Virtual Event Program

The 2020 Courage in Journalism Awards took place on December 1, 2020.

Watch the recorded ceremony below and scroll through the program to meet this year’s incredible awardees.

Celebrating 30 Years of Courage

Since 1990, the Courage in Journalism Awards have shown the world that women journalists will not step aside, cannot be silenced, and deserve to be recognized for their strength amidst adversity. The awards honor the brave journalists who report on taboo topics, work in environments hostile to women, and share difficult truths.

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Hosted by Christiane Amanpour

This year’s ceremony was hosted by award-winning journalist Christiane Amanpour. A 1994 Courage in Journalism awardee herself, Christiane has been breaking barriers for women journalists for more than three decades.

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Honoring Jessikka Aro

Finnish journalist Jessikka Aro is one of the world’s foremost journalists investigating Russian trolls and the influence of pro-Kremlin social media tactics outside Russia’s borders. Despite enduring incessant attacks and sexual harassment, Jessikka persisted to bring light to one of the biggest stories of our time.

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Acceptance Speech: Jessikka Aro

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Live in Conversation: Gwen Ifill Award Winner Yamiche Alcindor

2020 Gwen Ifill Award Winner Yamiche Alcindor will join host Christiane Amanpour in conversation about this critical moment for politics and racial justice in the U.S. Each year, the Gwen Ifill Award honors a remarkable woman journalist of color whose work embodies Ifill’s legacy of supporting and uplifting women of color in news media. As White House Correspondent for PBS NewsHour, Yamiche has built a reputation as a reporter who will always get her question in, challenging the narrative of how Black women should report and breaking barriers for the young women following in her footsteps.

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Honoring Yakeen Bido

Yakeen Bido broadcasts from one of the most dangerous environments on earth – Idleb (Idlib), Syria. She’s the first woman to appear on-camera from the city, bringing the world to bear witness to the price of war on those most vulnerable.

Thank you to our partner, Freedom Forum!

The Freedom Forum’s Power Shift Project

The Freedom Forum’s Power Shift Project is honored to support IWMF and the brave women journalists who navigate danger zones abroad and who shatter glass ceilings in the newsroom.

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Acceptance Speech: Yakeen Bido

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Leadership Honoree Susan Goldberg

Veteran journalist and Editor-in-Chief of National Geographic Susan Goldberg is the recipient of the IWMF’s 2020 Leadership Award. One of the most prominent women in media, Susan has used her career to lift up fellow women journalists and lead the way for others to follow in her footsteps.

Honoring Gulchehra Hoja

Having lost everything except for her life, Gulchehra Hoja reports on Uighur detention camps in China. Her entire family faces constant government surveillance, harassment and have endured numerous detentions. Still, Gulchehra works against the odds to bring their stories to light.

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Acceptance Speech: Gulchehra Hoja

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Honoring Imprisoned Journalist Solafa Magdy

Every year, the IWMF honors a woman journalist who has been imprisoned, simply for doing her job. Egyptian journalist Solafa Magdy was arrested in November 2019 for her reporting on immigration and human rights in Cairo. She has been held in pretrial detention ever since, facing excruciating conditions and denied outside contact for months at a time. Magdy has twice appeared on the One Free Press Coalition’s 10 Most Urgent Press Freedom Cases.

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