July 2, 2007
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NPR NEWS’ PHILIP REEVES WINS
SOUTH ASIAN JOURNALISM ASSOCIATION AWARD
FOR REPORTING ON ABDUCTIONS IN SRI LANKA

NPR COMMENTATOR SANDIP ROY AWARDED FOR “OUTSTANDING EDITORIAL/COMMENTARY”



July 2, 2007; Washington, D.C. – NPR News foreign correspondent Philip Reeves, based in New Delhi, has been recognized with a 2007 “Outstanding Broadcast” Award from the South Asian Journalism Association for his report about the increasing instance of abductions in Sri Lanka. The piece aired on All Things Considered in September 2006.

Separately, NPR commentator Sandip Roy was honored for “Outstanding Editorial/Commentary” by SAJA, for his January 2006 humorous piece on National Security Agency eavesdropping that aired on Morning Edition.

The annual awards recognize excellence in reporting about South Asia and outstanding work by South Asian journalists working in the United States, Canada, Europe and South Asia.

Reeves’ piece examined how hundreds of Sri Lankans have recently “disappeared,” which usually indicates kidnapping and murder, after civil war heated up on the island nation. Reeves found that many victims’ families, frustrated with the lack of help provided by the government or police, turn to fortune tellers for signs of their missing loved ones. The audio of the story is available at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6140842

NPR was also honored for the commentary “Saving the NSA Effort on Some Calls to India.” In it, Roy comically reflected on his weekly phone calls to his mother in India, in light of news that the NSA had been eavesdropping on international telephone use. Roy hosts the radio program UpFront, produced at NPR Member station KALW San Francisco by New America Media. The Morning Edition commentary is available at: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5159108

The SAJA Journalism Awards are judged by a panel of journalists, faculty of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Winners will be recognized at the SAJA’s 13th annual dinner on July 14 in New York City.