Quick hit: Christiane Amanpour wins Walter Cronkite Award

It was announced yesterday that Christiane Amanpour, host of ABC’s This Week with Christiane Amanpour, has been awarded the 2011 Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism. Amanpour joins the ranks of 27 other honorees, including women like Katie Couric, Cokie Roberts and Rachel Maddow, and adds this award to her already stunning list of honors.

Since starting her own show last year, Amanpour has done some fantastic and characteristically hard-hitting reporting, asking tough questions of world leaders and making a point of including a lot of women as interview subjects and featured experts.

This past weekend, she interviewed Christine Lagarde, France’s finance minister the woman tipped to replace Dominique Strauss-Kahn at the IMF. There was something deeply thrilling – at least for this long-time admirer of both women – about seeing the two of them together, both of them multi-lingual, powerful professional women, in conversation about global financial policy. It made me cry happy, proud feminist tears.

Congratulations to Ms. Amanpour and to the entire team at This Week.

New York, NY

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia. She joined the Feministing team in 2009. Her writing about politics and popular culture has been published in The Atlantic, The Guardian, New York magazine, Reuters, The LA Times and many other outlets in the US, Australia, UK, and France. She makes regular appearances on radio and television in the US and Australia. She has an AB in Sociology from Princeton University and a PhD in Arts and Media from the University of New South Wales. Her academic work focuses on Hollywood romantic comedies; her doctoral thesis was about how the genre depicts gender, sex, and power, and grew out of a series she wrote for Feministing, the Feministing Rom Com Review. Chloe is a Senior Facilitator at The OpEd Project and a Senior Advisor to The Harry Potter Alliance. You can read more of her writing at chloesangyal.com

Chloe Angyal is a journalist and scholar of popular culture from Sydney, Australia.

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  • http://feministing.com/members/matthewcunninghamcook/ Matthew

    Christine Lagarde is in the middle of implementing an austerity agenda that will have extremely detrimental effects on the lives of millions of French women. Not to mention the fact that she works for a well-known racist. Just because a woman is strong does not make her a role model or someone that we should admire- if so, we would be doing just that with Margaret Thatcher and Sarah Palin.