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.