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Clarissa Ward Accepts duPont Award: ‘I Felt Humbled and Tremendously Honored’

CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward traveled to New York this week to accept the Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for her series of “Inside Syria” reports.

“I was the last person to accept my award, and by the time it came around I was feeling pretty humbled because I was just awestruck but what incredibly compelling and diverse reports had been honored,” Ward told TVNewser. “I felt humbled and tremendously honored and very excited.”

Ward said she was particularly proud to accept the award from ABC’s Christiane Amanpour, who she called “a heroine and a role model.”

Ward and producer Ben Plesser were the first American journalists to report live from Syria with the rebels. In the past year, she has traveled to the war-torn country six times for reports that have aired on “CBS Evening News” and “60 Minutes.” Ward called reporting from Syria “extremely challenging,” noting the fractured nature of the conflict.

“In conventional warfare you might embed with an army, but this is a completely different kettle of fish,” she said. “You’re embedding with rebel forces and each group has its own ways and its own rules and its own methods.”

Because of this, Ward said she anticipates seeing less reporting from Syria this year.

“I think you’ll see fewer journalists spending time with the rebels, partially because of safety concerns, which are very legitimate,” Ward said. “I really want to go in only when I feel like I have a story that furthers the bigger picture.”

Ward cited the recent experience of NBC’s Richard Engel, who was held captive for several days in Syria last month. Read more

CBS News Snags DuPont Award For Syria Coverage

The Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Awards have been handed out, and among the winners was CBS News and correspondent Clarissa Ward, for her “CBS Evening News” series on Syria.

“To report this extraordinary series of nine stories, Ward entered Syria posing as a tourist carrying only a small camera,” the judges noted.

Current TV also took home an award for its “Vanguard” special about “Arming the Mexican Cartel.” Following the award Current announced that the program would return with new episodes next year.

A number of local radio and TV stations and print outlets also received awards. The full list of winners can be viewed here.

Clarissa Ward: Syria Coverage Difficult ‘for security and safety, but also emotionally’

Since fighting began in Syria, 26 journalists have been killed in the region. American Journalism Review talks to some of the reporters who have snuck into the country to report on the violence, including CBS News’ Clarissa Ward, who has visited Syria six times since she joined CBS:

On one occasion, the journalists followed Abu Ibrahim and his younger brother Azzu into battle. A video clip aired on CBS shows Ibrahim struggling to drag the limp body of a fallen comrade to safety under heavy gunfire. The rebels had no radio communications and Ibrahim “could not have known that on the other side of the road his brother Azzu also had been shot,” Ward reported.

Ward was in the room when women in the family learned of Azzu’s death and collapsed in grief. His body, along with others killed in the fight, was placed in a hall below the house. At breakfast the next day, Ward sat silently, watching as Ibrahim picked up a piece of traditional flatbread. “He was chewing and chewing, but he couldn’t swallow. Suddenly, he just started to sob. I cried with him,” she recalls. Later, the elder brother led the funeral procession. Read more

Clarissa Ward Questions Hamas Leader At Presser, As Christiane Amanpour Schedules Interview

CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward was the only American to get a question in at a press conference hosted by the leader of Hamas, Khaled Mashal. Ward shouted her question as the conference was coming to a close. “You are a hunter!” one of the Hamas aides said to her afterward.


Meanwhile, CNN International anchor and ABC News global affairs anchor Christiane Amanpour is en route to Cairo for the first one on one interview with Mashal.

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Broadcasters Gear Up For Gaza Coverage

With the situation in Gaza continuing to escalate, the broadcast news divisions are making sure their people are in the region. Additional changes may be made, but for now here is the latest on the assignments in Gaza, Israel and beyond.

ABC News has Christiane Amanpour in Jerusalem, joined by Lama Hasan. Matt Gutman is reporting for ABC from Tel Aviv, while Alexander Marquardt reports from Gaza.

NBC News has Ayman Mohyeldin and Richard Engel in Gaza, Stephanie Gosk and Martin Fletcher in Tel Aviv, Jim Maceda in Cairo, Egypt and Ali Rouzi in Tehran, Iran.

CBS News has Clarissa Ward reporting from Cairo, Charlie D’Agata reporting from Gaza and Allen Pizzey reporting from Israel.

Fox News has Jerusalem correspondents Leland Vittert and David Lee Miller reporting from southwestern Israel, near the Gaza border.

Clarissa Ward’s First ’60 Minutes’ Story is a Report from Syria

CBS News foreign correspondent Clarissa Ward has her first piece for “60 Minutes” tomorrow night. In it, Ward interviews Free Syrian Army supporter Dr. Maher Nana an American-Syrian doctor who says the West’s refusal to support the rebels is driving Syrians toward radical jihadists for support. Ward also speaks with the leader of one of the jihadi groups, Ahmed al-Abaid who commands several hundred Muslim fundamentalist fighters in Northern Syria. Ward and her team also take viewers to Aleppo, where residents live under constant bombardment as Syria’s 18-month long civil war drags on.

CBS’s Clarissa Ward, BBC’s Paul Wood Honored for Syria Reports at RTCA Dinner

CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward and BBC News correspondent Paul Wood were the co-recipients of the David Bloom award for their intrepid reports from Syria at last night’s Radio & TV Correspondents Association dinner. The David Bloom Award honors the late NBC News correspondent and anchor by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting. Additionally, CBS’s Steve Kroft (above) was presented the Joan Barone award for his “60 Minutes” piece on the STOCK act and CBS news cameraman George Christian won the Jerry Thompson award for his extraordinary lifetime achievement. This award was created last year to honor the memory of CNN cameraman Jerry Thompson. Christian is the award’s first recipient.

Scott Pelley Marks One Year Anchoring ‘Evening News’: ‘We’re Going to Bring This Broadcast to No. 1′

It was one year ago today that Scott Pelley anchored his first “CBS Evening News.” The Pelley era has seen some ratings growth, with the broadcast up in both Total Viewers and A25-54 viewers compared to last year.  “I’ve got a lot of confidence that we’re going to bring this broadcast to No. 1,” Pelley told David Bauder of the Associated Press:

Pelley said his first priority was to set a new tone for the newscast, wanting it to be a place where a viewer could tune in and feel connected to the most important stories in the world each day. It has concentrated heavily on jobs and the economy, and now the European economic crisis, said Patricia Shevlin, the broadcast’s executive producer. One example this week was a story by reporter Clarissa Ward this week on economic problems in Spain. Pelley believes the broadcast has improved in all facets and tapped into a reservoir of talent at CBS News.

“These folks needed a little bit of direction,” Pelley said. “They needed to know where we were headed and once we communicated that to them, they have performed magnificently.”

The Texas native celebrated with the “Evening News” staffers at a Texas-style BBQ in the newsroom today:

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Clarissa Ward: Winning Peabody Is ‘The Achievement of a Lifetime’

CBS News correspondent Clarissa Ward was in a refugee camp on the Syria-Turkey border today when she found out she won a 2012 Peabody Award.

“I feel absolutely thrilled, humbled, shocked,” she tells TVNewser. “It’s the achievement of a lifetime.”

“CBS Evening News” staffers gathered in the newsroom this afternoon as anchor Scott Pelley (below) offered a toast to Ward, and to the team that put the stories together. The three-part report, “Inside Syria,” was Ward’s first assignment at CBS. She snuck into Syria on a tourist visa and shot her own footage on a small digital camera.

“Most of all I feel an incredible sense of gratitude and awe at the incredible bravery of the activists who risked their lives to take care of me and to take me under their wing,” she said. “They really faced life or death risks, but they’re so committed to their goals and to their cause and all they want is for the world to see and to pay attention.”

Ward said winning the Peabody Award comes “at a very important time” for Syria, noting the country faces an April 10 U.N.-imposed deadline to halt fighting.

“If nothing else, I hope it’s another reminder to people that this story is very current,” she said. “There’s no resolution. The suffering goes on, the brutality goes on.”

CNN, ABC, CBS, The BBC and Al Jazeera Among 2012 Peabody Award Winners

The 2012 Peabody Award winners have been announced, and there are lots of winners from the world of TV news.

CNN is taking home three Peabodys, one for its coverage of last year’s Arab Spring uprising, another for “CNN Heroes” and the last for “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

ABC News and Brian Ross received a Peabody for the investigative report looking into the Peace Corps, while the “CBS Evening News” and correspondent Clarissa Ward won a Peabody for her coverage of the Syrian uprising.

Al Jazeera English won a Peabody for its coverage of the Arab Spring uprisings, and the BBC won two awards, one for a documentary examining Somalia and a second for

As usual, plenty of entertainment programs won Peabodys as well, including “The Colbert Report,” “Portlandia,” “Parks & Recreation,” “Homeland,” “Game of Thrones” and “Jeopardy!”

“The range of the Peabody Awards’ search for excellence has never been wider or deeper than this year,” said Horace Newcomb, Director of the Peabody Awards in a statement. “Local news organizations covered stories with international import as well as those significant within their communities. Documentaries and news reports on issues missed or overlooked by big organizations were available on websites. Comedians engaged in political actions. Radio proved again the power of the individual human voice. Drama took on issues of power and control. Images of disaster appeared alongside images of hope and freedom.”

The full winners list, after the jump.

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