2017 David Burke Awards ceremony

Join the Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) for our annual David Burke Distinguished Journalism Awards ceremony. The awards recognize courage, integrity and professionalism of journalists from each of the BBG networks—Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí).

2017 recipients

Voice of America

Heather Murdock, VOA Middle East Correspondent, for the strength, courage and journalistic skill she demonstrated while documenting the drive by coalition forces to retake the city of Mosul from ISIS.

Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty

Uzbek Service, for their tireless and courageous determination to break stories and provide Uzbekistan’s citizens with a means to speak truth to power, despite grave risks to themselves and their families.

Office of Cuba Broadcasting

Ricardo Quintana, Marti journalist, for documenting the difficult and dangerous immigration routes that many Cuban migrants took in their attempt to reach the U.S.

Radio Free Asia

Albert Hong, Jae-wan Noh, and Hee Jung Yang, Korean Service, for their fastidious investigative reporting that exposed a forced labor scheme by the North Korean government in seven countries.

Middle East Broadcasting Networks

Alhurra-Iraq correspondent Abdul Hamid Zebari and cameramen Yaser Salim and John Saeed, for taking extreme risks to accurately and objectively report on Iraq’s deepening catastrophe as a result of ISIS’s inhumane actions.

About the BBG

The Broadcasting Board of Governors is an independent federal agency supervising all U.S. government-supported, civilian international media. Its mission is to inform, engage and connect people around the world in support of freedom and democracy. BBG networks include the Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, the Middle East Broadcasting Networks (Alhurra TV and Radio Sawa), Radio Free Asia, and the Office of Cuba Broadcasting (Radio and TV Martí). BBG programming has a measured audience of 278 million in more than 100 countries and in 61 languages.