Foundation series

2022 International Women’s Media Foundation Courage in Journalism Award hosted by Norah O’Donnell

Register for the 2022 Courage in Journalism Awards here.

For 32 years, the Courage in Journalism Awards have honored courageous women journalists who refuse to step down or be silenced in their pursuit of the truth. The 2022 awards take place against a backdrop of heightened global tensions, from Russia’s war on Ukraine to the aftermath of the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan and numerous other authoritarian repressions and human rights violations in countries all over the world. Join us in honoring the women journalists on the front lines of these challenges who are fearless in their commitment to reporting.

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Norah O’Donnell is the anchor and editor of “CBS Evening News”, the anchor of CBS News Election Specials, including primary, debate and election nights, and a correspondent for “60 Minutes”. O’Donnell is a multi-Emmy Award-winning journalist with more than two decades of experience covering the world’s biggest stories and delivering hard-hitting interviews. She has covered six presidential elections and traveled the world interviewing some of the world’s most important leaders, including six US presidents.

A strong supporter of women’s empowerment, O’Donnell sits on the board of the International Women’s Media Foundation. At “CBS Evening News,” O’Donnell also created and directed a series of original stories titled “Women and the Pandemic,” which offered in-depth insight into the lasting and disproportionate effect of COVID-19 on women.

Born into a military family, O’Donnell grew up in San Antonio, Texas; Landstuhl, Germany; Seoul, South Korea and Washington, DC She graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. She is married to Geoff Tracy, a restaurateur in Washington, DC. They have three children.

Kathryn Murdoch is co-founder and president of the Quadrivium Foundation, which supports powerful, evidence-based solutions for critical societal issues. Kathryn sits on the boards of Unite America, the Climate Leadership Council, Climate Central and the Environmental Defense Fund. She is a founding board member of SciLine, which provides scientific expertise and context to journalists. Quadrivium has also funded important work by, the Center for New American Security, and the Anti-Defamation League.

As co-chair of the Unite America Board of Directors, Kathryn supports a movement of Democrats, Republicans and independents working to bridge the partisan divide. She champions political reforms that put voters first, aiming for a more representative and functional government.

Previously, she served on the Advisory Board of Stanford University’s Meta-Research Innovation Center and the Board of Trustees of Rockefeller University.

As a visiting scholar at the University of Oxford and director of ReSource 2012, she brought together scientists, academics, investment professionals and entrepreneurs to promote the wise use of natural resources.

From 2007 to 2011, Kathryn served as director of strategy and communications for the Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI), where she managed CCI’s partnership with Microsoft to develop software to track global greenhouse gas emissions. tight. She was Deputy Chair of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew Board of Trustees from 2009 to 2012. Previously, Kathryn was responsible for marketing and communications in New York and Hong Kong and owner of the clothing and accessories brand Thakoon, until it was sold. in 2015.

She lives in New York with her family.

Elisa Lees Muñoz is the Executive Director of the International Women’s Media Foundation, a position she has held since 2013. Elisa leads the organization to achieve its mission of supporting women journalists and developing their careers by providing training, tools and support. She is responsible for growing the IWMF by expanding its programs into new geographies; introduce new initiatives; build partnerships with peer organizations; secure diverse organizational funding; and, boosting communications and outreach to key constituents.

Elisa’s nearly two decades at the IWMF have made her a leading expert on the intersections of gender equity and press freedom. She is a tireless advocate for women journalists, striving to prioritize their voices in all conversations about press freedom. Elisa knows that progress stops when gender diversity perspectives are excluded – and that it often takes a women-led, women-focused organization to move the industry forward.

Elisa currently oversees a team of over 15 dedicated to supporting gender diverse journalists. This growing capacity enables the IWMF to respond immediately to the issues that women and non-binary journalists face in today’s world, meeting the moment with adaptability and urgency. Elisa also recognizes that gender equity cannot be achieved in a vacuum, reinforcing the IWMF’s commitment to uplift journalists at all intersections of their identities.

Elisa has been a human rights activist since earning a master’s degree in international relations from the University of Maryland. With over 15 years of nonprofit management experience, she is an expert in philanthropy, coalition building, fundraising and organizational development. Off the clock, his passions include spending time with his family, biking on DC’s many trails, and all things Spain, his home country.

“It is a privilege to lead an organization as unique as the IWMF. Supported by our Board of Directors; journalism, media and communications leaders; we have the opportunity to improve the skills, safety and lives of women journalists around the world. And, in doing so, allow their voices and those they cover to be heard.

Lynsey Addario is an American photojournalist who has covered conflict, humanitarian crises and women’s issues in the Middle East and Africa on assignment for The New York Times for more than two decades. Since September 11, 2001, Addario has covered conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Lebanon, Darfur, South Sudan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Yemen, Syria and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

In 2015, American Photo Magazine named Lynsey one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years, saying she changed the way we view conflict in the world. Addario is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship. She was part of The New York Times team to win a Pulitzer Prize for overseas reporting in Afghanistan and Pakistan, an Overseas Press Club Olivier Rebbot Award and two Emmy Award nominations.

She holds three honorary doctorates for her professional achievements from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bates College in Maine and the University of York in England. In 2015, Addario wrote a best-selling New York Times memoir, “That’s What I Do,” which chronicles his personal and professional life as a photojournalist coming of age in the post-9/11 world. In 2018, she released her first solo photography collection, “Of Love and War”, published by Penguin Press.

Cerise Castle, a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles, California, specializes in arts and culture, civil rights, crime, and human interest stories. She has produced and hosted segments for the Emmy-winning nighttime news program, VICE News Tonight, NPR, and several podcasts. His reporting and commentary has been featured in publications such as Knock LA, The Daily Beast, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Magazine, and MTV.

Castle wrote “A Tradition of Violence,” the first story of deputy gangs within the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, the largest local law enforcement agency in the United States. The investigation was released as a 15-part feature series for Knock LA exposing 18 gangs, 19 documented murders (all of which were of people of color), and over $100 million in lawsuits paid for by the residents of Los Angeles. The podcast of the same name and subject is due out in October 2022.

Victoria Roshchyna is a Ukrainian freelance journalist who works for Ukrayinska Pravda, Hromadske and Radio Free Europe. Throughout her 6+ years in journalism, Roshchyna has primarily covered complex and dangerous topics – including crime, courts, human rights and war – to hold power to account.

Roshchyna has reported exclusively on the war in Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion in February 2022. In March 2022, Roshchyna was captured twice by Russian forces in the eastern regions of Ukraine, the second time held for 10 days in Berdyansk.

Chinese journalist Xueqin (Sophia) Huang disappeared on September 19, a day before her scheduled departure for the UK to study at the University of Sussex. On September 27, Radio Free Asia, funded by the US Congress, reported that Huang was being held in extrajudicial detention by government agents.

Huang is a freelance journalist who has covered social issues on her personal blog since 2018. She previously worked as an investigative reporter for Chinese-language media outlets Xinquaibao and Southern Metropolis Weekly, according to reports.