Goldziher Prize Award Ceremony : May 2, 2019

The National Press Club in Washington, DC. The Goldziher (Gold-zi-air) Prize is an award for excellence in the coverage of Muslim Americans by an individual or team of U.S. journalists.

The six 2019 winners are, from left to right: Sana Ullah, photography; Hannah Allam, writing; Leila Fadel, audio, Zainab Sultan and Si Chen, film; and Aymann Ismail, video.

2019 Winners

Leila Fadel, for Muslims in America: A New Generation, a groundbreaking, six-part series broadcast on National Public Radio. These intimate and surprising stories explore the unseen lives of U.S. Muslims at a time when anti-Islamic sentiment surpasses the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Hannah Allam, for a yearlong series of BuzzFeed News articles that captures how external pressures are forcing internal debates among U.S. Muslims. These deeply reported stories, ranging from Here's What Happens When Someone Burns Down Your Mosque to Inside A Summer Camp Where Kids Figure Out How To Be Muslim In America, reveal a community at once fearful and defiant as violence against Muslims rises.

Aymann Ismail, for Who's Afraid of Aymann Ismail?, a video series for Slate Magazine in which Mr. Ismail, a talented young journalist, meets with anti-Muslim activists, state legislators, and his own family to find out if there really is anything to fear about American Muslims.

Sana Ullah, for Places You’ll Pray, a collection of vibrant images of young American Muslims praying in public spaces outside of a mosque. The series was created by Ms. Ullah as a student at George Washington University, and these photos have since been published in Huffington Post, Fusion, Quartz and other outlets.

Zainab Sultan and Si Chen, for Worthy of Love, a short documentary video produced by students at the Columbia School of Journalism. This is high caliber reporting on critical and taboo issues in Muslim American communities, which combines great storytelling and excellent production values.


Goldziher Prize Award Ceremony : May 3, 2017

The National Press Club in Washington, DC. The three winners were Joshua Seftel, Samuel Freedman, and Robin Wright. Wajahat Ali served as emcee.

Video highlights - 12 minutes:


2017 Winners

Joshua Seftel, for “The Secret Life of Muslims,” a multi-platform series of short non-fiction films that reveals the lives of American Muslims through their careers, talents, and accomplishments. Seftel is a filmmaker and director whose award-winning productions have covered issues such as Romanian orphans (Lost and Found, 1991), the rights of senior citizens (Old Warrior, 1994), political intrigue (Taking on the Kennedys, 1996), air quality issues (Breaking the Mold, 2003), and commercial interests that drive war (War, Inc., 2008). His work has appeared on HBO, NPR, and Showtime. 

Samuel Freedman, for a selection of columns in The New York Times from 2010 through 2016 that chronicle American Muslims, emphasizing the normal, productive lives of these citizens, and pushing back against Islamophobia. Freedman was a staff reporter for The New York Times from 1981 through 1987 and wrote the column On Religion from 2006 through 2016. From 2004 through 2008, he wrote the column On Education which won first prize in the Education Writers Association’s annual competition. He was also a regular columnist on American Jewish issues for the The Jerusalem Post from 2005 through 2009.

Robin Wright, for “Muslim Heroes, Writers, Artists and an Athlete in America,” a series of five articles in The New Yorker that reflects the rich and many-sided contributions of Muslims to the American experience. Wright has been a contributor to The New Yorker since 1988. A former correspondent for The Washington Post, CBS News, the Los Angeles Times, and The Sunday Times of London, she has reported from more than 140 countries. She is currently a joint fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

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