Columbia Journalism School


Richard Engel, NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, Receives the 2013 John Chancellor Award

September 24, 2013


Richard Engel, one of America’s leading foreign correspondents, is the recipient of the 2013 John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced today. Engel, who is Chief Foreign Correspondent for NBC News since 2008, was selected in recognition of his courage under fire and reporting throughout his career that reflects a deep understanding of the Arab world.

“From the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to the Arab Spring and the West Bank, Richard Engel’s courage and integrity inform his reporting,” said Steve Coll, Dean of the Journalism School. “Engel’s work continues to be an example of the best of journalism. He embodies the spirit of the John Chancellor Award.”

As NBC News chief foreign correspondent, Engel's courageous frontline reporting has ranged from the tumultuous events of the 2011 Arab Spring, including the revolutions that toppled governments from Tunisia to Egypt and Libya, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the ongoing unrest in the Middle East. In December 2012, Engel and his team were kidnapped in Syria by militia and held for five days before being freed from their captors.

The John Chancellor Award is presented each year to a reporter for his or her cumulative accomplishments, honoring the legacy of pioneering television correspondent and longtime NBC News anchor John Chancellor. A nine-member committee will present Engel with the $25,000 prize at a dinner in Columbia University’s Low Library in New York on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013.


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