Maria Moors Cabot Prizes

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The Maria Moors Cabot Prizes are the oldest international awards in the field of journalism.[1] They are presented each fall by the Trustees of Columbia University to journalists in the Western hemisphere who are viewed as having made a significant contributions to upholding freedom of the press in the Americas and Inter-American understanding. Since 2003, the prize can be awarded to an organization instead of an individual.[2]


The American Boston industrialist and philanthropist, Godfrey Lowell Cabot, who founded the Cabot Corporation and was also a major benefactor of both MIT and Harvard, where the general science library is named in his honor, established the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes in 1938, in memory of his wife.[3]

The prizes have been awarded annually since 1939, by the Trustees of Columbia University in the City of New York, on recommendation of the dean of the Graduate School of Journalism and the Cabot Prize Board, which is composed of journalists and educators.

The awards board consists of the following persons:

Tracy Wilkinson, from Los Angeles Times where she covered the Iraq War, among others.

Carlos Dada, Salvadoran journalist, founder and director of El Faro. He won the Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2011.

John Dinges, The Godfrey Lowell Cabot Professor of Journalism at Columbia University is an author and journalist specializing in Latin America. He received a Maria Moors Cabot Prizes medal in 1992.

Juan Enriquez Cabot, Authority on economic and political impacts of life sciences. Best-selling author; speaker; investor/co-founder in multiple start up companies; board member for both private and public companies/non-profits. Former founding Director of Life Sciences Project at Harvard Business School.

June Carolyn Erlick, editor-in-chief of ReVista, the Harvard Review of Latin America.

Gustavo Gorritti, Peruvian journalist, the founder of lDL Reporteros. He is a recipient of a Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University and a winner of the Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 1992 and the FNPI Gabriel García Marquez award. Expert in Peruvian internal war and anti corruption investigation.

Carlos Lauría, Americas Program Coordinator at the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Julia Preston, national correspondent for The New York Times. Preston received a Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 1997.

María Teresa Ronderos, Serves as Director of Ronderos is an editorial advisor to Semana. She received the King of Spain Ibero-American Award in 1997 and received a Maria Moors Cabot Prize in 2007.

Paulo Sotero, director of the Brazil Institute of the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C.[4]


Three to four medalists from the United States, Latin America, and Canada are selected each year. Prize winners receive the Cabot medal and a $5,000 honorarium, plus travel expenses to New York City and hotel accommodations for the presentation ceremony.

As of 2014, 273 Cabot gold medals and 56 special citations have been awarded to journalists from more than 30 countries in the Americas.

Year Honorees Country
2012 Teodoro Petkoff   Venezuela
Miguel Ángel Bastenier   Colombia
Juan Forero   United States
David Luhnow   United States
El Universo   Ecuador
2011 Arizona Daily Star   United States
El Diario de Juárez   Mexico
Ríodoce   Mexico
Carlos Dada   El Salvador
Jean-Michel Leprince   Canada
2010 Tyler Bridges   United States
Carlos Fernando Chamorro   Nicaragua
Norman Gall   United States
Joaquim Ibarz   Spain
Signal FM radio station   Haiti
CNN and Anderson Cooper 360°   United States
2009 Anthony DePalma   United States
Christopher Hawley   United States
Merval Pereira   Brazil
Yoani Sánchez   Cuba
2008 Carmen Aristegui Flores   Mexico
Sam Quiñones   United States
Gustavo Sierra   Argentina
Michael Smith   United States
2007 Alfredo Corchado   Mexico
José Vales   Mexico
María Teresa Ronderos   Colombia
Gary T. Marx   United States
2006 Mario Vargas Llosa   Peru
Ginger Thompson   United States
José Hamilton Ribeiro   Brazil
Matt Moffet   United States
2005 Miriam Leitão   Brazil
Tim Padgett   United States
Mabel Rehnfeldt   Paraguay
S. Lynne Walker   United States
La Nación   Costa Rica
2004 Gerardo Reyes (journalist)   United States
Daniel Santoro   Argentina
Elena Poniatowska   Mexico
Joel Millman   United States
Alberto Ibargüen   United States
2003 João Antônio Barros   Brazil
Raúl Kraiselburd   Argentina
Mac Margolis   United States
Michael Reid   United Kingdom
Sociedad de Periodistas Manuel Márquez Sterling   Cuba
2002 David C. Adams   United States
Sergio Luis Carreras   Argentina
Michèle Montas   Haiti
Robert J. Rivard   United States
2001 Monica Gonzalez   Chile
Jorge Ramos   United States
Clóvis Rossi   Brazil
Sebastian R. Rotella   United States
2000 Eloy O. Aguilar   Mexico
Paul Knox   Canada
Francisco Santos   Colombia
Ricardo Uceda   Peru
Lloyd Williams   Jamaica
1999 James McClatchy   United States
Raúl Rivero   Cuba
Linda Robinson   United States
Juan Tamayo   United States
Jorge Zepeda Patterson   Mexico
1998 Jesús Blancornelas   Mexico
Edmundo Cruz Vílchez   Peru
Andrés Oppenheimer   United States
William Lawrence Rohter, Jr.   United States
1997 Gerardo Bedoya   Colombia
José de Córdoba   United States
Jorge Fontevecchia   Argentina
Julia Preston   United States
Enrique Santos Castillo   Colombia
Hernando Santos Castillo   Colombia
1996 Dudley Althaus   United States
Ramón Garza García   Mexico
Timothy Jay Johnson   United States
Eduardo Ulibarri   Costa Rica
1995 Roberto Eisenmann   Panama
Douglas Farah   United States
Canute James   Jamaica
Geri Smith   United States
José Zamora Marroquín   Guatemala
1994 James Brooke   United States
Mauricio Funes   El Salvador
Susan Meiselas   United States
Oscar Serrat   Argentina
1993 Pamela Constable   United States
Manuel de Dios   United States
Edward Seaton   United States
Patricia Verdugo   Chile
1992 Danilo Arbilla   Uruguay
Sam Dillon   United States
John Dinges   United States
Gustavo Gorriti   Peru
1991 Ricardo Arnt   Brazil
Gilberto Dimenstein   Brazil
Otavio Frias Filho   Brazil
Eduardo Gallardo   Chile
Alejandro Junco de la Vega   Mexico
1990 Richard Boudreaux   United States
Huascar Cajias Kauffman   Bolivia
Elsie Etheart   Haiti
Alma Guillermoprieto   Mexico
Carlos Lins da Silva   Brazil
Lucia Newman   United States
1989 Felipe López Caballero   Colombia
Humberto Rubín Schvartzman   Paraguay
Juan M. Vazquez   United States
Arturo Villar   United States
1988 Nicholas Clark Asheshov   Peru
Roberto Civita   Brazil
Stephen Kinzer   United States
Hermenegildo Sábat   Argentina
1987 Luis Camacho (posthumous)   Colombia
Guillermo Cano Isaza (posthumous)   Colombia
Raúl Echavarría Barrientos   Colombia
Guy Gugliotta   United States
Luis Levy   Brazil
Roberto Muller   Brazil
Paulo Sotero   Brazil
1986 Dario Arizmendi   Colombia
Alfonso Chardy   United States
Hugh O'Shaughnessy   United Kingdom
Julio Rajneri   Argentina
Guillermo Sánchez Borbón   Panama
Gavin Scott   United States
1985 Shirley Christian   United States
Dery Dyer   Costa Rica
Richard Dyer   Costa Rica
William H. Heath   United States
Rafael Herrera   Dominican Republic
Andrew Morrison   Guyana
Aldo Zuccolillo   Paraguay
1984 William Buzenberg   United States
Kenneth Gordon   Trinidad and Tobago
John Hoagland (posthumous)   United States
Harold Hoyte   Barbados
Alister Hughes   Grenada
Cynthia Hughes   Grenada
Frank Manitzas   United States
1983 Jack Fendell   United States
Emilio Filippi   Chile
Everett Martin   United States
Marcel Neidergang   France
1982 Frances Grant   United States
William R. Long   United States
Daniel Samper   Colombia
1981 Karen DeYoung   United States
Marlise Simons   Netherlands
Stanley Swinton   United States
Jacobo Timerman   Argentina
1980 Richard T. Baker   United States
Guido Fernández   Costa Rica
Penny Lernoux   United States
Alan Riding   United States
Bill Stewart (posthumous)   United States
1979 Leslie Ashenheim   Jamaica
Jerry Hannifin   United States
Andrew Heiskell   United States
Jeremiah O'Leary   United States
Juan Zuleta Ferrer   Colombia
1978 Joseph Benham   United States
Carlos Castelo Branco   Brazil
Robert Cox   Argentina
Carl Migdail   United States
1977 Pedro Joaquín Chamorro Cardenal   Nicaragua
Jonathan Kandell   United States
Joseph A. Taylor   United States
Anita von Kahler Gumpert   United States
1976 Robert U. Brown   United States
Bernard Diederich   United States
Germán Ornes   Dominican Republic
Jorge Remonda-Ruibal   Argentina
1975 Walter Everett (journalist)   United States
Norman Ingrey   Argentina
David Kraiselburd (posthumous)   Argentina
Sam Summerlin   United States
Enrique Zileri Gibson   Peru
1974 Donald Bohning   United States
William Montalbano   United States
Fernando Pedreira   Brazil
1973 David F. Belnap   United States
Donald Casey   United States
Diana Julio de Massot   Argentina
1972 Pedro Beltrán   Peru
Tom Steithorst   United States
Arturo Uslar Pietri   Venezuela
1971 Juan Carlos Colombres (Landrú)   Argentina
Georgie Anne Geyer   United States
Julio Scherer García   Mexico
1970 Alberto Dines   Brazil
John Goshko   United States
John Harbron   Canada
1969 Alceu Amoroso Lima   Brazil
Edward W. Barrett   United States
George Beebe   United States
Luis Gabriel Cano   Colombia
1968 Robert Bellerez   United States
Alberto Gainza Paz   Argentina
Guillermo Gutiérrez   United States
Argentina Hills   Puerto Rico
José Joaquin Salcedo   Colombia
1967 Peter Aldor   Colombia
James S. Copley   United States
James Goodsell   United States
M.F. Nascimento Brito   Brazil
Ramón J. Velásquez   Venezuela
1966 Alberto Cellario   United States
Agustín Edwards Eastman   Chile
Paul Kidd (journalist)   Canada
1965 Gesford Fine   United States
Roberto Marinho   Brazil
Victoria Ocampo   Argentina
Paul Sanders   United States
1964 Hugo Fernández Artucio   Uruguay
Bertram Johansson   United States
Enrique Nores   Argentina
Virginia Prewett   United States
1963 Germán Arciniegas   Colombia
William Barlow   United States
Jorge Fernández   Ecuador
Juan de Onis   United States
Juan Valmaggia   Argentina
1962 Raúl Fontaina   Uruguay
John R. Herbert   United States
Rodolfo Junco de la Vega   Mexico
John Shively Knight   United States
1961 Alejandro Carrión   Ecuador
Fernando Gómez Martínez   Colombia
Albert Nevins   United States
Rómulo O'Farrill   Mexico
John T. O'Rourke   United States
1960 James Canel   United States
José Dutriz, Jr.   El Salvador
Rodolfo Luque   Argentina
William M. Pepper, Jr.   United States
Eduardo Santos   Colombia
1959 Ricardo Castro Beeche   Costa Rica
Clement Hellyer   United States
Juan A. Ramírez   Uruguay
Tad Szulc   United States
Hernane Tavares de Sá   Brazil
1958 Emilio Azcárraga Vidaurreta   Mexico
Eduardo Cardenas   United States
Jesús Hernández Chapellín   Venezuela
Miguel Angel Quevedo   Cuba
1957 Paulo Bittencourt   Brazil
Luis Franzini   Uruguay
Harry W. Frantz   United States
John Shively Knight   United States
Miguel Lanz Duret   Mexico
Carlos Mantilla   Ecuador
Roberto Marinho   Brazil
Guillermo Martínez Márquez   Cuba
Herbert Moses   Brazil
John T. O'Rourke   United States
René Silva Espejo   Chile
James Geddes Stahlman   United States
Tom Wallace   United States
1956 Carl W. Ackerman   United States
Jesús Alvarez del Castillo   Mexico
Roberto García Peña   Colombia
Herbert Matthews   United States
David Torino   Argentina
1955 Pedro Beltrán   Peru
Breno Caldas   Brazil
John Oliver LaGorce   United States
Roberto Noble   Argentina
A. T. Steele   United States
1954 Gabriel Cano   Colombia
Sidney Fletcher   Jamaica
Danton Jobim   Brazil
Carlos Ramirez MacGregor   Venezuela
Lloyd Statton   United States
1953 Crede Clahoun   United States
Carlos Lacerda   Brazil
Ismael Pérez Castro   Ecuador
Arturo Schaerer   Paraguay
1952 Antonio Arias Bernal   Mexico
Austregésilo de Athayde   Brazil
Jorge Délano Frederick (Coke)   Chile
Jules Dubois   United States
Juan B. Fernández   Colombia
1951 Elmano Cardim   Brazil
Julio Garzón   United States
Ramón León   Venezuela
Francisco María Núñez   Costa Rica
1950 John Brogan   United States
María Constanza Huergo   Argentina
Jesús María Pellín   Venezuela
Joshua Powers   United States
Ángel Ramos   Puerto Rico
1949 Milton Bracker   United States
Eduardo Rodriguez Larreta   Uruguay
José Santiago Castillo   Ecuador
1948 Manuel Cineros Sánchez   Peru
Joseph L. Jones   United States
Orlando Ribeiro Dantas   Brazil
Alfredo Silva-Carballo   Chile
1947 Carlos Aramayo   Bolivia
Alberto Lleras Camargo   Colombia
David Vela   Guatemala
1946 Grant Dexter   Canada
Lee Hills   United States
Miguel Lanz Duret   Mexico
1945 Assis Chateaubriand   Brazil
Luis Teófilo Nuñez   Venezuela
Tom Wallace   United States
1944 Carlos Mantilla Ortega   Ecuador
Albert McGeachy   Panama
Jorge Pinto   El Salvador
1943 Pedro Cue   Cuba
Rodrigo de Llano   Mexico
Edward Tomlinson   United States
1942 Lorenzo Batlle Pacheco   Uruguay
Luis Mitre   Argentina
1941 Paulo Bittencourt   Brazil
Sylvia de Arruda Botelho Bittencourt   Brazil
Carlos Dávila   Chile
José Ignacio Rivero   Cuba
1940 Agustín Edwards Mac Clure   Chile
James Irving Miller   United States
Enrique Santos Montejo   Colombia
Rafael Heliodoro Valle   Honduras
1939 Luis Miró Quesada de la Guerra   Peru
José Santos Gollan   Argentina


The winners of the award are announced between May and July, and the prizes are presented by the President of Columbia University each fall, at a ceremony in the rotunda of Low Memorial Library.

Yoani Sánchez caseEdit

In 2009, 34-year-old Cuban writer Yoani Sánchez became the first blogger to win the Maria Moors Cabot Prize. The award was given for her blog, Generación Y, which contained much criticism of the Cuban regime. Sánchez was denied an exit visa to travel to New York to receive her prize.[5]


  1. ^ "History of the Cabot Prize". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2011-04-12. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  2. ^ "Cabot Prize". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  3. ^ "Cabot Prize". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2016-01-16. Retrieved 22 November 2020.
  4. ^ "Cabot Board of Judges". Columbia University. Archived from the original on 2012-12-21.
  5. ^ Larry Rohter (October 17, 2009). "Yoani Sánchez: Virtually Outspoken in Cuba". Retrieved 22 November 2020.

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