BBG Lists Its Award Winners
The Broadcasting Board of Governors listed
its journalists, employed by Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty,
Radio Free Asia, Middle East Broadcasting and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting, who
have received recognition recently from other organizations. Here is a partial list:
-VOA correspondent Carolyn Presutti and photographer Michael Burke were
honored by the Associated Press for a story on the Haitian Tarantulas, a soccer
team with players who lost limbs in the 2010 earthquake.
-VOA’s Bill Workinger received a
Society of Professional Journalists award for local journalism.
-Ilir Ikonomi, team leader of VOA’s Albanian
Service, was awarded the Medal of Gratitude by Albanian President Bujar Nishani.
-Steve Ember was designated a finalist in
the “Best Narration” category at the New York Festivals International Radio
Awards for his work on “The Making of a Nation.”
-Radio Farda’s Vahid Pourostad was a Silver Radio Winner at the 2013 New
York Festivals International Radio Programs and Promos Awards for his radio
documentary, “Solitary Confinement.”
-RFE/RL correspondent Olesya Vartanyan was awarded a “Special Prize for
Peace Journalism” by the Delegation of the European Union to Georgia and the EU
Monitoring Mission (EUMM).
Free Afghanistan received a letter of appreciation for its promotion of human
rights from the country’s Independent Human Rights Commission.
-For the second year in a row, RFE/RL was named an
“Official Honoree” in the Radio & Podcasts category at the 2013 Webby
Awards, for outstanding achievement in new media and creative technology.
-Pan Arab Web Awards
Academy gave Radio Sawa the Facebook Interactive Award for its interactivity
with the audience, rich content, easy to navigate design and the number of “likes.”
Free Asia’s Uyghur Service reporter Shohret Hoshur won silver in the
international contest’s category of “Best Coverage of an Ongoing News Story”
for his investigation into the enforced disappearance of Uyghurs after deadly
ethnic unrest in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in July 2009.
-RFA Korean reporter Jinkuk Kim took bronze in the
category of “Best Human Interest Story” for his piece on the mixed emotions of
North Korean refugees who watched the U.S.-North Korea women’s soccer match in
the 2012 London Olympics.
-RFA won a Gracie Award for its Cantonese language entry “Kidnapped Woman
Reunites with Family.” The awards are sponsored by the Alliance for Women in
-RFA also won
a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
-And RFA’s e-book on the Tiananmen Square crackdown of 1989 won the top
award for innovative production technology at this year’s AIB International
Media Excellence Awards.
organization posted a full list, including more detailed biographical information
about each journalist.