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For immediate release
June 2, 2005
Chad Campbell

NPR's Jason Beaubien Honored with "Award for Excellence in International Reporting" by InterAction

WASHINGTON - Jason Beaubien, NPR® News Correspondent covering sub-Saharan Africa, has been chosen as recipient of the 2005 "Award for Excellence in International Reporting" from InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based international development and humanitarian nongovernmental organizations.

The award was presented to Beaubien at InterAction's annual Awards Dinner on June 1 in Washington, D.C. Beaubien was selected for his "extraordinary efforts (in journalism) that have made a tangible difference for those struggling to overcome poverty, disease and discrimination in the developing world." InterAction recognized his work on such stories as the tsunami's effects on Sri Lanka, problems caused by an oil bonanza in Equatorial Guinea, the Sudanese government accord with rebels and a profile of an Ethiopian poverty activist. Based in Johannesburg, Beaubien reports for NPR newsmagazines All Things Considered®, Morning Edition®, and Weekend Edition®.

InterAction CEO Dr. Mohammad Akhter adds "We are delighted to present Jason with this award. Even in very difficult circumstances, he has consistently brought the stories of the world's poorest people to the American public."

The annual award recipient is determined by communications professionals from InterAction's 160 membership organizations, including such groups as CARE, Save The Children, WorldVision and Catholic Relief Services. Previous journalism honorees include Carlotta Gall of The New York Times and Anne Garrels of NPR.

A native of Springfield, Massachusetts, Beaubien is a graduate of San Francisco State University. He began his career in public broadcasting as an intern at KQED, San Francisco, and later was a reporter at WBUR, Boston. He has won numerous national and regional awards for his work, which can be heard at

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