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Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in the On Point studio. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Lourdes Garcia-Navarro in the On Point studio. (Alex Kingsbury/WBUR)

Congratulations to NPR’s Lourdes Garcia-Navarro and CBS News’ Clarissa Ward, who both won Peabody Awards for their coverage of the Arab Spring.

We had both of these intrepid correspondents on the show during the past year to talk about their experiences in this turbulent region. You can hear our show with Garcia-Navarro here, and our chat with Clarissa Ward here.

Here are the official citations from the University of Georgia, which administers the Peabody Awards.

Arab Spring from Egypt to Libya (NPR member stations)
National Public Radio
Eloquently describing events or passing her microphone to everyday protesters or regime supporters, NPR foreign correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro provided exemplary coverage throughout the Middle East.

CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley: Inside Syria (CBS)
CBS News
With a small, disguised camera and no crew, CBS correspondent Clarissa Ward entered Syria posing as a tourist. Her courageous, undercover reporting gave viewers a rare, close-up glimpse of a country falling toward civil war.

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  • Hidan

    Navarro should get this, she didn’t report on what happen in Libya she advocated,propagandized  one side of the conflict while omitting vast bulks of information about the rebel TNC.

    While she reported the maturity of the rebel TNC not looting shows(there actually were) while she reported Gaddafi giving his men pills to rape women(this turn out to be a lie) while she reported the suffering of the TNC rebels(she totally omitted the inherent racism and ethnic cleansing of African immigrants and African of Libyan origin)  The quoted part only started to be mention by her after the war was already over. She allowed the rebels to paint torture,rape and murder of african libyans by allowing the rebels to claim that all the people were Merc’s. She also stop reporting on the TNC torturing libyans than giving them to the U.N. human rights to be treated then re-tortured. She dismissed the claims of Al’Q in the TNC ranks as well. Dismissed Nato killing of civilians.

    Check out the show linked with her and how the caller ask why she didn’t report on the ethic cleansing of a town of 30k mostly africans cause she was busy reporting about the rebel TNC.

    Gaddafi was a bastard and needed to go but Navarro is no hero and it’s about as disgraceful of Obama winning the Nobel Peace Prize than elevating the war in Afghanistan and a few other countries. 

    • Hidan

       “Navarro shouldn’t get this,”

  • Ellen Dibble

    Women war correspondents.  Asthmatic war correspondents.  Wow.  Since Garcia-Navarro left, those Libyan rebels have been shown up for this and that.  Hmm.  Hmm.  
    About Clarissa Ward, covering Syria incognito was awesome, but the sheer scope is even more so.  Fluent in French and Italian; also command of Mandarin, Arabic, Russian, Spanish.  This is part of what CBS News posts about her:  “Most recently, Ward was the Asia Correspondent for ABC News, based in Beijing. She was one of the first network correspondents to report directly from the hardest hit areas after the devastating earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Ward also spent time in Afghanistan embedded with the Marines in dangerous Helmand Province.

    “Previously, she served as ABC News’ Moscow Correspondent, covering the 2007 Russian presidential elections and reporting from inside Georgia during the Russian incursion. In 2008 her reporting on the global food crisis, part of a series of reports on “World News with Charles Gibson,” received an Emmy Award for Business & Financial Reporting.

    “Before joining ABC News, Ward was a correspondent for FOX News Channel, working out of Beirut and Baghdad, providing reports on major events in the region, most prominently the execution of Saddam Hussein. She also interviewed several major figures, including General David Petraeus and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud, and spent time embedded with the U.S. military in Iraq.”

    How she spends her time matters to me.  Not everyone can do what she does; not everyone wants to.  
    Congratulations to both of these women.  May this be the beginning of doing better and better, not an ending.

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