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2016 Awards Dinner

Monday, November 14, 2016
6:00 p.m.
7:00 p.m.
Moonlight Reception: 
9:30 p.m.
Business Attire

On Nov. 14, 550 people gathered for the International Center for Journalists' annual Awards Dinner. We paid tribute to outstanding journalists whose coverage has had a major impact. CNN's Wolf Blitzer served as master of ceremonies. Please check out our photo gallery. We also featured real-time drawings by New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly. The highlights:

  • Television icon Charlie Rose, known for his insightful interviews of global leaders, said journalists covering elections must pay more attention to voters and not rely so heavily on the polls. Rose was honored with ICFJ's Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism. Read more or watch his tribute video and remarks.

  • CNN war correspondent Clarissa Ward, an intrepid reporter who covers international hotspots, urged journalists against selective listening - a lesson she says she learned from Rose. Ward received ICFJ's Excellence in International Reporting Award. Read more or see her tribute video and speech.

  • Investigative reporters from Mexico and Bosnia, received the Knight International Journalism Award. Carmen Aristegui, accepting the award on behalf of her courageous team, said she worried about the harm President Donald Trump could pose to her native Mexico. Read our story (in English or Spanish) or check out the full text (in English or Spanish) and watch her tribute video.

  • Miranda Patrucic, a Sarajevo-based journalist who uncovers high-level corruption in Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said many journalists in her region must remain anonymous for fear of reprisals. Read our story about her speech, watch her tribute video or read her remarks.

In honor of our longtime board member, we announced the creation of the Michael Elliott Award for Excellence in African Storytelling. Elliott, who passed away in July, was a leading editor at three great newsmagazines: The Economist, Newsweek and TIME. He later became the CEO of Bono's nonprofit, ONE.

The evening also demonstrated how ICFJ is shaping the future of global journalism. Thanks so much to everyone who supports our work. We hope you can join us next year.