Trailblazing Female Reporters Honored at International Journalism Gala

Three female pioneers known for ground-breaking coverage and hard-hitting investigative reports were honored during the International Center Journalists (ICFJ) 30th Anniversary Awards in Washington, D.C.

The prestigious Knight International Journalism Awards went to Oluwatoyosi Ogunseye, a Nigerian investigative journalist whose reporting forced a hospital to buy more incubators, a polluting steel plant to follow safety guidelines and a school to replace dangerous latrines; and Alejandra Xanic von Bertrab, a Mexican journalist who showed how companies flagrantly violated the law, in some cases causing massive deaths and injuries.

Watch Toyosi's tribute video or read her remarks.

Read Alejandra's remarks.

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ICFJ would like to thank the CBS News team for producing the outstanding tribute videos of our award winners. Special credit goes to Anthony Mason, John Molloy, Jacqueline Barnathan and especially, Mark Sturchio, who was instrumental in completing this project. We are grateful as well to Jeff Fager and Al Ortiz.