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2012 Awards Dinner

Tuesday, November 13, 2012
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Business Attire

On Nov. 13th, ICFJ celebrated 28 years of advancing quality journalism worldwide at our Awards Dinner in Washington, D.C.


  • CNN political anchor Wolf Blitzer was the evening’s emcee for the program, which was attended by more than 500 journalists and media luminaries.

  • Investigative reporter Bob Woodward said secret government was the greatest danger everywhere because "democracies die in darkness."

  • YouTube CEO Salar Kamangar, accepting a News Innovation Award on behalf of his company, said the video platform expands journalism's reach, but needs journalists for "analysis and context."

  • Knight Foundation President and CEO Alberto Ibargüen announced a new $3.15 million grant from the foundation in support of ICFJ's innovative work.

  • U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton saluted journalists who “tell stories that need to be told and shed light on issues that cannot afford to be hidden in the shadows.”

  • Afghan journalist Sami Mahdi, who received the Knight International Journalism Award for his groundbreaking news program on domestic violence, expressed deep concern for maintaining a free press after the international troops leave in 2014.

  • Kenya radio journalist Kassim Mohamed, who received the Knight International Journalism Award for coverage of the Somali pirates, said the mass media fail to cover the plight of Somalia's citizens.

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