2013 Award Winners

The 2013 Immigration Journalism Award recipients, selected by the Immigration Journalism Fellowship and Award international jury, included:

Jose Antonio Vargas, "Not Legal, Not Leaving"
A year after coming out about his undocumented status in the New York Times Magazine and attracting worldwide coverage, Vargas wrote this essay reporting on life in citizenship limbo and addressing provocative questions that everyday Americans around the country, from Alabama to Arizona, have asked him. Read the article, published in TIME Magazine on June 25, 2012.

Perla Trevizo, "A Far Cry"
Combining images, personal accounts, and videos, Trevizo tells the story of Burundian refugees, going from the last remaining refugee camp in Tanzania to the public housing projects of Chattanooga, Tennessee. The series touches upon the effects of war on families, the hardships they face, and the opportunities found in a new land. Explore this multimedia work published by the Times Free Press in October 2012.

Thierry Leclère, "22 jours dans la vie d'Ogosto" (22 days in Ogosto's life) 
Leclère’s narrative tells how a Moroccan civil servant fought to make sure that Ogosto, an undocumented Nigerian immigrant, received a proper burial. Read the article, published in Revue XXI in the spring of 2013.

Vargas and Trevizo, who tied for best coverage in English, each received $2,500. Leclère received a $5,000 prize for coverage in French.

Awards Ceremony

The French-American Foundation recognized the three recipients at the second Immigration Journalism Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, November 13 in New York. The event included a keynote address by 2012 winner, Maria Hinojosa, who is president of The Futuro Media Group as well as anchor and executive producer of "Latino USA" on NPR and host of WGBH's "Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One" (see photos from the event).

For more information, please contact Thibault Chareton, Program Officer at: tchareton@frenchamerican.org