‘New York Times’ Rohde Wins Michael Kelly Award

By: E&P Staff

The New York Times’ David Rohde has won the 7th annual Michael Kelly Award.

Rohde was cited for his five-part series in the Times describing how he and two Afghan colleagues were kidnapped by the Taliban outside Kabul and held for seven months before he and one of his colleagues escaped on foot to a Pakistani military base.

Rohde, who said he didn?t wish to come off as a false hero, wrote about his captivity to put a human face on the terrorists who repeatedly threatened to behead him and to provide insights into what he termed a “Taliban mini-state” in the tribal areas of Pakistan.

The $25,000 award celebrates the pursuit and expression of truth in journalism and was created in honor of Michael Kelly, once the editor of two Atlantic Media publications — The Atlantic and National Journal — and was killed while covering the war in Iraq in 2003.

Other finalists for the award were Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian for the Los Angeles Times; Sheri Fink of ProPublica; and The New York Times? Jeffrey Gettleman.

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