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Deadline Club Awards

The 2022 Deadline Club Awards program was held on May 12, 2022, at the Harvard Club of New York City and featured a conversation with Nobel Peace Prize laureate Maria Ressa, co-founder of Philippine news site Rappler and a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The program included the presentation of 36 annual Deadline Club Awards in print, radio, television and online journalism, $15,000 in scholarships to New York journalism students and the presentation of the Robert Greenman Award for Excellence in High School Journalism Teaching and Advising.

The ceremony featured a live-streamed conversation with Maria Ressa, a 2021 Nobel Peace Prize laureate who was honored for exposing the abuses of power and authoritarianism of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. She will speak about her work in fighting disinformation, “fake news” and attempts to silence the free press.

Leading the questioning was David Rohde, himself an honored investigative reporter and international correspondent. He is executive editor for news of NewYorker.com, and a former reporter for Reuters, The New York Times, and The Christian Science Monitor. He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for international reporting, in 1996, for stories that helped expose the Srebrenica massacre during the war in Bosnia, and, in 2009, he shared a Pulitzer with a team of Times reporters for coverage of Afghanistan and Pakistan. Rhode is the author of several books, including, “In Deep: The F.B.I., the C.I.A., and the Truth About America’s ‘Deep State”, and “A Rope and a Prayer,” his account of being kidnapped by the Taliban in 2008 and held for seven months before managing to escape.

David Rohde is the Executive Editor for news of NewYorker.com. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting, he covered the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Bosnia and is a former reporter for Reuters, the New York Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. He lives in New York with his wife and two daughters.

Maria Ressa is co-founder, CEO, and executive editor of Rappler.com, an online news organization in the Philippines. In 2021, she was honored as co-winner of the Nobel Peace Prize for exposing abuses of power and authoritarianism under Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte. She focused attention on Duterte’s murderous anti-drug campaign and documented how social media are being used to spread fake news, harass opponents and manipulate public discourse. In accepting the award, she said: “Without facts, you can’t have truth. Without truth, you can’t have trust. Without trust, we have no shared reality, no democracy.” Ressa has faced continual political harassment by the state, including her arrest on 10 charges related to her reporting and a 2020 conviction for cyber-libel that she is currently appealing. A journalist is Asia for more than 35 years, Ressa was previously a CNN bureau chief and investigative reporter and was honored as a Time “Person of the Year” in 2018 and a Fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists in 2019. Her books include “Seeds of Terror: An Eyewitness Account of Al-Qaeda’s Newest Center of Operations in Southeast Asia” and the upcoming, “How to Stand Up to a Dictator.”