Sky News special correspondent Alex Crawford has been awarded the James Cameron Memorial Award for 2011 in recognition of her significant contribution to reporting on the Middle East and, in particular, recent events in Libya.
The award was presented at the City University by Professor George Brock, head of journalism, who said each year the prize was given “to a British journalist working on international affairs who, in the opinion of the judges, demonstrates James Cameron’s qualities in her or his work and shows professional integrity and moral courage.”
Alex Crawford is based in South Africa, reporting from across the continent, but is also deployed around the world.
Formerly based in Sky’s Dubai bureau, Crawford has reported on the Gulf and the Middle East, most recently covering the August uprisings in Libya, where she and her team were the first journalists into Tripoli.
In March Crawford and her crew where the only journalists to get inside the besieged town of Zawiya when it was being attacked by pro-Gaddafi forces.
Crawford said: “James Cameron epitomises everything I aspire to be – a journalist of incredible integrity, grit and authority. Frankly, to be mentioned in the same breath as him is both astonishing to me and a massive honour. Thank you for this recognition. It means a lot.”
Her award was collected by Sarah Whitehead, Sky’s head of international news.