Journalism Professor Donna DeCesare Receives International Award
Posted: September 11, 2013
Associate Professor of Journalism and LLILAS associate Donna DeCesare is among four international journalists to receive the 2013 Maria Moors Cabot Prize. DeCesare will receive a medal and a $5,000 honorarium on October 21, 2013, during a ceremony at Columbia University.
The Cabot Prize recognizes exceptional work on Latin America and the Caribbean. Founded in 1938, it is the oldest international journalism award. Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger states, “The Cabot Prize has long held a special place in our mission because it recognizes courageous reporting about Latin America, often in countries where freedom of the press is far from a given and exercised at great personal risk.”
Presenting a culmination of her groundbreaking work on the spread of Los Angeles gang violence to Central America with a focus on youth and children, DeCesare will talk about her new book, Unsettled/Desasosiego, in an upcoming lecture at the Harry Ransom Center.
Before joining the UT faculty, DeCesare had a professional career as a freelance visual reporter for 20 years. She covered stories and conflicts around the world including Northern Ireland, the United States, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. Her photojournalistic work has garnered many awards, has been featured in a variety of publications including The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Life, Newsweek, and Double Take, and has been exhibited internationally.