The David Kaplan Award 2011

In addition to her courageous reporting in the face of danger, Christiane Amanpour distinguished her coverage of the revolts by obtaining two timely and revealing interviews: in Egypt with President Hosni Mubarak and in Libya with Colonel Moammar Gadhafi. She was the only journalist to talk to these doomed leaders as their regimes were being torn apart. Because Amanpour has been covering the Middle East for two decades, her depth of understanding of the region enabled her to truly capture these historic times in her compelling reports — both as a witness and especially as an interviewer.