother to the brutal regime of Pol Pot. It was a tragedy he shared with countless other Cambodians across their small country—the survivors of a genocide with more than 1 million deaths through political executions, starvation and disease. More