On Tuesday night, Olivia Wilde and Glamour Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, Cindi Leive co-hosted the International Wome’s Media Foundation 2013 Courage in Journalism Awards honoring Najiba Ayub, Bopha Phorn, Nour Kelze and Edna Machirori (Lifetime Achievement Award Winner).
In addition, Los Angeles Times National Editor, Kim Murphy, presented a tribute to “1998 Courage Award” winner Elizabeth Neuffer who died in Iraq in 2003.
Additional celebrity presenters included Bo Derek and John Corbett (who presented to Bopha Phorn), Marcia Gay Harden (who presented to Nour Kelze), Maria Shriver (who presented to Edna Machirori) and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon (who presented to Najiba Ayub) with additional notable guests including Lubov Azria and Omarosa Manigault.
The Courage in Journalism Awards honored women journalists who have shown extraordinary strength of character and integrity while reporting the news under dangerous or difficult circumstances.
The 2013 honorees included: Najiba Ayubi, 45, a news director from Afghanistan who has spent more than a decade working under anonymous threats and attacks from government entities; Nour Kelze, 25, a Syrian photojournalist who occupies the front lines of the conflict in her country, documenting the human cost of the Syrian revolution and Bopha Phorn, 28, a Cambodian newspaper reporter whose coverage of crime, land rights abuses and human rights issues have led to attempts on her life. The IWMF Lifetime Achievement Award went to Edna Machirori, the first black female newspaper editor in Zimbabwe.
Bank of America was the National Presenting Sponsor for the 8th consecutive year; with Chevron as the West Coast Presenting Sponsor. This year’s Media Sponsor was the Los Angeles Times.
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