Journalism School Announces 2010 Cabot Prize Winners for Latin America and Caribbean Reporting

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The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has announced the 2010 winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. The oldest international award in journalism, now in its 72nd year, the Cabot Prize honors journalists who have covered the Western Hemisphere and, through their reporting and editorial work, have furthered inter-American understanding.
The 2010 gold medalists are freelance reporter Tyler Bridges; Carlos Fernando Chamorro, director of Esta Noche and Confidencial; Norman Gall, founder and editor of Braudel Papers; and Joaquim Ibarz, blogger and correspondent for La Vanguardia. Special Citations are awarded to Haiti’s Signal FM radio station, and to CNN and the program Anderson Cooper 360º for coverage of January’s earthquake in Haiti.
“For seven decades, Columbia University has proudly awarded Maria Moors Cabot Prizes as recognition of the best journalists covering the Americas,” said Nicholas Lemann, dean of the Journalism School. “This year’s recipients exemplify that tradition. I thank them for their efforts to help us better understand the Americas.”
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger will present the Cabot Prize gold medals and honoraria to Bridges, Chamorro, Gall and Ibarz at a dinner and ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 28, on Columbia’s Morningside Heights campus. Mario Viau, managing director of Signal FM, and CNN’s Cooper will accept the citations.
The 2010 award winners are:
Tyler Bridges
Tyler Bridges, freelancer
Tyler Bridges is one of the foremost reporters and interpreters of Latin America for readers in the United States. Reflecting his commitment to the region, Bridges remained in Lima with his family to continue covering his beat as a freelancer after the The Miami Herald yielded to budget pressures and eliminated his full-time position. He has served as a prize-winning reporter for the The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, a member of two Pulitzer Prize winning teams at The Miami Herald and continues to serve as a Latin American correspondent for The Herald and McClatchy Newspapers.


Carlos Fernando Chamorro
Carlos Fernando Chamorro, director, Esta Noche and Confidencial
As TV director of Esta Semana and Esta Noche and editor of the newsweekly, Confidencial, Carlos Fernando Chamorro has established a reputation as Nicaragua’s leading journalist. After the Sandinista National Liberation Front took over Nicaragua in 1979, a young and zealous Chamorro became the editor of the party’s official newspaper, Barricada. But he eventually broke with the doctrinaire Sandinistas. And since the Sandinistas came back to power four years ago, Chamorro has been a keen watchdog, exposing government cronyism and fraud by his former political allies—enduring government persecution, but maintaining his independence.


Norman Gall
Norman Gall, founder and editor, Braudel Papers
Norman Gall has been reporting on the Americas for half a century. He covered the devastation of the Amazon in the 1970s, the vulnerabilities of Mexico’s Institutional Revolutionary Party regime in the 1980s and, more recently, the institutional weaknesses revealed in Brazil by a major corruption scandal that shook President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s government in 2005. In the last decade, Gall has bridged the worlds of journalism and scholarship as the founder and creator of the São Paulo-based Fernand Braudel Instituto de Economia Mundial, where he writes and publishes in-depth reports in English, Portuguese and Spanish.


Joaquim Ibarz
Joaquim Ibarz, correspondent and blogger, La Vanguardia
Joaquim Ibarz has been the Mexico City-based correspondent for Barcelona’s La Vanguardia newspaper since 1982. He also writes a blog, Diario de América Latina, that is a must-read for the regionjournalists and opinion makers. Approaching his job with the enthusiasm of a cub reporter, Ibarz once roamed the streets of Caracas for a lead until he stumbled on a slowly deflating, two-story balloon in the shape of Hugo Chavez in front of Venezuala's presidential palace. From Peru to Colombia to Cuba, Ibarz has asked uncomfortable questions and demanded difficult answers of those in power, regardless of political fashion or persuasion.


Signal FM Radio Station
Signal FM Radio Station, Haiti
The massive earthquake of Jan. 12 silenced virtually all of the TV, newspapers and 50 radio stations in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. But miraculously, private radio station Signal FM’s transmitter kept functioning. An hour after the earth shook, Signal managing director Mario Viau and four employees overcame their fears, entered the station’s creaking building and took up their microphones. In the following days, Signal FM conveyed advice and information from rescue workers, aid workers, health experts and engineers, relaying locations where people needed help and linking relatives with missing loved ones.


Anderson Cooper
CNN and Anderson Cooper 360º
CNN’s coverage of the earthquake in Haiti helped people around the world understand and respond to the dimensions of Haiti’s humanitarian needs. Beyond its around-the-clock coverage, CNN co-presented a telethon that raised $58 million for Haiti relief. While CNN's reporters displayed courage and sensitivity, Anderson Cooper set the tone with the extraordinarily calm, compassionate and professional way he anchored his nightly show, Anderson Cooper 360º, showing great cultural understanding and respect for the patience and dignity of the Haitian people.


The Cabot Prizes are administered by the Columbia Journalism School under the guidance of Josh Friedman, director of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes, and Lisa Sara Redd, program manager of professional prizes. The recommendations are made with the advice and approval of the Cabot Prize Board and are approved by the University’s Board of Trustees.

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