Columbia Announces 2003 Cabot Prizes


(AP) Four journalists have been honored with the 2003 Maria Moors Cabot Prize for outstanding coverage of the Western Hemisphere, Columbia University announced Tuesday.

The winners are Joao Antonio Barros, special reporter for Jornal O Dia in Brazil; Raul Kraiselburd, editor of El Dia in Argentina; Mac Margolis, special correspondent for Newsweek International; and Michael Reid, Americas editor for The Economist.

A special citation for courage and professionalism was given to the Cuban magazine La Sociedad de Periodistas Manuel Marquez Sterling.

The awards, in their 65th year, are administered by the Graduate School of Journalism. They are presented to reporters and editors who have, “through their coverage, demonstrated commitment to freedom of the press and inter-American understanding,” Columbia said.

Barros was praised for his work investigating police corruption in Rio de Janeiro over the last decade. Kraiselburd’s paper reported on disappearances and other political turmoil despite threats and the killings of his father and son. Margolis has spent 21 years covering Brazil’s culture, politics, and environment, and Reid has covered Latin America for 20 years and guides the group of reporters who cover the region for The Economist.

La Sociedad is a 2-year-old magazine that published two issues before many of its staff were arrested and sentenced to prison in a recent crackdown on dissidents in Cuba.

The awards were founded by Godfrey Lowell Cabot as a memorial to his wife. They will be presented at a ceremony at Columbia on Oct. 9.

Each prize winner receives a Cabot medal, $5,000, and travel expenses to New York for the presentation ceremony. The winners’ news organizations receive bronze plaques.

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