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2021 winners

Congratulations to 2021 Scholar Award Winners!

Alicia Carter, UNC at Chapel Hill Hussman School of Journalism,
Walter & Betsy Cronkite Scholarship

Rose Gilbert, Columbia Journalism School, Stan Swinton Fellowship

Tre'Vaughn Howard, University of Miami,
Nathan S. Bienstock Scholarship

Anna Jean Kaiser, Columbia Journalism School,
Sally Jacobsen Scholarship

Jimin Kang, Princeton University, Rick Davis - Deb Amos Scholarship

Diana Kruzman, New York University, Harper's Magazine Award
in memory of I.F. Stone

Kira Leadholm, Northwestern Medill School of Journalism,
Edith Lederer Scholarship

Doyin Oladipo, New York University, Fritz Beebe Fellowship

Akash Pasricha, Columbia Journalism School, Jerry Flint Award for
International Business Reporting

Arno Pedram, Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY, Flora Lewis / Jacqueline Albert-Simon Scholarship

Luca Powell, Craig Newmark School of Journalism at CUNY,
Roy Rowan Scholarship

Matthew Reysio-Cruz, Columbia Journalism School, S&P Global Award for Economic & Business Reporting

Krisztian Sandor
, New York University, Reuters Fellowship

Heather Schlitz, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign,

Richard Pyle Scholarship

Brett Simpson, UC-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism,
Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship

Jack Stone Truitt, Columbia Journalism School, David R. Schweisberg
Memorial Scholarship

Meena Venkataramanan, Harvard University, Emanuel R. Freedman Scholarship

2021 OPC Foundation Scholar Awards - April 8, 2021

Meet the 2021 Winners

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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.” Ben aslo won 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.

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.

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.

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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.”

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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 $3,000 scholarships to 17 talented student winners of a national essay competition. In 2006, the OPC Foundation began partnering with media organizations to offer fellowships.

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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