Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Sharmeen Obaid honored with Livingstone Award

Yesterday, the winners of the Livingston Awards were announced in New York and Sharmeen Obaid was a winner for International Reporting. She is the first non-American (and first Pakistani) to win the award.

Congratulations, Sharmeen!

New York, June 14. -- Ken Auletta of the The New Yorker, Tom Brokaw of NBC
News, and Ellen Goodman of The Boston Globe announced the winners of the
$10,000 Livingston Awards in local, national and international reporting.
The prizes are limited to journalists under the age of 35, and are the
largest all-media, general-reporting prizes in the country.
Additionally, Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune presented a $5,000 award
named for Richard M. Clurman, the distinguished Time, Inc. journalist, and
given to senior professionals who are superb on-the-job mentors.
Winners for 2004 work are:
Local reporting. Pauline Arrillaga, 34, of The Associated Press, for "Doors
to Death", about the illegal smuggling of human beings, and a deadly
tractor-trailer run in Texas.
National reporting. Reese Dunklin, 31, of The Dallas Morning News, for
"Runaway Priests: Hiding in Plain Sight", a series about priests who leave
allegations and charges of sexual abuse, for new parishes in other
International reporting. Sharmeen Obaid, 27, of Discovery Times Channel, for
"Reinventing the Taliban", about the MMA, a fundamentalist group similar to
the Taliban, who are gaining control in the government and among the
citizens of her native country of Pakistan.
The Clurman Award for Mentoring went to John Seigenthaler, Founder of the
First Amendment Center at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, and founding
editorial director of USA Today. Mr. Seigenthaler was also a journalist and
editor for The (Nashville) Tennessean, where he retains the title of editor
emeritus, and was chief negotiator with the governor of Alabama during the
Freedom Rides.
Auletta, Brokaw, Goodman and Page are joined on the Livingston judging panel
by Jill Abramson of The New York Times; Christiane Amanpour of CNN; Charles
Gibson of ABC News and Osborn Elliott, former editor of Newsweek. The
program is directed by Professor Charles R. Eisendrath at the University of

CONTACT: Julaine LeDuc, 734-998-7575

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