Judges 2021

The Rory Peck Awards are judged by panels of professionals drawn from the international media industry.

News Award

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Sophie Huet (Chair)

Global Editor-in-Chief, AFP

Lina Attalah

Co-Founder & Chief Editor, Mada Masr

David Dieudonné

Google News Lab Lead, France, Italy and Spain

Tom Giles

Controller of Current Affairs, ITV

Nevine Mabro

Executive Producer, Unreported World and Deputy Editor, Channel 4 News

News Features Award

Elizabeth Palmer (Chair)

Senior Foreign Correspondent, CBS News

Melissa Chan

Independent Journalist and Contributor, Global Reporting Centre

Dima Khatib

Managing Director, AJ+

Natalie Triebwasser

Head of Production, Quicksilver Media

Sarah Whitehead

Deputy Head of Newsgathering, Sky News

Sony Impact Award for Current Affairs

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Anne Koch (Chair)

Program Director, Global Investigative Journalism Network

Gill Penlington

Senior Executive Producer

Claus Pfeifer

Head of Connected Content Acquisition, Sony

Mark Phillips

Senior Foreign Correspondent , CBS News

Sarah Waldron

International Executive, BBC Current Affairs

Martin Adler Prize

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This Award is judged by the Trustees of the Rory Peck Trust.

Tira Shubart (Chair)

Freelance Producer and Writer

Sandhiya Sophie Argent

Media Lawyer

Madhav Chinnappa

Director of News Ecosystem Development, Google

Andy Clarke

Bureau Chief, CBS News London

Andy Clarke

Ben de Pear

Editor, Channel 4 News

Clive Myrie

Chief Correspondent & Presenter, BBC News

William Reeve

Independent consultant & former BBC correspondent

Madhav Chinnappa

Director of News Ecosystem Development, Google

“The Trust supports a part of the news ecosystem that often gets overlooked – freelancers.”

Madhav is Google’s Director of News Ecosystem Development, working on partnerships and collaborations between Google and the news industry. In 2015, he launched the Digital News Initiative, which is Google’s overarching framework for engagement with the European news ecosystem. He joined Google in 2010 to focus on Google News & Magazines in the EMEA regions. He has worked in the news industry since 1994 – first in the launch team of Associated Press Television, a year in M&A at United News & Media, and spent over 9 years at BBC News, latterly as Head of Development & Rights.

“I have known, and been impressed and humbled by, the work the Rory Peck Trust has done from the early days of my career at APTV. The Trust supports a part of the news ecosystem that often gets overlooked – freelancers – and yet it is these self same freelancers who play an invaluable role in the news that we all consume. I am honoured to be on the Board.”

Andy Clarke

Bureau Chief, CBS News London

“As the only charity for freelancers, the Trust is a beacon of hope for all those who cover the news without the backing of a large organisation.”

Andy first became involved with the Rory Peck Trust in 2006 when staff cameraman Paul Douglas and freelance soundman James Brolan were tragically killed by a terrorist bomb in Baghdad. Since the untimely death of his colleagues, Andy and CBS News London have organised a number of charitable events to raise money for the Trust.

He became London Bureau Chief in 2011 after serving five years as the Deputy Bureau Chief. Before that, Andy spent two decades covering stories around the globe as a producer for CBS News, more often than not in hostile environments. He was also based in Tokyo and reported from the Far East for five years. Andy is the recipient of two national Emmy Awards and an Overseas Press Club of America Award for his coverage of the Kashmir Earthquake in 2005.

Ben de Pear

Editor, Channel 4 News

“Freelancers cover the stories we can’t or don’t – but often should.”

Ben has been on the Board of the Rory Peck Trust since 2009. He became Editor of Channel 4 News in August 2012. Before that, he was Head of Foreign News at Channel 4 News, following a decade working mostly in hostile environments as a foreign producer for ITN and Sky News. Ben was based in Johannesburg for Sky from 2000-2005 and worked all over Africa, as well as across the Middle East, Asia and Europe. In 1999, he produced Sky’s RTS Award-winning coverage of Kosovo, and was their Producer in Baghdad for the US-led invasion in 2003. In 2004, he obtained the only British TV interview with President Robert Mugabe this century. At Channel 4 News, he has helped win over a dozen RTS Awards, a BAFTA and 4 Amnesty International Awards for Television.

“The Rory Peck Trust is a vital organisation helping those who want to find out the truth, but who don’t have the protection and support of a big organisation. There is no other organisation out there doing this vital work.”

Tira Shubart (Chair)

Freelance Producer and Writer

“Rory’s bravery and ability to be in the right places was more than matched by his charm and generosity of spirit.”

Tira has been on the Board of The Rory Peck Trust since 2000. She first met Rory Peck in Bucharest during the Romanian Revolution in 1989.

Tira has worked as a news and documentary producer for British, Canadian and American television networks, and for Frontline News Television, covering stories in over 50 countries. Recently, Tira has worked extensively in East Africa. She co-authored the book Lifting the Veil: Life in Revolutionary Iran and has written for the UK and US press. Tira also wrote and produced a BBC comedy series about journalists, Taking the Flak.

“Within a few hours of first meeting Rory, we were caught in several street battles, had commandeered the car of a fleeing Securitate officer after we fed our video to London, and then watched the National Library burn to the ground. By the end of that memorable week, Rory seemed to know everyone in Bucharest and all doors opened for him. His career ended in Moscow in 1993, leaving a large Rory-shaped hole in our lives.”

William Reeve

Independent consultant
Former BBC correspondent

“Since the advent of the coronavirus pandemic, freelance journalists around the world face increasing challenges which need addressing on many levels.”

William Reeve is a former BBC foreign correspondent, editor and producer, who now works as an independent consultant advising governments and other organisations on how to optimise their strategic communications, especially at challenging times.  This has included setting up and managing training programmes for journalists and for officials and others who need to work with the media.  

William has more than 30 years of broad experience within Afghanistan, where freelance journalists continue to face considerable danger, but where the Afghan media in particular persist in defiantly guarding their independence and holding the authorities to account. 

Sandhiya Sophie Argent

Media Lawyer

“I am committed to ensuring that freelancers, in particular, have recourse to the support that they and their families need, which is very much in alignment with the Rory Peck Trust.”

Sandhiya Sophie Argent is a Media Lawyer and a passionate advocate for freedom of expression. She routinely advises journalists and programme-makers working on the News and current affairs investigations, which often involve challenging legal, regulatory and ethical issues.  

She has come into contact with many journalists and programme-makers who work tirelessly in pursuit of stories of public interest and often put themselves at great personal risk and stress in the process. She has been heavily involved in considering risk assessments for travel to hostile environments and this has further highlighted the importance of creating a safer environment for those involved in newsgathering.

Clive Myrie

Chief Correspondent & Presenter, BBC News

“Rory’s lasting legacy through the Trust has been to allow so many people to continue to work in a precarious business where there are no guarantees for safety or income. I’ve come across so many men and women in the field from Afghanistan to Mexico, Libya to East Timor, who are able to pursue their love and desire to try to help better inform the world of what’s going on, and by doing so perhaps even help make the world a better place, because of the work of the Rory Peck Trust.”

Clive Myrie has worked for the BBC for more than 30 years. A foreign correspondent based in Tokyo, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Singapore, Washington, Paris and Brussels, he returned to London in 2010 to anchor BBC News programmes, as well as deploy to major stories around the world. During the 2003 Iraq War, he was embedded with Royal Marines from 40 Commando. Clive is the winner of numerous citations and awards, including a Golden Nymph from Monte Carlo, the Royal Television Society for coverage of the war in Yemen, the David Bloom Award and a Peabody Award. His work has been recognised by the Foreign Press Association, London Press Club, twice by the Prix Bayeux War Correspondents Awards, BAFTA and the Emmys.

In 2021, the Royal Television Society awarded Clive the Television Journalist of the Year Award and the Network Presenter of the Year Award.

Claus Pfeifer

Claus is responsible for the European Product Management of Sony’s Cinematography solutions as well Sony’s range of Professional Acquisition products including Broadcast Camcorders and Professional Audio.

David Dieudonné

David has been Google News Lab Lead in France since March 2016, also covering Italy and Spain since November 2019. Before joining Google, he worked for Agence France-Presse since 2001, occupying various postings including as a reporter engaged in international temporary crises assignments, such as piracy in the Indian Ocean, the 2010 earthquake in Haïti and the war in Afghanistan.

Sophie Huet

Sophie is Deputy Global News Director at Agence France-Presse, the multimedia news agency covering news worldwide 24/7 in six languages.  In charge of innovation, she is leading collaborative efforts to create new products for AFP clients and new tools for the newsroom and connecting the agency with the startup, design and innovation ecosystem. A journalist for more than 30 years, Sophie has worked for AFP since 1991 in various assignments, such as Reporter in the Washington and London bureaus, News Editor in Marseille, Deputy News Editor for France, Head of the French general news department and Head of the Graphics and Innovation department.

Tom Giles

Tom has been Controller of Current Affairs and a factual commissioner for ITV since 2015, where he’s responsible for strands like Tonight and Exposure, live political programmes, as well as single documentaries and factual series. Previously at the BBC for more than 20 years, he was Editor and Deputy Editor of Panorama, an Assistant Editor at Newsnight and an award-winning producer-director for BBC news, current affairs, docs, science and history – including films in Iraq, Afghanistan and Bosnia.

Natalie Triebwasser

Natalie is Head of Production at Quicksilver Media, an independent production company specialising in documentaries and current affairs. She has extensive experience of international filming, including hostile environment shoots in places such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Darfur, Pakistan and Syria, as well as many high-risk undercover shoots in countries such as Burma, China and Zimbabwe. Recent productions include a seven part crime documentary series for Netflix, ‘The Anti-Vax Conspiracy’ for Channel 4, Arte and All3, Emmy-nominated documentary ‘Isis and the Battle for Iraq’ for Channel 4/PBS, and BAFTA and Emmy-winning ‘Syria Across The Lines’ for Channel 4/PBS.

Melissa Chan

Melissa is an Emmy-nominated journalist based between Los Angeles and Berlin. She has reported everywhere from Cuba to Canada, Mongolia to Moscow, North and South Korea, and is currently focused on transnational issues. She has written for The New York Times — where she was nominated for a Loeb Award — and for The Atlantic, Time, Foreign Policy, and more. As a television journalist, she takes viewers on investigative journeys through long-format news documentaries, including with the award-winning Fault Lines series on Al Jazeera. She also reports from Europe as a correspondent for VICE News Tonight and presents for Germany’s DW News.

Anne Koch

Anne is the Program Director at the Global Investigative Journalism Network, the world’s largest network of investigative journalists. Previously, she worked as a broadcast journalist and executive for more than 20 years at the BBC, which included service as Deputy Director of the English World Service, Executive Editor of the flagship radio news and current affairs programmes and Editor of The World Tonight. She worked on Radio 4’s File on Four and produced or edited over a hundred radio documentaries. After leaving, she became a director at Transparency International,  serving as director of Europe and Central Asia, overseeing nearly 50 independent chapters. She is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Liberty Investigates and a Trustee at Time and Talents. 

Elizabeth Palmer

Elizabeth is CBS News’ senior foreign correspondent, based in London. She joined the network in 2000 and reports for all of CBS News’ broadcasts and platforms, spending much of the last two decades covering Russia and the Middle East. Elizabeth was one of the first U.S. correspondents to helicopter into Afghanistan after 9/11 and has made many reporting trips into Iraq, Libya and Syria. Her reporting on Syria’s civil war earned her Columbia University’s Dupont Award. She regularly reports on and in Iran and is one of the few Western journalists to have visited Iran’s nuclear installations.

Sarah Waldron

Sarah is International Executive for BBC Current Affairs, overseeing strands This World and Our World.  After years of directing films, in 2011 she became the Series Producer for This World, overseeing more than 50 films and winning RTS,  BAFTA and Amnesty awards. In 2018, she became the Executive Producer. Recent credits include 54 Days: China and the Pandemic/ America and the Pandemic, Death in Bollywood, Italy’s Frontline: A Doctor’s Diary, Aung San Suu Kyi: The Fall of an Icon, The Missing Princess and Return of the Taliban.

Lina Attalah

Lina is an Egyptian media figure and journalist. She is Co-Founder and Chief Editor of Mada Masr, an independent online Egyptian newspaper, and was previously Managing Editor of the Egypt Independent prior to its print edition closure in 2013.

Nevine Mabro 

Nevine is a commissioning editor at Channel 4 in News and Current Affairs. She produced the multi-award-winning For Sama – a feature documentary directed by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts – a film that started life as a series of Channel 4 News reports in 2016 and went on to gain an Oscar nomination. Before joining Channel 4, she was at Channel 4 News as Deputy Editor and previously Head of Foreign News and Films. She exec-produced three International Emmy-winning news films from Syria during that time – Horror of Homs in 2013, Agony of Aleppo in 2014 and Inside Aleppo in 2016.

Dima Khatib

Dima directs the award-winning AJ+ channel in its four language-driven versions: English, Arabic, Spanish and French. The only female executive within Al Jazeera, she joined the network in 1997 as a junior broadcast journalist in Qatar. Later, Dima set up bureaus in China and Venezuela and was the first female Al Jazeera bureau chief. In 25 years, she has reported from over 30 countries, interviewing presidents and people from all walks of life. Under her leadership, AJ+ has amassed more than 44 million followers and a total of over 30 billion views across social media platforms. Dima has been recognised as one of the most influential Arabs on social media.

Mark Phillips

Mark is the CBS News senior foreign correspondent and has been based in the London Bureau since 1993. He has covered every major international story of the past 35 years, including conflicts in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He has also covered a range of other social, economic and environmental issues and regularly reported on international sporting events, including nine Olympic Games. His work has been recognised over the years through multiple Emmy awards, among others, including an Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio-Television News Directors Association and a citation from the Society of Environmental Journalists for his work on climate change.

Gill Penlington

Gill is a Senior Executive Producer with experience in both international and UK news. As Director of Programming for Europe, Middle East and Africa for CNN International, she was closely involved in the network’s coverage of major events, including the French terror attacks, the UK referendum and the Royal wedding.  Other roles include Editor of BBC Question Time, Senior Executive at NBC and Launch Editor of Kay Burley at Breakfast on Sky.

 

Tira Shubart

Chair of the Trust

Freelance Producer and Writer

Tira has been on the Board of The Rory Peck Trust since 2000. She first met Rory Peck in Bucharest during the Romanian Revolution in 1989.

Tira has worked as a news and documentary producer for British, Canadian and American television networks, and for Frontline News Television, covering stories in over 50 countries. Recently, Tira has worked extensively in East Africa. She co-authored the book Lifting the Veil: Life in Revolutionary Iran and has written for the UK and US press. Tira also wrote and produced a BBC comedy series about journalists, Taking the Flak.

“Within a few hours of first meeting Rory, we were caught in several street battles, had commandeered the car of a fleeing Securitate officer after we fed our video to London, and then watched the National Library burn to the ground. By the end of that memorable week, Rory seemed to know everyone in Bucharest and all doors opened for him. His career ended in Moscow in 1993, leaving a large Rory-shaped hole in our lives.”