Journalists from The New York Times awarded the 2023 James Foley Medill Medal for Courage

Their investigation exposed Colombian political leaders who were profiting from a massive people-moving enterprise through the Darién Gap.


Julie Turkewitz and Federico Rios of The New York Times have been awarded the 2023 James Foley Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for their exclusive coverage of migration through the Darién Gap, a 66-mile stretch of densely forested jungle across northern Colombia and southern Panama. The award is given by the Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University. This year’s award is for articles published in 2023. 

Their investigative journalism exposed how political leaders in Colombia were profiting immensely from a massive people-moving enterprise through the jungle, despite a pledge by the Colombian government to halt the flow of people. Turkewitz and Rios detailed the expansion of this operation, which is regulated by one of the country’s most powerful armed groups.  

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