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Myroslava Gongadze wins Inamori Ethics Prize 2023

17.02.2023, 13:21
Photo: Dmytro Savchuk / VOA
Photo: Dmytro Savchuk / VOA

Myroslava Gongadze, Voice of America's head of broadcasting in Eastern Europe, is to be awarded the 2023 Inamori Ethics Prize by Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence at Case Western University. The Center announced this on February 15, Voice of America reports.

The Inamori Ethics Prize by a private university in Cleveland, Ohio, aims to "honor outstanding international ethical leaders whose actions and influence have greatly improved the condition of humankind."

"I am greatly honored to receive this award. I have seen so much over the course of my journalistic career, but I am always very happy to know that my dear Ukraine has access to reliable news and information through Voice of America, a media organization that shows the importance of free press every day," said Gongadze.

A lawyer by training and now an experienced broadcaster and award winning journalist, Myroslava Gongadze started working for VOA Ukraine in 2004, later becoming the head of the service (2015–2022), before assuming her current position as head of broadcasting in Eastern Europe. In 2019, she was a Nieman Foundation Fellow at Harvard University, where she studied disinformation, and a Reagan-Fussell Democracy Fellow at George Washington University prior to that.

Throughout her career, she has interviewed many a senior government official in the United States and Ukraine, and moderated Ukraine's first televised national election campaign debates following Maidan in 2014. Gongadze's articles have been published by The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Journal of Democracy, and numerous Ukrainian publications.

"Congratulations to Myroslava on being awarded the Inamori Ethics Prize. I am very pleased to see her many years of work, which gives our Ukrainian audience unhindered access to news and information, recognized," said Acting VOA Director Yolanda López, congratulating Gongadze.

Gongadze will receive the award during an official ceremony at the Inamori International Center in the fall, where she will give a public lecture and take part in an academic conference and panel discussion on September 21 and 22.

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