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Kimberly Dozier To Present Award To Farida Nekzad


In Los Angeles tonight CBS correspondent and Iraq car bombing survivor Kimberly Dozier will present an International Women’s Media Foundation’s Courage in Journalism award to Farida Nekzad, 31, managing editor and deputy director of Pajhwok Afghan News and vice president of the South Asia Media Commission, according to a press release.

Joining Dozier will be Christiane Amanpour, Amy Adams, Maria Bello, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Diablo Cody, Diane English and Ginnifer Goodwin. Other honorees include Seygul Uludag, Aye Aye Win and Edith Lederer.

“Nekzad frequently puts her life on the line to report the news. Despite working under tremendous pressure at a time when women journalists in particular are being threatened for their reporting in Afghanistan, Nekzad is committed to staying in her country to work toward a free press and greater equality for women journalists,” according to the release.

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Katie A No-Show @ Gracies


Did Katie skip to avoid reporters?

At last night’s Gracie Awards hosted by American Women in Radio & Television — where a head-spinning 41 awards were given out — Katie Couric, despite reports from her reps late last week that she would be attending and talking to reporters, was a no show. Couric had been scheduled to appear to accept an award for the piece she did on Condoleezza Rice for 60 Minutes with the show’s writers and producers. Instead she accepted the award via video.

Sitting in front of a desk with the 60 Minutes logo behind her, Couric, in her best earnest anchor woman persona, said she “wished she could be there” but she “was taking a few days off to spend time with my daughters who are heading off to camp.” Associate producer Jenny Dubin and writer Tom Anderson took the stage when the lights came up. There was plenty of chatter afterwards — all off the record, of course — among the evening’s attendees that the formerly ubiquitous newser is tired of defending herself and the network’s last place broadcast to reporters. Dan Rather‘s comments about CBS “tarting up” the evening news with Couric’s arrival seemed to be the last straw.

Longtime pal Soledad O’Brien hopes Rather’s remarks aren’t keeping Couric up at night: “His comments really are irrelevant and I hope she’s taking them as such.”

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