Susan Goldberg, the editor-in-chief of National Geographic and editorial director of National Geographic Partners, will be the Leadership Honoree at the 30th annual Courage in Journalism Awards on December 1. The awards are given by the International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) to brave women-identifying journalists who report on taboo topics, work in hostile environments, and share difficult truths.
Susan will be honored for her leadership in breaking down barriers – not only for herself but for women journalists following in her footsteps – and helping to uplift underreported stories, particularly those told by diverse voices.
Hosted by award-winning journalist Christiane Amanpour, this year’s Courage in Journalism Awards ceremony will be completely virtual and will celebrate courageous female journalists across the globe who risk their lives to report the news.
This year’s event will honor Jessikka Aro, whose reporting on Russian troll factories has made her the target of an international propaganda campaign; Solafa Magdy, who has been imprisoned in Egypt since last November; Yakeen Bido, the first woman to broadcast from the frontlines of her hometown in Idlib during the Syrian War; and Gulchehra Hoja, a Uighur journalist who is banned from returning home to China as a result of her reporting on the country’s detention camps.
“At National Geographic, we are proud to stand with these brave women, and we are committed to telling the stories of women everywhere who are taking bold action to shape our collective future. I am privileged to play a role in covering many of the defining stories of our time, but too many journalists around the world, especially those who are women, do not have the resources — or the rights — needed to report on issues of critical importance. That is why the IWMF’s work is so essential.”Susan Goldberg
For 30 years, the Courage in Journalism Awards have honored more than 100 brave women journalists from 56 countries who refuse to step aside or be silenced in their pursuit of the truth. In 2020, as government oppression, harassment, accusations of fake news and growing mistrust of the media threaten press freedom globally, eliminating the barriers that women journalists face remains as important as ever.