Payvand.com - Iranian-American Farnaz Fassihi has won four prestigious journalism awards for her courageous reporting on Iran in the aftermath of the 2009 June presidential elections: "Under great personal danger, Farnaz Fassihi, a native Iranian, captured compelling stories about Iranian resistance and the attempts to silence it."
Farnaz Fassihi is the deputy bureau chief for the Middle East and Africa for the Wall Street Journal, now based in Beirut, Lebanon. She joined the Journal in January 2003 and was immediately sent to Iraq. Her family is Iranian-American; she has degrees in English from Tehran University and in journalism from Columbia University. Prior to joining the Journal, she was a roving foreign correspondent for the Star-Ledger of Newark, N.J., and a reporter for the Providence Journal.
Fassihi is the
author of Waiting
for an Ordinary Day The Unraveling of Life in Iraq
2010 ROBERT F. KENNEDY JOURNALISM AWARDS -- Best international reporting on issues on human rights and justice
International Print Winner: "Hearts, Mind, and Blood: The Battle for Iran," Farnaz Fassihi, The Wall Street Journal: Under great personal danger, Farnaz Fassihi, a native Iranian, captured compelling stories about Iranian resistance and the attempts to silence it. Her series features chilling personal tales from both sides of the issue and has drawn intense reaction among members of the U.S. Congress, academics from around the globe, and members of the Iranian diaspora.
Overseas Press Club's prestigious Hal Boyle Award -- Best international reporting in print
Farnaz Fassihi of the Wall Street Journal was named the winner of the Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper reporting from abroad for "Hearts, Minds and Blood: The Battle for Iran." The judging committee noted her "courageous reporting under tremendous pressure that gave an inside view of the unfolding drama in Iran."
Farnaz Fassihi receives the Hal Boyle Award
photo by opcofamerica
Two finalists were also selected for the award: The Wall Street Journal for "Hearts, Minds and Blood: The Battle for Iran," a collection of reports by Farnaz Fassihi that examine the harsh government crackdown on protesters in Iran, and The News & Observer in Raleigh, N.C., for "Executive Privilege: The Perks of Power," a series led by investigative reporter J. Andrew Curliss about the legal and ethical problems surrounding former North Carolina Gov. Mike Easley and his associates at N.C. State University.
The Wall Street Journal for
"Hearts, Minds and Blood: The Battle for Iran"
In this series of articles, reporter Farnaz Fassihi covered the violent government crackdown on protestors in Iran following the country's presidential election last June. As the Journal's Senior Deputy Managing Editor Michael Miller wrote in his nomination letter, "At great personal risk to herself and her family in Iran, Ms. Fassihi provided readers of The Wall Street Journal with the most authoritative, compelling and insightful coverage of the Iranian resistance and the attempts to quash it." He added, "Her achievement is all the more extraordinary given the paranoia of the Iranian regime and its hostility toward her personally." Fassihi was assisted in her reporting by editors Jesse Pesta and Chip Cummins, Deputy Managing Editor Michael Williams and Steve Stecklow, senior special writer.
Judge Anita Snow noted that Fassihi's stories "demonstrate a level of sophistication and fairness uncommon in international reportage during violent times. In Iran's politically charged environment around last year's national elections, it would have been easy for the reporter to fall into facile stereotypes about the protesters and the anti-government supporters who persecuted them. Instead, Fassihi analyzes and shows readers many different faces of Iranian society...This is extraordinary international reportage, delivered in a compelling way through three-dimensional people."
Judge Monica Campbell added, "Because she pursued less accessible voices, namely the pro-government henchman, while also providing nuanced coverage of more behind-the-scenes protesters, I consider Farnaz Fassihi's reporting from Iran in 2009 worthy of the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Newspapers. Besides her rich and clear writing, it is clear that Fassihi acknowledges the importance of having sources from many sides."
Fassihi, the Wall Street Journal's deputy bureau
chief in the Middle East and Africa, was nominated by Senior Deputy Managing
Editor Michael Miller for reportage in Iran, specifically for "her skill in
navigating an emotionally charged news environment" and illuminating the complex
situation there-even as her work put her personally at risk. The Payne Judges
applauded Fassihi for her "thorough, fair, honest and courageous reporting in
producing a body of work that puts a human face on the crisis in Iran."
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