Winners of the 2013 Maria Moors Cabot Prize announced
September 06, 2013
The Columbia Journalism School today announced the 2013 winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes for outstanding reporting on Latin America and the Caribbean. The 2013 gold medalists are Jon Lee Anderson, Donna De Cesare, Mauri König and Alejandro Santos Rubino. The recipients hail from the United States, Colombia, and Brazil, with work ranging across various platforms. Cuban blogger Yoani Sanchez will accept the citation originally awarded to her in 2009 after the Cuban government had barred her from traveling to New York in 2009.
“I don't think we could have picked a better group of winners this year. They make us proud, especially as we mark the 75th anniversary” said Steve Coll, Dean of the Journalism School.
Columbia President Lee C. Bollinger will present medals and $5,000 honoraria to each winner and plaques to their employers at a gala ceremony on Monday, October, 21, at Low Library on the University’s Morningside Heights campus. In addition to the gala, the 75th anniversary will also be marked by a two-day conference titled, Press Freedom, Press Standards and Democracy in Latin America.
2013 Cabot Medalists:
Jon Lee Anderson, USA, The New Yorker
Anderson’s work has ranged far and wide over the years. Just a few examples—covering the 2010 Haitian earthquake and its aftermath; creating penetrating profiles of a Brazilian drug lord and Hugo Chavez and his effect on Venezuela; breaking new ground in a biography of Argentine guerrilla Ernesto Che Guevara. He has helped train a generation of journalists covering the Americas with frequent teaching appearances at the Fundación de Nuevo Periodismo Iberoamericano founded by Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
Donna De Cesare, USA, Documentary Photographer and Freelance Writer
A photojournalist who has worked in the Americas for more than three decades. Her images weave the stories of today's violence in Central America and beyond with the region's history. De Cesare's work appears in traditional publications and on the web in her compelling bilingual website Destiny’s Children, and this year published a book, “Unsettled/Desasosiego,” that was described by The New York Times as “a look back on lives that were lost, and some who triumphed, during her many years in the region."
A professor in the School of Journalism, College of Communications at the University of Texas, Austin, she plays a significant role in developing tools for journalists at the Dart Center on Journalism and Trauma at Columbia Journalism School.
Mauri König, Brazil, Special Reporter, Gazeta do Povo
For more than two decades, Brazilian investigative reporter Mauri König has braved threats and beatings to expose human rights abuses, sex trafficking and corruption. Among his investigative projects was a multi-year series for Gazeta do Povo of Curitiba, where he has worked since 2002. König’s 2006-2007 series uncovered sex trafficking of children and adolescents all along the Brazilian border and led to the arrest of a key trafficker.
Last May 2012, he received serious death threats after an investigative series on police corruption in the state of Paraná. After a follow-up story last December, he was warned of a plot to kill him and shoot up his house. König went into hiding with his family and returned to Brazil several weeks later.
Alejandro Santos Rubino, Colombia, Director/Editor-in-Chief, Revista Semana
After six years at El Tiempo, a paper his family has owned for generations, Alejandro Santos Rubino became a columnist at Semana, Colombia’s main newsmagazine. Before he turned 30, he had become Semana’s editor in chief. He has used this post to improve Colombian journalism civil society and Interamerican understanding.
He oversaw the magazine exposing past President Alvaro Uribe’s illegal spying on journalists, judges and politicians-- and revealing links between politicians and paramilitary leaders.