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Winners 2020Left to right: Meg Bernhard, William Martin, Marta Orosz, Juan Arredondo, Mateo Nelson, Matt DeButts, Annie Todd, Genevieve Finn, Sarah Trent, Jake Kincaid, Thomas Nocera, Kimon de Greef, Sandali Handagama, Annie Rosenthal , Kantaro Komiya and Meghan Sullivan.

Congratulations to 2020 Scholar Award Winners!

Juan Arredondo, HARPER’S MAGAZINE SCHOLARSHIP in memory of I.F. STONE,
Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Kathlieke Universiteit Leuven

Matt DeButts, FRITZ BEEBE FELLOWSHIP, Stanford University

Kimon de Greef, DAVID R. SCHWEISBERG SCHOLARSHIP, New York University


Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

DePauw University

New York University

New York University

Thomas Nocera, NATHAN S. BIENSTOCK SCHOLARSHIP Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

New York University

Yale University

Meghan Sullivan, WALTER & BETSY CRONKITE SCHOLARSHIP, Stanford University

Anne Todd, S&P GLOBAL AWARD, Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY

Sarah Trent, ROY ROWAN SCHOLARSHIP, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Meet the 2020 Winners

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Sally Jacobsen Scholarship Fund

Ben Taub
Ben Taub, the 2015 Freedman Scholarship winner (above), won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Ben, who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2017, was awarded the Pulitzer for “Guantanamo’s Darkest Secret,” his account of a man who was tortured at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for over a decade. The Pulitzer Board praised Taub for “blending on-the-ground reporting and lyrical prose to offer a nuanced perspective on America's wider war on terror.”

Emily steele
Emily Steele, Schweisberg winner in 2005, is seen with her colleague Michael Schmidt and the Pulitzer Prize they won for public service. A media reporter for the New York Times, Emily was recognized for her reporting on sexual harrassment allegations against Fox News host Bill O'Reilly.

Ed Ou
Ed Ou, Eldon winner in 2007, and his NBC News Left Field colleague Aurora Almendral, won the 2018 OPC Award for Best International Reporting in the broadcast media showing a concern for the human condition. The winning entry was entitled "The Kill List: The Brual Drug War in the Philippines." Ed is a video journalist for NBC News. He also won  a 2020 Peabody Award in the news category for a work he produced for NBC Digital entitled A Different Kind Of Force: Policing Mental Illness.

Ben Taub

Congratulations to Ben Taub, 2015 Freedman scholar, for winning the Best Investigative Reporting Award in any medium at the 2017 Overseas Press Club Awards Dinner. The story "War Crimes in Syria" appeared in The New Yorker and was funded in part by the Pulitzer Center. Now a staff writer at The New Yorker, Ben laid bare the horrific campaign to stamp out opposition, sanctioned by top levels of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s government. Based on more than 600,000 photos, internal memos and witness statements, Ben's account wove a powerful and heartbreaking story of a government waging war on its own citizens. He spent months poring through the war crimes files to collect evidence of at least 11,000 victims mutilated, cut, burned, shot, beaten and strangled by the powerful apparatus of the Syrian state. .

Jonathan Jones

2009 IF Stone winner Jonathan Jones won two Emmys for the PBS Frontline/ProPublica in-depth documentary, "Firestone and the Warlord." The film, which looked at the Firestone tire company's actions during the Liberian Civil War, won an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism-Form and a second Emmy for Outstanding Research. Earlier this year, The Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights named, "Firestone and the Warlord," the winner of an 2015 RFK Journalism Award in the new media category. The subject was the topic of Jonathan's winning essay six years earlier. Here is the OPC program on how to turn research into an award-winning documentary.

Greg Jhnsen
Congratulations to 2006 Schweisberg winner Gregory Johnsen who is seen here accepting the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress from the National Press Foundation on behalf of his BuzzFeed News colleagues for their centerpiece titled "60 Words and A War Without End." Here’s the video on C-Span: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4528727/gregory-johnsen

Congratulations to 2008 Stan Swinton winner Paul Sonne (center) for winning an Overseas Press Club Award. Based in London, Paul and his colleagues from the Wall Street Journal won the Malcolm Forbes Award for best international business reporting in newspapers. The winning series of articles, “Censorship, Inc,” described how Iran, Egypt, Libya and Syria used technology from Western and Chinese companies to spy on dissidents, conduct surveillance, and track mobile phone use.


Congratulations to Ben Hubbard, 2007 Stan Swinton awardee, for winning the 2012 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.  He shared the honor with C.J. Chivers for their work in Syria.  Although Ben won for his reporting for The Associated Press, Benboth journalists are now with the New York Times.  Ben began his career at AP with an OPC Foundation internship in AP’s Jerusalem bureau  Ben and C.J. Chivers both went in and out of Syria multiple times in 2012, often traveling by foot and at night in order to avoid detection. They managed to gain the trust of rebel groups and report amidst bombs, bullets and the constant threat of capture. Their articles offer a glimpse into a region most readers are unfamiliar with, and were reported with the utmost accuracy possible in a war-torn country.  “Syria is probably as dangerous as or more dangerous than any other country that a winner has reported from,” said Richard Stolley (BSJ52, MSJ53), a former managing editor of TIME who is one of three judges for the award and a member of Medill’s Board of Advisers. “What was most remarkable was, under these awful conditions, how good their writing and reporting was.” Stolley is a former president of the OPC.  Ben described his coverage of Syria as helping fill an information void about what is going on in the country.  He noted, “I have always considered it my job as an Arabic-speaking journalist to try to act like a bridge between the often baffling events taking place in the Arab world and the American or English-language reader.”


RawyaThe work of 2006 OPC Foundation scholar Rawya Rageh reporting for Al Jazeera English on air and on Twitter was named one of the top 50 news stories produced by graduates of Columbia Journalism School as part of its Centennial Celebration. Rawya was in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the dramatic protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak and marked the historic bloom of the Arab Spring. 



The Overseas Press Club Foundation is the 501 (C)(3) charitable organization affiliated with the Overseas Press Club, which was founded in New York City in 1939 by a group of foreign correspondents to improve the profession of international journalism. The Foundation has a broad mandate to improve the media's understanding of international issues and to raise the quality of news-gathering efforts in covering the world. The most tangible expression of this charter is a scholarship program for undergraduate and graduate students in American colleges and universities, who aspire to become foreign correspondents. The program began in 1992 and every year offers $2,000 scholarships to 14 talented student winners of a national essay competition. In 2006, the OPC Foundation began partnering with media organizations to offer internships. The Foundation pays travel and living expenses for interns in foreign bureaus. Six of this year's winners will have internships with Associated Press (Cairo, Johannesburg, and Bangkok) and Reuters (Singapore, Beijing, and Hong Kong).

The Foundation feels it is more important than ever to encourage young correspondents to travel and work abroad particularly at a time when many major news organizations have sharply reduced their networks of experienced correspondents around the world.

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