Meet the Hosts of this year's Rory Peck Awards

Meet the Hosts of this year's Rory Peck Awards
Wednesday, 26 October 2016 Written by Rory Peck Awards

ITV's Julie Etchingham and CNN's Clarissa Ward to host the Rory Peck Awards 2016, sponsored by Sony Professional.

Julie and Clarissa will present this year's ceremony on Wednesday 7th December at London's BFI Southbank. 

"We are very excited to have two such highly respected journalists involved in this year's awards", said Tina Carr, Director of the Rory Peck Trust. "Both of them understand only too well how important freelancers are to the news industry and why the Rory Peck Trust exists to support them. This is our main fundraiser and is always a very special evening. I'm so glad Julie and Clarissa will be an important part of it."
 
Julie Etchingham 
presents 'News at Ten' and 'Tonight' for ITV and reports for its current affairs strand ‘Exposure’. In 2015, she became the only journalist to moderate all seven UK party leaders during a leaders’ debate and the first woman to chair a UK election debate. She also co-hosted ITV’s overnight Election 2015 coverage.

Julie has interviewed the past four Prime Ministers - as well as major figures such as Pope Francis, Hillary Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, Aung San Suu Kyi and Christine Lagarde. She was the first woman to be given a Royal Television Society (RTS) award for News Presentation, followed by an RTS Presenter of the Year award in 2016 and Broadcaster of the Year by the London Press Club.
 
Clarissa Ward
is a senior International Correspondent with CNN. For more than a decade she has reported from front lines across the world including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Georgia and Ukraine. She is especially known for her in-depth reporting from Syria, having entered the country nearly a dozen times since the civil war began.

She also reported extensively on the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris, contributing to CNN’s award for Best Breaking News Coverage from the Royal Television Society (RTS), and subsequent terrorist attacks in Brussels and Nice. She has won multiple awards for her work and in November will receive the prestigious Excellence in International Reporting Award from the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ).
 
The Rory Peck Awards are the only awards dedicated to the work of freelance cameramen and camerawomen in news and current affairs. Money raised from ticket sales goes directly to the Rory Peck Trust and its work supporting freelance journalists worldwide. 
 
Tickets for the Rory Peck Awards 2016 are now on sale:

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