CNN’s senior international correspondent Arwa Damon has been named a recipient of the 2014 Courage in Journalism Award. by the International Women’s Media Foundation. Damon, who started at CNN in 2004 as a freelance producer in the network’s Baghdad bureau, is being honored for her “persistence, strength, and focus” in her war reporting.
“As a journalist working for an international news network like CNN, the gender bias has largely been broken. Such is not the case for others – both men and women – in the field who have to chart their own course while facing threats at home without the protection of a major news network,” said Damon.
Other recipients also include Brankica Stanković a Serbian TV reporter and Solange Lusiku Nsimire editor-in-chief of a publication in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Damon’s reporting has taken her to Syria, Libya, South Sudan, Congo, Egypt, Kenya and most recently Ukraine’s Donetsk region. She has won a number of awards including the IRE Medal award for her reporting on the U.S. Consulate attack in Benghazi.
The awards ceremony takes place October 22 in New York.