United Nations Correspondents Association

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The United Nations Correspondents Association (U.N. Correspondents Association), or UNCA, was founded in New York City in 1948. It has over 250 members today. It presents the annual UNCA Excellence in Journalism Awards. The purpose of the awards "is to recognize and encourage excellence in reporting on the United Nations, its affiliated agencies, organizations and missions."

The 2013 Awards were reported in The New York Times:[1]

U.N. Correspondents Association 2014 Executive Board

President: Pamela Falk, CBS News TV and Radio

1st Vice President: Kahraman Haliscelik, TRT Turkish Radio & TV

2nd Vice Presidents: Sylviane Zehil, L’Orient Le Jour Masood Haider, Dawn, Pakistan

3rd Vice President: Erol Avdovic, Webpublicapress

Treasurer: Bouchra Benyoussef, Maghreb Arab Press

Secretary: Seana Magee, Kyodo News

Members at Large:

Nabil Abi Saab, Alhurra TV; Talal Al-Haj, Al-Arabiya News channel; Sherwin Bryce-Pease, South African Broadcasting (SABC); Zhenqiu Gu, Xinhua News Agency; Melissa Kent, CBC/Radio Canada; Evelyn Leopold, Huffington Post Contributor; Michelle Nichols, Reuters; Valeria Robecco, ANSA; Sangwon Yoon, Bloomberg

Excellence in Journalism Awards[edit]

The UNCA Excellence in Journalism Awards are presented by the United Nations Correspondents Association. They include:

  • The Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize was established in memory of a journalist for The Boston Globe, who was killed while reporting the war in Iraq in 2003. The prize, recognizes exceptional reporting on the UN in print media.
  • The Ricardo Ortega (es) Memorial Prize was established in honor of a Spanish reporter, who was killed while covering events in Haiti in 2004.
  • The United Nations Foundation Prize honors reporting on humanitarian and development issues. The prize is sponsored by the UN Foundation.


  1. ^ "Evening Hours: The Party Season". The New York Times. December 22, 2013. Retrieved September 17, 2016. 

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