IRP Fellow Wins 2015 United Nations Correspondents Association Award

By IRP Staff, December 16, 2015

Benedict Moran, a fellow with the International Reporting Project (IRP) in 2014 and 2015, has been awarded the Gold Medal from the United Nations Correspondents Association (UNCA) for his reporting on conflict and religion in the Central African Republic. He was also named the recipient of the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize for written media.

Moran, an independent correspondent for Al Jazeera America, reported on the ongoing conflict between Christians and Muslims, as well as other rebel groups in the Central African Republic. Moran's series, published in December 2014, reveals that the country's conflict is far from over, despite efforts by local and international aid groups, including the UN.

The investigative series was made possible through a grant from the International Reporting Project (IRP), an independent journalism program based in Washington, D.C.

“I’m very happy for the award, and grateful to Al Jazeera America and the International Reporting Project for supporting the work of independent reporters like myself and for the attention they give to publishing stories from under-reported and remote corners of the world,” Moran said.

“Ben has consistently delivered exceptional reporting on issues such as poverty, war and disease, often from very challenging environments," said Tony Karon, Al Jazeera America’s senior vice president for digital, in a statement from the news organization. “He goes the extra mile to relay the voices of those most directly affected by these issues on the ground. His stories and photographs provide an intimate picture of the lived experiences of these stories, reflecting an extraordinary, selfless commitment to Al Jazeera-spirit journalism. We are honored to have him as an AJAM contributor.”

Winners of this year’s 2015 UNCA Awards were announced at a gala held on Monday, December 14, in New York.

Moran is a freelance reporter and filmmaker currently based in New York City. His work as a journalist and aid worker has taken him to more than 75 countries, and he has also won awards for his coverage of the cholera epidemic in Haiti and on rural health programs in Tanzania.

In addition to his 2014 reporting from the Central African Republic, Moran also reported on health and development in South Sudan on a 2015 fellowship with the International Reporting Project (IRP).