Voice of America journalists won a first place award in this year’s Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association contest. CAPBA announced the awards at its annual ceremony in Ocean City, Md., on June 5.
VOA News Center’s Lynn Davis, Marcus Harton and Carolyn Presutti won first place in the Outstanding Serious Feature large market category for "The GPS Man Trapped in Afghanistan," about two former interpreters of the U.S. forces in Afghanistan left behind after the Taliban takeover of the country.
“The amount of reporting required for this piece -- across the globe -- made it stand out among 30 amazing pieces,” commented the contest judges about the exclusive TV package. “The detail taken to protect the lives of those still in Afghanistan is both important and harrowing.”
The same VOA report also placed in the group of five finalists considered for the Best of Show award.
“Congratulations to our winners,” said Acting VOA Director Yolanda López. “It is very gratifying that VOA’s in-depth reporting is recognized once again by CAPBA. The award-winning report represents a fine example of VOA’s journalism from every global hotspot.”
The annual CAPBA journalism contest is open to journalists in Washington D.C., Maryland, and Delaware who work for AP member stations. Voice of America maintains licensing agreements with AP and other providers for content used in VOA’s programming intended for its global audience.