CPB Awards Grant to Honor NPR Journalists Killed in Afghanistan

Provides Lead Gift for David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna Memorial Fund

Sep 20, 2016

Washington, D.C. (September 20, 2016) — The Corporation for Public Broadcasting will provide the lead gift to NPR to launch The David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna Memorial Fund for International Coverage and Photojournalism. The fund honors the lives and work of NPR photojournalist David Gilkey and Afghan journalist and translator Zabihullah Tamanna, who were killed on June 5, 2016, in a convoy attack in southern Afghanistan.

Zabihullah Tamanna, left, and David Gilkey. Photo by Monika Evstatieva/NPR
NPR journalists Zabihullah Tamanna, left, and David Gilkey.
 Photo by Monika Evstatieva, NPR

“David Gilkey and Zabihullah Tamanna were masters of their craft who shared a passion for their work and extraordinary courage to go where few do to report stories of international importance,” said Pat Harrison, CPB president and CEO. “Through this fund, we honor their work and want to ensure that their legacy lives on through public media’s global journalism.”

CPB will provide $400,000 to the fund, which will underwrite equipment, training, and support for international coverage and video journalism at NPR. NPR President and CEO Jarl Mohn announced the grant today at the Public Radio Program Directors Association annual conference in Phoenix.

“We are grateful to CPB for this grant honoring the work of two extraordinary reporters who devoted their lives to helping the public see these wars and the people caught up in them,” Mohn said. “NPR covers all the hotspots with rigor and intelligence, energy and compassion, bringing our listeners and readers the voices and images of conflict.”

Photojournalist David Gilkey joined NPR in 2007 and reported extensively from the world’s danger zones, including Afghanistan, Iraq, Rwanda, and Somalia, as well as disasters like the earthquake in Haiti and the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. Among David’s many awards, he received the Edward R. Murrow Award from CPB in 2015 for his outstanding contributions to public radio. Notably, it was the first time CPB presented the award to a multimedia journalist.

Zabihullah Tamanna was an Afghani journalist who reported on the war on a freelance basis for numerous organizations, including NPR and China’s Xinhua News Agency. Tamanna, who held a degree in law and politics, excelled at crucial behind-the-scenes work navigating bureaucracy and cutting through red tape.

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