Personal Award: Christiane Amanpour
The true mark of broadcast journalists is not their recognizability and familiarity among the public, or their ability to command seven-figure salaries. The test is whether they are willing to subsume personal goals and take the professional risks necessary to bring important facts to light. By this standard, CNN correspondent Christiane Amanpour represents the best of the profession. She is a heroic reporter whose balance and courageous coverage in recent years has brought the impact of numerous world crises to a global audience. Often at great personal risk, she has stayed on the scene, filing reports from areas of strife including Bosnia and Somalia. As CNN expands its audience and international impact, viewers around the world have come to rely on Ms. Amanpour for the facts. Her reports are marked by insight, objectivity, and a reluctance to make herself the center of the story. For embodying the best attributes of the broadcast journalist, a personal Peabody to Christiane Amanpour.