The judges' citations of CNN's reporting:
CNN’s Coverage of Kidnapped Nigerian Schoolgirls
CNN approached the Boko Haram kidnapping horror from many angles, even moving Isha Sesay’s daily show to Abuja to raise the profile of the #BringBackOurGirls campaign. Sesay’s tough, live-TV interviewing, along with high-risk field reporting of Nima Elbagir, Arwa Damon and other CNN journalists, made the network’s coverage comprehensive and indispensable.
CNN Investigative Reports: Crisis at the VA High-impact journalism, CNN’s investigation into delays in care at Veteran Affairs hospitals exposed a systemic VA breakdown, eventually leading to the resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, the passage of federal legislation, and a dramatic change in how veterans’ medical appointments are made, recorded and reported.
Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai sits down with CNN's Isha Sesay (@IshaSesayCNN) in Abuja to discuss her meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan about the 200+ girls kidnapped by Boko Haram from their school in Chibok, Nigeria more than 90 days ago.
On what President Jonathan told her
"He made me two promises. The first one he made was that he'd definitely meet the parents of those girls and listen to what the parents say. It's very important because the parents need support, and he hasn't met the parents yet so it would be the first meeting. It's a great success for me because I want to raise the voices of those parents.
The second promise was that he would make sure these girls are soon released, and he would try his best. He said that he has many solutions, and he would find the best solution for it."
On cruelty of Boko Haram
"In Swat, it's a very difficult situation of Talibanization and terrorism where we were not allowed to go to school and we are girls. Education was totally banned and women were not allowed to go to market.
But here, the situation is - is like - it's the same. They are against education, but here they - they seem like more cruel. They have crossed the limits of cruelty and harshness. And we see that girls are now deprived of their families. They are away from their homes and it's - it's - I can't even imagine it. And those girls are suffering through it."
On turning 17
"I'm 17 and I feel that I have more and more responsibility as I grow older. I can see myself more responsible, and I think that I should continue my campaign for girls education as well as focus on my education because I believe that education will empower me and it will strengthen me to give me more and more courage."
WATCH THE INTERVIEW HERE: http://cnn.it/1yinmkC
Full transcript after the jump.
During a special edition of CNN NewsCenter live from Abuja, Nigeria, CNN's Isha Sesay (@IshaSesayCNN) spoke to Nigerian Minister of Information Labaran Maku about the claims made in Amnesty International's report on the abduction of 250+ girls from a boarding school in Chibok.
When asked to confirm whether the Nigerian military had four hours of advanced warning about an attack by Boko Haram, the minister said the claim was "outrageous."
"This is really outrageous, unbelievable. I don't know if Amnesty International investigated this, or they just had the report from someone telling them – from the Nigerian military – not to talk of the government. It is inconceivable to believe soldiers on duty were informed that an attack is about to take place in Chibok four hours, and they didn't act."
CNN's Isha Sesay speaks live from Nigeria with a government official about how the Nigerian government has responded to the kidnapping of 200 schoolgirls.
As tensions mount in Ukraine, CNN's journalists continue to cover the crisis from around the world. Anderson Cooper has traveled to Ukraine, and Christiane Amanpour had the first international television interview with Yulia Tymoshenko, the former Ukrainian Prime Minister who lead the Orange Revolution, since her release from prison.
Anderson Cooper in Ukraine @andersoncooper
Christiane Amanpour @camanpour
Wolf Blitzer @wolfblitzer
Jim Sciutto @jimsciutto
Fareed Zakaria @fareedzakaria
Matthew Chance @mchancecnn
Anna Coren @amcoren
Claudia Rebaza (CNN en Español) @crebazacnn
Diana Magnay @dimagnayCNN
Ben Wedeman @bencnn
Ivan Watson @ivancnn
Phil Black @philblackCNN
Erin McLaughlin @erincnn
Richard Roth @richardrothCNN
Isha Sesay @ishasesayCNN
Traveling with Sec. Kerry
Elise Labott @eliselabottCNN
Fred Pleitgen @pleitgenCNN
Atika Shubert @atikacnn
CNN’s coverage of the death and funeral of Nelson Mandela continues, with Christiane Amanpour, Anderson Cooper, Chris Cuomo and Isha Sesay reporting from locations in South Africa. Correspondents Robyn Curnow, Arwa Damon, Errol Barnett and David McKenzie contribute to the coverage across CNN’s networks and platforms. Gemma Paralleda and Jose Levy contribute to CNN en Espanol’s coverage.
Online, users can go to http://www.cnn.com as well as the CNN Apps for the latest updates, which include articles, photo galleries, interactives and video. Additionally, CNN iReport, the network's global participatory news community, invites users to share their memories, photos and personal stories of the Nobel Peace Prize winner.
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Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin are back to co-host CNN’s coverage of the New Year’s Eve celebrations on Monday, Dec. 31, from 10 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (ET). Bringing back their fun and unpredictable New Year’s Eve countdown program for the 6th consecutive year, Cooper and Griffin will ring in the new year live from NYC’s Time Square for CNN’s “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin.”
“As always, I await New Year’s Eve with Kathy Griffin with grave reservations and tremendous fear, and I want to apologize in advance to anyone she may offend/assault/attempt to kiss” said Cooper.
“I don’t know what Anderson has been doing this past year. I assume he has been sitting, eating Bon Bons in his mother’s apartment watching reality TV, while I was helping spread democracy in Egypt or Syria or whichever” said Griffin. “Oh, and did I mention we’re giving away puppies at midnight?”
CNN correspondents will provide reports from celebrations across the country and around the world. Isha Sesay will join Cooper and Griffin from the crowds in Times Square. Correspondents John Zarrella and Gary Tuchman are on opposite ends of the East Coast, with Zarrella counting down from Key West, Florida and Tuchman from Eastport, Maine.
At 12:30 a.m (ET), Anderson and Kathy will hand off to CNN’s Brooke Baldwin at Jackson Square in New Orleans, Louisiana and HLN’s Susan Hendricks at the Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee for the countdown to midnight, Central time.
Viewers who tweet using #CNNNYE or post on Facebook.com/ac360, will have the chance to see their New Year’s Eve message on air. Questions for Anderson and Kathy can also be posted on the AC360 Facebook page or tweeted with the #CNNNYE hashtag and the hosts will select a few questions to answer during the show.
Leading up to “New Year’s Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin” will be “All the Best, All the Worst 2012,” an Anderson Cooper 360° special airing at 8 p.m. (ET). The special will count down to the new year by recounting the old one with humor, insight, and fun. CNN correspondent Tom Foreman will be joined by Isha Sesay, actress and comedian Aisha Tyler, all around smart guy Ben Stein, social and political commentator and radio host Pete Dominick, Sirius-XM’s Julie Mason, and the cake boss, Buddy Valastro. They will join Foreman in shining a spotlight on the highlights and lowlights of the past twelve months in politics, pop culture, the economy, and entertainment.
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This week CNN International's CNN NewsCenter will feature a series of CNN Freedom Project reports on the issue of child brides.
Watch Sumnima Udas' report on the pros and cons of arranged marriage in India.
Watch Arwa Damon's report on young Afghan girls forced into marriage.
Watch Robyn Curnow's report on the act of child bride kidnappings in South Africa.
'CNN NewsCenter' is CNNI’s new half-hour news program that takes viewers through the day’s big stories of global importance. Broadcast live from CNN’s newsroom in Atlanta, 'CNN NewsCenter' is anchored by Isha Sesay and airs weekdays at 1530ET.
CNN's Arwa Damon (@ArwaCNN) spoke to CNN NewsCenter anchor Isha Sesay (@IshaSesayCNN) about who could be behind the two car bombs that killed dozens of civilians in Damascus on Thursday.
Follow CNN NewsCenter – CNN International's new global news program – on Twitter @CNNNewsCenter and tune in weekdays at 1530ET on CNNI.
On Monday Isha Sesay anchored the premiere of CNN NewsCenter, a half-hour news program that takes viewers through the day's big stories. Broadcast from CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, CNN NewsCenter airs immediately after Amanpour at 1530ET on CNN International. Follow Isha on Twitter at @IshaSesayCNN.