NYT Wins Six Overseas Press Club Awards

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The Gray Lady will be the big winner at the 69th annual Overseas Press Club ceremony tonight at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York. The New York Times will receive six of the 21 awards, the most any single organization’s won in one year. Getty Images will take home three of the four photography awards.

Ann Curry will host the ceremony, while The Wall Street Journal‘s former managing editor (no, not that one) Paul Steiger will serve as the featured speaker, presumably sans pie to the face.

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The New York Times Wins an Unprecedented Six of 21 Top Honors at the 69th Overseas Press Club Awards; Getty Images dominates the photography category; James Nachtwey receives the OPC President’s Award

NEW YORK, April 24, 2008 — The New York Times captured six of the 21 awards given by the Overseas Press Club in its 69th annual competition honoring the finest international journalism. This total is the most any single organization has won in the annual awards from the OPC. Getty Images dominated the photography category, earning three of the four awards given.

The OPC awards will be presented by NBC News Anchor/Correspondent Ann Curry at an April 24 dinner at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York. Photojournalist, James Nachtwey will be on hand to accept the President’s Award. Nachtwey has won five Robert Capa Gold Medal Awards from the OPC over the years for his photographic reporting requiring exceptional courage and enterprise. That total is more than any other photographer in the history of the Capa Award, which was instituted in 1955.

Featured speaker for the event will be Paul Steiger, the former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and now editor-in-chief and president of ProPublica. Iraqi journalist Ali Fadhil will light the Press Freedom Candle that honors all journalists killed during 2007.

“Selected from across the media and news organizations, the 21 OPC winners are an inspiration,” said OPC President Marshall Loeb. “Their stories and images exemplify the courage, persistence, and creativity of the journalism profession that so generously serves the public.”

This year, The New York Times six award wins bests its own previous record of three wins set in 2005. In 2007, The New York Times earned the Malcolm Forbes Award for best business reporting from abroad in newspapers or wire services; the Madeline Dane Ross Award for best international reporting in the print medium showing a concern for the human condition; the Whitman Bassow Award for best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues; the Website Award for best web coverage of international affairs; and the Joe and Laurie Dine Award for best international reporting in any medium dealing with human rights. The New York Times Magazine also won the Ed Cunningham Award for best magazine reporting from abroad.

The other multiple winner was Getty Images that claimed three of the four awards in the photography category. John Moore won for best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise for “The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto.” The award for best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers and wire services went to

Paula Bronstein of Getty for “Death in Karachi.” The Feature Photography Award also went to Getty photographer Brent Stirton, shooting for Newsweek, for his work “Slaughter in the Jungle.”

Coverage on the War in Iraq remained the topic of multiple winners, and other winning entries centered on the themes of growth in China and India, genocide, counterfeit drugs, child brides, and the suicide bombing attack that killed Benazir Bhutto. Winning reports came in from Afghanistan, China, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, India, Iraq, Pakistan, Russia, Sudan and Venezuela among others countries.

The OPC Awards were founded in 1940 to recognize excellence for foreign coverage in the categories of print, broadcast, photography and the web. The winners include:

Newspaper and wire sources

THE HAL BOYLE AWARD

Best newspaper or wire service reporting from abroad

STEVE FAINARU, The Washington Post, “The Private Armies of Iraq”

THE BOB CONSIDINE AWARD

Best newspaper or wire service interpretation of international affairs

PAUL BECKETT, ERIC BELLMAN, KRISHNA POKHAREL,YAROSLAV TROFIMOV, PETER WONACOTT, The Wall Street Journal, “India’s Great Leap Upward”

THE MALCOLM FORBES AWARD

Best business reporting from abroad in newspapers or wire services

WALT BOGDANICH, JAKE HOOKER, ANDREW LEHREN, BRENT McDONALD, ROBERT HARRIS, The New York Times, “A Toxic Pipeline”

THE MADELINE DANE ROSS AWARD

Best international reporting in the print medium showing a concern for the human condition

LYDIA POLGREEN, The New York Times, “New Questions, New Answers in Africa”

THE WHITMAN BASSOW AWARD

Best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues

DAVID BARBOZA, KEITH BRADSHER, HOWARD FRENCH, JOSEPH KAHN, MARK LANDLER, JIM YARDLEY, JIMMY WANG,

The New York Times, “Choking on Growth”

THE ROBERT SPIERS BENJAMIN AWARD

Best reporting in any medium on Latin America

THE MIAMI HERALD STAFF, The Miami Herald,

“Coverage of the Venezuelan Referendum”

THE JOE and LAURIE DINE AWARD

Best international reporting in any medium dealing with human rights

JEFFREY GETTLEMAN, COURTENAY MORRIS, SHAYLA HARRIS, ADAM ELLICK, The New York Times, “Ethiopia’s Hidden War”

Cartoons

THE THOMAS NAST AWARD

Best cartoons on international affairs
CLAY BENNETT, The Christian Science Monitor

Photography

THE ROBERT CAPA GOLD MEDAL AWARD

Best published photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise

JOHN MOORE, Getty Images, “The Assassination of Benazir Bhutto”

THE OLIVIER REBBOT AWARD

Best photographic reporting from abroad in magazines and books

CEDRIC GERBEHAYE, Agence Vu — Newsweek, “Congo in Limbo”

THE JOHN FABER AWARD

Best photographic reporting from abroad in newspapers or wire services

PAULA BRONSTEIN, Getty Images, “Death in Karachi”

FEATURE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

Best feature photography published in any medium on an international theme

BRENT STIRTON, Getty Images for Newsweek, “Slaughter in the Jungle”

Radio and television

THE LOWELL THOMAS AWARD

Best radio news or interpretation of international affairs

Mary Kay Magistad , Jennifer Goren, Traci Tong, PRI’s The World,

“Young China”

THE DAVID KAPLAN AWARD

Best TV spot news reporting from abroad

TIM HETHERINGTON, SEBASTIAN JUNGER, BRIAN ROSS, STEVEN BAKER, MADELEINE SAUER, KAREN BRENNER, ABC News — Nightline,

“The Other War”

THE EDWARD R. MURROW AWARD

Best TV interpretation or documentary on international affairs

Maria Hinojosa, Amy Bucher, Sirin Aysan, Mary Olive Smith,

Virginie Danglades, Lesley Norman, NOW on PBS,

“Child Brides: Stolen Lives”

THE CARL SPIELVOGEL AWARD

Best international reporting in the broadcast media showing a concern for the human condition

NEIL DOCHERTY, LISA ELLENWOOD, DAVID FANNING, MICHAEL SULLIVAN,

WGBH-Boston / Frontline in co-production with CBC Documentary Unit,

“On Our Watch”

THE ARTYOM BOROVIK AWARD

For outstanding reporting by a Russian journalist who displays courage,

insight, and independence of thought

ALEKSEI VENEDIKTOV,

Ekho Moskvi, “Radio Reports on Politics and Culture”

WEBSITE AWARD

Best web coverage of international affairs

DAMIEN CAVE, DIANA OLIVA CAVE, BAGHDAD BUREAU and VIDEO, GRAPHICS and MULTIMEDIA STAFF, The New York Times

“Assessing the Surge: A Survey of Baghdad Neighborhoods”

Magazines and books

THE ED CUNNINGHAM AWARD

Best magazine reporting from abroad

ANDREA ELLIOTT,

The New York Times Magazine, “Where Boys Grow Up To Be Jihadis”

THE MORTON FRANK AWARD

Best business reporting from abroad in magazines

PETER HESSLER, MARK LEONG, OLIVER PAYNE, ELIZABETH KRIST, DAVID WHITMORE, CHRIS JOHNS,

National Geographic, “China’s Instant Cities”

THE CORNELIUS RYAN AWARD

Best nonfiction book on international affairs

BOB DROGIN, Random House,

“Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War”

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