06 The Lowell Thomas Award 2018

(Top, left to right) Larissa Anderson, Rukmini Callimachi, (bottom, left to right) Wendy Dorr and Andy Mills.

Best radio, audio or podcast coverage of international affairs

AWARD DATE: 2018

AWARD NAME: The Lowell Thomas Award 2018

AWARD RECIPIENT: Rukmini Callimachi, Andy Mills, Larissa Anderson and Wendy Dorr

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The New York Times

AWARD HONORED WORK: “Caliphate”

AWARD SPONSOR: Deborah Amos

Impressive in scope, depth, and rigor, Caliphate uses an effective mix of access, story arc and analysis to tell a nuanced and complex story about ISIS: how it recruits, how it functions, how and why it could draw a young middle-class Canadian guy to travel to Syria to join the effort to create an Islamic Caliphate, and what impact it continues to have, including in the hearts and minds of those who return home. This podcast series also demystifies the reporting process, transparently showing how reporter Rukmini Callimachi and producer Andy Mills question how they know what they know, who and what they can trust, what more they need to learn and question, and what can still surprise them. This transparency was not only engaging, it earned the listener’s trust.

Citation for Excellence recipient: Amy Martin
Affiliation: “Threshold,” with support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Honored Work: “’Threshold’ Season Two: Cold Comfort”

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