Jane Ferguson Named a Recipient of the Inaugural Aurora Humanitarian Journalism Award

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative will today present PBS NewsHour special correspondent Jane Ferguson with the inaugural Aurora Humanitarian Journalism Award during the first event of their “Gratitude in Action” speaker series.

Inspired by PBS NewsHour anchor Judy Woodruff and the late PBS NewsHour co-anchor and co-managing editor Gwen Ifill, the award – established in 2020 – recognizes journalism’s role in broadening understanding and awareness of global humanitarian issues.

Ferguson has reported on numerous human rights issues, including the war and famine in South Sudan and front-line dispatches from the war against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. Her reporting on the brutal civil war in Yemen was honored with an Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award, a News and Documentary Emmy Award and a Peabody Award nomination. In February 2019, Ferguson was named the George Polk Award recipient for Foreign Television reporting. Before joining NewsHour, she reported extensively for Al Jazeera English and CNN International. Ferguson is a guest professor at Princeton University, where she teaches a course on war reporting. She lived and worked in the Middle East for 12 years and is fluent in Arabic.

The Aurora Humanitarian Initiative will also present the inaugural Aurora Humanitarian Award to Nicholas Kristof of The New York Times.