Annual awards honoring journalism that contributes to Inter-American understanding

Current Winners

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Jon Lee Anderson

USA, Freelance Writer

Jon Lee Anderson has been a foreign correspondent for over twenty years. His work has appeared in Time, Harper’s, The New York Times, and other periodicals. For The New Yorker, he has written profiles of General Pinochet, Gabriel García Márquez, and Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, as well as reporting from Angola, Cuba, Panama, Liberia, Iraq, and the Basque country in northern Spain. He is the author of Che Guevara: A Revolutionary Life and Guerrillas: Stories from the Insurgent World. He received a Citation for Excellence from the Overseas Press Club of America for the pieces collected in The Lion’s Grave.

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Donna De Cesare

USA, Documentary Photographer and Freelance Writer

Donna DeCesare is an author, freelance documentary photographer and educator known for her groundbreaking coverage of the spread of US gangs in Central America. Her photographs and testimonies from children in Guatemala and Colombia who are former child soldiers, survivors of abuse or the stigma of HIV have assisted UNICEF in developing protocols for photographing children at risk.

Among Ms. De Cesare’s recognitions are awards for her coverage of Latin America from Pictures of the Year, the National Press Photographers Association, and the Mother Jones Fund for Social Documentary Photography as well as fellowships from the Alicia Patterson Foundation, Open Society Foundations and the Fulbright Foundation. Her work is exhibited internationally. In 2011 with support of an Open Society Foundations grant she was able to donate a collection of her photographs to the Journalism Dept. at the Central American University in El Salvador. Her newly published book Unsettled / Desasosiego: Children in a World of Gangs is both a memoir and a visual history of her experiences in Central America and Los Angeles.

Donna De Cesare is a consultant to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, and an Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

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Mauri König

Brazil, Special Reporter, Gazeta de Povo

Mauri König, 47, is graduated in Portuguese and Journalism and post-graduated in Literary Journalism. He started his career in 1990 working as a correspondent of O Estado de São Paulo on the Triple Frontier (Brazil-Paraguay-Argentina border). He then became reporter for several daily papers, such as Gazeta Mercantil, O Estado do Paraná and Folha de Londrina. Currently, he’s Gazeta do Povo’s special reporter. He is also the director of the Brazilian Investigative Journalism Association.

König has been awarded with 26 journalism awards, some of them the most important in Brazil, such as Esso, Embratel, and Vladimir Herzog prizes. In 2001, he was awarded with the Inter American Press Association Human Rights Prize. König won twice the Lorenzo Natali Prize (2002 and 2008). He was given, in 2012, the International Freedom of Press Award by the Comittee to Protect Journalists. In 2008, he published “Narrativas de um correspondente de rua,” a finalist book running for the Jabuti Prize, the most traditional prize in the Brazilian Literature.

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Alejandro Santos Rubino

Colombia, Director, Revista Semana

Alejandro Santos Rubino has been the editor of Semana for over ten years. He has an exemplary journalistic career of over 20 years in the coverage of Colombia’s most critical issues, such as the armed conflict, drug trafficking, and abuse of political power. This outstanding track record has garnered over 14 national and international awards, with universal stories that reflect large investigations against the excesses of power, the barbarity of war, and oversight of the actions of the State and interest groups. He has also led projects ranging from reconstruction of people beaten by paramilitary slaughter the worst in the history of Colombia, to the recognition of the best mayors and governors of Colombia, and the murders of journalists for doing their job.