Join 600 media luminaries to celebrate a single powerful idea: Quality journalism makes a difference in the lives of people everywhere.

Awards Dinner Program

Nov. 13, 2012 | 6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Master of Ceremonies

Wolf Blitzer is CNN’s lead political anchor and the anchor of “The Situation Room With Wolf Blitzer,” CNN’s political news program that provides up-to-the minute coverage of the day’s events. The program celebrated its seventh anniversary in August 2012. Blitzer has been with the network for more than 20 years. In the run-up to the 2012 presidential election, Blitzer has moderated three CNN Republican presidential debates. Blitzer has led CNN’s election coverage throughout “America’s Choice 2012,” serving as lead anchor on key primary and caucus nights. More

Keynote Speaker

Bob Woodward is one of America’s pre-eminent investigative reporters and non-fiction authors. He has worked for The Washington Post since 1971 as a reporter, and is currently an associate editor. While a young reporter in 1972, Woodward was teamed up with Carl Bernstein. The two did much, but not all, of the original news reporting on the Watergate scandal that led to numerous government investigations and the eventual resignation of President Richard Nixon. The Post was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 for its reporting of the Watergate scandal. Gene Roberts, former managing editor of The New York Times has called the work of Woodward and Bernstein “maybe the single greatest reporting effort of all time.” More

News Innovation Award Winner

Today, with 800 million unique users per month and 72 hours of video uploaded every minute, YouTube has revolutionized the way news is produced and distributed across the globe. It is the world’s largest online video community, empowering citizens and journalists alike to break news in real time. Founded in February 2005, YouTube allows billions of people to discover, watch and share original videos. More


As a correspondent in the field or as an anchor in New York, Ann Curry goes where the action is—and often makes news herself. She has covered huge breaking stories like the Japanese tsunami and the Haitian earthquake. She has conducted revealing interviews with the Dalai Lama and numerous U.S. political leaders. And her sensitive coverage of the humanitarian disaster in Sudan helped place that issue at the top of the global agenda. Curry now serves as the NBC News national and international correspondent/anchor and “Today” show anchor at large. More

Knight International Journalism Award Presenter

Alberto Ibargüen is president and CEO of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. As president, he is an ex-officio trustee of the foundation. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. Under Ibargüen’s leadership, Knight has invested more than $100 million in new technologies and techniques for media, including in more than 200 community news and information experiments. More

Knight International Journalism Award Winners

Afghan broadcaster Sami Mahdi has revolutionized Afghanistan’s media landscape. In a country where the Taliban once starved people of information, Mahdi is one of the most reliable sources of news. More than that, he has engaged Afghans in a way no other newscaster has. As the director of news and current affairs at 1TV, Afghanistan’s fastest-growing independent news station, he has pioneered programs such as “Kabul Debate Live,” a televised town hall meeting. More

Kassim Mohamed is an investigative reporter covering Kenya and Somalia, a nation plagued by lawlessness and piracy. He has chronicled the ensuing chaos in great detail—and at great personal risk—for the Nairobi-based Star FM radio station and The Star newspaper. Mohamed is also regular contributor to Radio Netherlands Worldwide. More