April 24, 2013
/PRNewswire/ -- 2012 saw key international press coverage originating from
and China. Those two countries dominated the annual awards from the Overseas Press Club, with both the Associated Press and
capturing three prizes each.
dominated the breaking news categories, with reporters and photographers taking home a large number of awards for their coverage of that dangerous conflict. Other stories focused on
's government and state-owned enterprise corruption, as well as corporate espionage.
, anchor of NBC News from 1982 to 2004, will receive the President's Award for lifetime achievement.
, mother of James Foley, who was kidnapped in
last year, will light the candle in memory of journalists who have died in the line of duty in 2012 and in honor of those injured, missing and abducted.
Other news organizations winning awards include
The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,
, CBS News, WGBH, WBEZ, Bloomberg News and Agence France-Presse. Recognizing the changed media landscape, 2012 is the first year that the Overseas Press Club incorporated the online media platform into many of its awards previously designated only for the print medium.
The Los Angeles Times
won the prestigious Hal Boyle Award for best newspaper reporting from abroad for her series "Inside Syria," a vivid and powerful series of reports from inside
range from bomb making lessons to kidnapping and government tactics.
The Robert Capa Gold Medal Award, which honors press photography requiring exceptional courage and enterprise, went to
, whose combat images from
were published by Agence France-Presse.
"Covering the world has never been more dangerous and that is reflected in the stories that were prominent in the awards this year," said OPC President
. "We pay tribute to the men and women at the forefront of covering news around the world."
There were also tales from more remote corners of the world. Especially noteworthy is a combination print, radio and video package by WBEZ and ProPublica that uncovers for the first time details of the military massacre that destroyed a village in
30 years ago.
Detailed information and photographs are posted on the OPC website at
There were 441 entries in this year's competition. The winners: