21 The Flora Lewis Award 2018

Best commentary in any medium on international news

AWARD DATE: 2018

AWARD NAME: 22 The Flora Lewis Award

AWARD RECIPIENT: Trudy Rubin

AWARD RECIPIENT AFFILIATION: The Philadelphia Inquirer

AWARD HONORED WORK: “Stress test for Democracies: Populism, Autocrats, China and Trump”

AWARD SPONSOR: Robert Serio

Trudy Rubin had a splendid year, the latest in a run that deserves a lifetime achievement award. (And the Inquirer should get one for keeping a first-rate foreign affairs columnist on the staff when so many dailies have retrenched.) Rubin writes in clear, plain English informed by a career of travel, deep curiosity and calm analysis. In 2018 she was an excellent guide to the rising tide of populism and the lurches of the America-first president. As one juror put it, “Anyone who reads her regularly cannot help but have a clear and thoughtful understanding of the wider world.”

1. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/italy-election-matteo-renzi-silvio-berlusconi-five-star-movement-opinion-20180307.html
2. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/trump-putin-xi-jinping-rodrigo-duterte-viktor-orban-autocrats-opinion-20180330.html
3. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/trump-fake-news-kremlin-putin-russia-2016-election-20180530.html
4. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/trump-north-korea-kim-jong-un-denuclearization-putin-xi-jinping-summit-20180615.html
5. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/immigration-trump-ice-deportation-legal-20180919.html
6. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/made-in-china-2025-technology-artificial-intelligence-automation-20181026.html
7. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/u-s-china-conflict-trump-new-cold-war-20181116.html
8. http://www.philly.com/philly/columnists/trudy_rubin/g20-argentina-trump-mbs-mohammed-bin-salman-saudi-crown-prince-torture-women-20181130.html
9. http://www.philly.com/columnists/marc-lamont-hill-israel-un-comments-temple-cnn-20181205.html
10. http://www.philly.com/columnists/brexit-theresa-may-russia-second-referendum-youth-remain-20181214.html
11. http://www.philly.com/news/columnists/kurds-trump-turkey-syria-massacre-20181226.html
12. http://www.philly.com/opinion/trump-mattis-syria-putin-erdogan-nato-xijinping-20181228.html

(No Citation for Excellence)