Washington, DC (PRWEB) October 20, 2011
Four brave women who risk their lives covering the news will be honored by Hollywood stars and top journalists in Los Angeles on Oct. 24 and New York on Oct. 27 at the International Women’s Journalism Foundation’s Courage in Journalism Awards.
Actor Aaron Eckhart will present BBC’s Katie Adie -- a pioneer for women journalists who reported from war zones around the world -- with the IWMF’s Lifetime Achievement Award on Oct. 24 at The Beverly Hills Hotel in LA.
ABC’s Nightline anchor Cynthia McFadden will be the mistress of ceremonies at the Courage in Journalism Awards dinner in Los Angeles. Actress Robin Givens, ABC News senior foreign affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz and Omnilife-Chivas Angelica Fuentes Tellez will also present the awards.
IWMF’S Courage in Journalism Award winners face daunting challenges reporting on violence in their countries. Mexican drug cartels have murdered two editors and threatened to kill Zeta editor Adela Navarro Bello, Iranian officials have targeted and harassed Reuters bureau chief Parisa Hafezi and Thailand authorities have charged editor Chiranuch Premchaiporn with violating laws for allowing 10 strangers to post anti-royal comments on her website and she could face up to 20 years in prison.
They will be honored in Los Angeles, and then again in New York on Oct. 27 at a luncheon at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel. IWMF Courage Co-chair Judy Woodruff of PBS NewsHour will oversee the New York luncheon as mistress of ceremonies. ABC’s Good Morning America anchor George Stephanopoulos, Jordan Media Institute founder HRH Princess Rym Ali, Bloomberg News White House correspondent Julianna Goldman and chief U.S. correspondent for the Middle East Broadcasting TV Nadia Bilbassy-Charters will present the awards.
Bank of America, a long-time Courage in Journalism Awards supporter, returns again this year as National Presenting Sponsor. Bloomberg News is the East Coast Chair and Walmart Stores is the West Coast Chair.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will deliver a videotaped message at the LA and NY events congratulating the women journalists for their brave efforts reporting the news.
West Coast Awards Oct. 24:
6:30 p.m. Red carpet arrivals at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
7:30 p.m. Crystal Ballroom at The Beverly Hills Hotel.
East Coast Awards Oct. 27:
11:a.m. Reception at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.
Noon Grand Ballroom at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel.
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For information on the events go to: http://bit.ly/iwmfcourage2011.