Since 2015, the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation and the Online News Association have worked together to honor independent digital journalists who produce exceptional reporting under the most challenging conditions. Kiana Hayeri is the sixth recipient of the James Foley Award. The selection committee was impressed by her dedication to reporting on people and communities in Afghanistan, covering many stories others haven’t attempted and with a holistic and diligent approach to storytelling that reflects the highest journalistic standards.
Kiana is a Senior TED fellow and a regular contributor to The New York Times. Her work has appeared in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Harper’s Magazine, The Globe & Mail, Le Monde and more. She is currently based in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Watch the announcement video to hear from Diane Foley, mother of the late journalist James Foley and Founder & President of the James W. Foley Legacy Foundation, members of the selection committee, as well as from Kiana herself about this outstanding achievement.
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