October 28, 2020

Event Coverage Highlight

OPC Award Winners Share Their Stories: Lowell Thomas Award

Left to right: Karen Duffin, Sebastian Meyer and Gregory Warner

Join the OPC for a discussion on Zoom with winners of this year’s Lowell Thomas Award for best radio, audio, or podcast coverage of international affairs.

RSVPs are required. Links to the Zoom call will be emailed to registrants before the program begins.

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Winners participating in the call include: Gregory Warner, Karen Duffin and Sebastian Meyer of NPR’s Rough Translation podcast for “The Search: Parts 1 and 2.” Ann Cooper, Professor Emerita of the Columbia Journalism School and head judge for this year’s Lowell Thomas jury, is the interviewer.

Judges for the Lowell Thomas Award said:

“Through its intimate telling of the disappearance of Kurdish photojournalist Kamaran Najm, The Search reminds us that wars don’t end when fighting stops. We hear audio of Najm’s dramatic last moments of freedom, as well as a shocking phone call from his ISIS captors. Most powerful, though, are the voices of Kamaran Najm’s family and friends, recorded throughout their years of searching to learn his fate. Their loss is just one in thousands among Kurdish communities occupied by ISIS, but in telling their story with such honesty and openness, Rough Translation has helped us grasp the very human long-term legacy of conflict.”

Check out the winning podcast episodes here:

The Search: Part 1 >>

The Search: Part 2 >>