The Maria Moors Cabot Prizes honor journalistic excellence in the Western Hemisphere. The four winners: Lucas Mendes, Raúl Peñaranda, Simon Romero, Mark Stevenson, and citation recipient, Ernesto Londoño represent a variety of backgrounds and cover different regions of the Americas.
Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger presented gold medals and a $5,000 honorarium to each winner, and a certificate to the citation honoree at the 77th Annual Cabot Prizes Ceremony on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 in Low Library on the university’s Morningside Heights campus.
77th Annual Maria Moors Cabot Prizes Ceremony
New York, NY, August 12, 2015 — Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism announced the 2015 winners of the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes for outstanding reporting on the Americas. They are Lucas Mendes, GloboNews, Brazil; Raúl Peñaranda, Página Siete, Bolivia; Simon Romero, The New York Times, United States; Mark Stevenson, The Associated Press, United States. The Maria Moors Cabot Special Citation is awarded to Ernesto Londoño, The New York Times, United States.
The Cabot Prizes honor journalists who have covered the Western Hemisphere and furthered inter-American understanding through their reporting and editorial work. Godfrey Lowell Cabot of Boston founded the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes as a memorial to his wife in 1938. They are the oldest international journalism awards.
2015 Cabot Medalists
Lucas Mendes, GloboNews, Brazil
A pioneering foreign correspondent for Brazilian print media and television since the late 1960s, Lucas Mendes has built an outstanding and sustained body of work from his adoptive New York that has significantly advanced understanding between the Americas’ two largest nations. For a quarter century, Mendes has been executive editor and host of the influential weekly television magazine program, "Manhattan Connection," on GloboNews, Brazil’s first 24-hour cable television news channel. In 1997, “Manhattan Connection” was the first news outlet in the country to bring to public attention the allegations of corruption at the giant state oil company Petrobras – a revelation with enormous political and economic ramifications that has been front page news in Brazil for the past year and a half.
A gifted writer and editor, Mendes has informed millions and inspired generations of young Brazilians to embrace journalism with substantive news stories, commentary and interviews that mix information, analysis and a healthy sense of humor to illuminate pressing contemporary issues.
Raúl Peñaranda, Página Siete, Bolivia
Simon Romero, The New York Times, United States
Mark Stevenson, Associated Press, United States
Members of the Cabot Prize Board in 2015 are: María Teresa Ronderos, Board Chair, and Director, Open Society Institute’s Program on Independent Journalism; Abi Wright, Executive Director of Professional Prizes, Columbia Journalism School; José de Córdoba, senior special writer for The Wall Street Journal; Juan Enríquez Cabot, chairman and CEO of Biotechonomy, LLC; Carlos Dada, founder of the news website El Faro; John Dinges, the Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism at Columbia University; June Carolyn Erlick, editor-in-chief of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies; Gustavo Gorriti, journalist and founder of IDL Reporteros, a nonprofit, investigative journalism site; Carlos Lauría, Senior Americas Program Coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists; Julia Preston, national correspondent for The New York Times; Paulo Sotero, Director, Brazil Institute, Latin American Program, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Six of the nine members of the Cabot Prize Board received Cabot medals.
2014 Cabot winner Giannina Segnini talks about her career and what the Cabot Prize means to her.
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MaryAnn Talavera, Program Manager, Cabot Prizes
Columbia University Journalism School
New York, NY 10027
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