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Estlow International Center for Journalism and New Media

Ed Estlow, Lynn Schofield Clark, Danny McIntosh, and Julia Ioffe

Estlow Center for International Journalism and New Media

Past Awardees

Anvil of Freedom Award Recipients

2019-2020: Cindy Carcamo

Cindy Carcamo

The 2019-2020 Anvil of Freedom Award was presented to Cindy Carcamo at the first ever Colorado Migrahack. Carcamo spoke to almost 200 attendees at the kickoff breakfast for the Migrahack about her experiences reporting on immigration and the immigrant experience. 

Cindy Carcamo is a journalist with the Los Angeles Times covering immigration issues. Previously, she was Arizona bureau chief and a national correspondent for The Times, focusing on border and immigration issues in the Southwest. A Los Angeles native, she has reported in Argentina and Mexico during her time as an Inter American Press Assn. scholar and as a reporter for the Orange County Register. She's also reported from Guatemala and Honduras where her coverage was part of a team Overseas Press Club Award. She is also the recipient of the French-American Foundation's 2012 Immigration Journalism Award and was a finalist for the 2012 PEN Center USA Literary Award in Journalism and 2011 Livingston Award. 

2018-19: Alexander Heffner

Alexander HeffnerThe Estlow Center hosted Alexander Heffner as the 2018-2019 Anvil of Freedom honoree and lecturer. Heffner spoke twice to students, faculty, and DU community members, lecturing and hosting discussions on "Civil Discourse in an Uncivil Age: The Quest for a Post-Partisan Citizenship" and "The Twitter Effect: Seeing Donald Trump's Tweets in Historical Perspective." Mr. Heffner also signed copies of his most recent edition of, A Documentary History of the United States , at a reception in his honor. 

Heffner is host of "The Open Mind" on PBS. He has covered American politics, civic life, and Millennials since the 2008 presidential campaign. His work has been profiled in The Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Des Moines Register, Christian Science Monitor, Variety, Medium, and on NBC News, MSNBC, C-SPAN, NPR CNN, BBC, and ABC, among other media outlets. His writing has appeared in Time, USA TODAY, Daily Beast, Reuters, RealClearPolitics, NYT's Room for Debate, The Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, and Philadelphia Inquirer, among other publications.

2017–18: Kimberly Kindy

Kimberly Kindy speaks at the Estlow Luncheon during Real News DayThe 25th Anniversary Anvil of Freedom Award was presented to Washington Post investigative reporter Kimberly Kindy. Kindy's name initially came to the attention of the Estlow Center as a news leader in the Post's 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on police shootings. The award in the "National Reporting" category — which the Post has won three times in the past three years — recognized the newspaper for "its revelatory initiative in creating and using a national database to illustrate how often and why the police shoot to kill and who the victims are most likely to be."

Kindy spoke at the Anvil of Freedom luncheon during  Real News Day, a day of programming to celebrate journalism and journalists put on by the University of Denver and the Denver Press Club and recognized in a proclamation marking the event by Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. She spoke to a crowd of students, faculty, staff, alumni, community members, and representatives of the Denver Post about telling the truth in news, and the fight to keep local, fact-based news alive.

Recently, Kindy has covered for the Post former congressional staffers who are calling for policy changes and for sexual-harassment training in the U.S. Capitol. She has also reported on the ongoing climate-related crises in Florida and Houston, holding the Federal Emergency Management Agency accountable for keeping its promises to flood and hurricane victims, as well as the scrutiny of Confederate monuments and the rise of white-nationalist movements.

2016–17: Julianne Malveaux

Julianne MalveauxJulianne Malveaux was selected as the Estlow lecturer and recipient of the University of Denver's 2017 Anvil of Freedom award in recognition of the publication of her book Are we better off? Race, Obama and Public Policy, published in February 2016. This book is a compilation of Malveaux's columns that offer a review of the highs and lows of the Obama presidency from an African American perspective.

Malveaux gave the breakfast keynote speech at DU's 2017 Diversity Summit. She spoke about the economic outcomes we can expect from the current administration and calling upon journalists to speak for the underrepresented and to aspire to honesty in each publication. She tied the discussion back to the theme of the Diversity Summit, encouraging students and other attendees to speak out and to seek out new voices, asserting that we cannot build better communities if we do not work to  communicate better with one another.

Malveaux is a journalist, author and economist, and has been a regular commentator on CNN, PBS, NBC, BET, and FOX among others, and her columns have appeared in USA Today, Ms. Magazine and more. Her writings provide insights on a range of topics, including the merits of minority-owned businesses and black entrepreneurship, the payday-loan debt system that traps many moderate- and low-income people in poverty, and the societal benefits of a livable minimum wage. For five years Malveaux served as president of Bennett College, which, along with Spelman College, is one of only two historically black all-women colleges. During the election season, Malveaux called for both presidential candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, to address the nation's poor and hungry in their debates.

2015–16: Lourdes Garcia-Navarro



NPR South America correspondent Lourdes Garcia-Navarro was the recipient of the 2016 Estlow Anvil of Freedom Award for her multimedia piece "Look at This: Rain Forest Was Here," which includes photo and audio coverage of how deforestation in the Amazon rainforest might be linked to São Paulo's drought and to worldwide climate change. She served as a keynote speaker for the University of Denver's third annual Internationalization Summit.

Garcia-Navarro presented "Parallel Lives: Stories From an Interconnected World," touching on many of the discussions she had had with students during her visit and speaking of the power of dissent, changing systems the potential impeachment of Dilma Roussef (then Brazil's president), the Zika virus, the Panama Papers leaks and the role of the journalist in it all.

Garcia-Navarro is based in São Paulo, Brazil. Previously, she served as NPR's correspondent in Israel, reporting on stories throughout the Middle East. Garcia-Navarro received several awards for her work covering the Arab Spring.

2014–15: Michelle Bernard

Michelle Bernard

MSNBC commentator and Bernard Center President Michelle Bernard was the recipient of the 2015 Estlow Anvil of Freedom Award for her contributions to inclusive excellence and increased democratic understanding through journalistic work. She served as a keynote speaker for the University of Denver's 14th annual Diversity Summit.

In her lecture, titled "America's Promise: Moving America Toward True Racial, Social and Gender Justice," Bernard recalled how much her parents had taken inspiration from the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s 1963 march on Washington for jobs and freedom. Her parents were Jamaican immigrants concerned with teaching their four children the importance of becoming foot soldiers for equality, emphasized education, justice and freedom for all humankind. Bernard reflected on some of the unsung heroes who worked for justice in the early days of the civil-rights movement, stories she shared in her book  Moving America Toward Justice: The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law . She wove those stories with those of the heroes highlighted in the 2014 feature film Selma, which beautifully illustrates the importance of voice, ending with an inspirational comment on how, following these examples of history, we can move forward from today's protests and riots to discussions of advocacy and policy change that ensure improved human and civil rights for all people in America and beyond.

Michelle Bernard's journalistic writings and commentary have focused on domestic and foreign policy, including matters of racial, social, and gender justice, as well as the advancement of democracy, economic liberty and the human rights of women and ethnic and religious minorities across the world. She was honored as "Rising Star" in the November 2014 issue of Essence magazine and also is the author of Women's Progress: How Women Are Wealthier, Healthier and More Independent Than Ever Before . Bernard is on the board of directors of the Coalition for Opportunity in Education, is a member of the Women's Forum of Washington, D.C., and holds several other leadership positions.

2013–14: Gabriella Coleman

Gabriella Coleman

Author and professor Gabriella Coleman was honored as the 2013–14 recipient of the Anvil of Freedom Award for her outstanding research that resulted in the book on the "hacktivist" group Anonymous titled  Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy , released weeks after her visit to the University of Denver. Anonymous, the subject of her research, is a key player in the unfolding developments related to Wikileaks, the Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street and more recent cyberattacks such as attempts to identify police involved in the shooting of civilians. Its members have led campaigns against the motion-picture and recording industries' attempts to contain piracy, and they have posed a unique challenge for journalists because of their secrecy and hyper-aware media sensibilities. Coleman spoke of these activities as harbingers for the extremes of free expression for her Estlow lecture, which coincided with the 15th annual meeting of the Association of Internet Researchers for which the University of Denver served as a host.

2012–13: Bill McKibben

Bill McKibben

Author and environmental activist Bill McKibben was honored in 2012–13 for the release of his book and subsequent work exposing climate change in Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet . His talk at the University of Denver also was a part of the Journalism That Matters event preceding the meeting of the National Conference for Media Reform. In his Estlow Lecture, McKibben urged the audience to pay attention to the science and begin to think about ways we as a society can scale back and focus on building a community that will allow us to manage the trouble climate change is rendering on an unprecedented scale. The Denver Post livestreamed his talk, and the event was the first Estlow lecture to have a live Twitter feed in the background.

2011–12: Ushahidi

Juliana Rotich

The 2012 Anvil of Freedom award went to the nonprofit organization Ushahidi. Juliana Rotich, Ushahidi cofounder and executive director, accepted the award. Ushahidi, which means "testimony" in Swahili, uses crowdsourced crisis mapping to foster citizen journalism. Anyone anywhere in the world can use the Ushahidi platform to report vital information from cell phones or computers. The information is then uploaded quickly — almost in real time — to maps that reveal where instances of violence, sickness or destruction have occurred, enabling human-services organizations to respond quickly. Read the full story here.

2010–11: Free Press

Craig Aaron

Free Press is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that is working to reform the media. Free Press was launched in late 2002 by media scholar Robert W. McChesney and Josh Silver, who served as the organization's longtime president and CEO. Craig Aaron, Free Press' former managing director, succeeded Silver as president and CEO in April 2011 and spoke at the University of Denver in October of that year as Free Press received the 2010-11 Anvil of Freedom Award. Today Free Press is the largest media reform organization in the United States, with nearly half a million activists and members and a full-time staff of more than 40 based in Washington, D.C., and Florence, Massachusetts.

2009–10: Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy

Mona Eltahawy, a Muslim feminist journalist whose work regularly appears in the Western and Arab press, was the 2010 Anvil of Freedom Award honoree. Eltahawy was a news reporter in the Middle East for many years before coming to the United States in 2000. Now a New York-based freelance columnist, Eltahawy publishes her work in many international and national publications including The New York Times and the Washington Post. Prior to receiving the award, Eltahawy gave a talk to about 160 students, faculty and staff who attended a luncheon at DU in her honor. She described herself as a liberal, feminist, Muslim journalist who wants to change the way people view Muslims. After receiving this award she went on to become a prominent voice during the Egyptian revolution and continues to be an outspoken voice for feminism and Islam.

2008–09: Global Voices Online

Ethan Zuckerman

Global Voices Online defines itself as "a community of more than 300 bloggers and translators around the world who work together to bring you reports from blogs and citizen media everywhere, with emphasis on voices that are not ordinarily heard in international mainstream media. Global Voices was selected for its organization's outstanding commitment to bridging cultural and linguistic differences through weblogs created and maintained by journalists and citizen journalists from many parts of the developing world. Global Voices Online strives to empower world citizens from disadvantaged nations to participate more fully in global dialogues while simultaneously raising the profiles of the concerns raised through those dialogues for a global audience. It is the world's largest translation project. Ethan Zuckerman of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society was present at the event to accept the award on behalf of Global Voices Online.

2007–08: Renee Montagne

Renee Montagne

The Estlow Center for Journalism and New Media honored Renee Montagne, host of NPR's "Morning Edition," as the 2008 recipient of the Anvil of Freedom Award in recognition of Montagne's outstanding journalistic efforts in covering diverse communities and specifically recognizes her work on the homeless community in Los Angeles, and on women and others who are disempowered in Afghanistan.


2006–07: Jim Amoss

Jim Amoss

Jim Amoss, editor of the New Orleans Times-Picayune, received the 2007 Anvil of Freedom Award at the University of Denver on April 24, 2007. Amoss was honored for his paper's outstanding work in serving the local community through a disaster, exposing the failures of the Federal Emergency Management Agency at the national level and for keeping the region's recovery efforts on the national and international agenda. He spoke to a group of more than 60 on a snowy April evening, reminding students, fellow journalists, educators and members of the public of the importance of local news as a "guide to living." His remarks followed live jazz piano music from Henry Butler, who relocated to Denver from New Orleans after the hurricane-related floods of 2005. Greg Moore of the Denver Post introduced Amoss and presented his award, along with University of Denver Chancellor Bob Coombe, Ed and Charlotte Estlow, and Estlow Center Director Lynn Schofield Clark.

2005–06: Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer

Bob Schieffer served as the anchor of the Saturday edition of CBS's "Evening News" for 23 years and interim weekday anchor from March 2005 to August 31, 2006 . He was chief Washington correspondent since 1982 and moderator of "Face the Nation" since 1991. He moderated the third presidential debate between U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and John McCain in 2008 and the third presidential debate between President George W. Bush and Sen. John Kerry in 2004, and has received virtually every award in broadcasting, including eight Emmys and the Edward R. Murrow Award.

2004–05: Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse

Linda Greenhouse received the Anvil of Freedom Award and delivered the Estlow Lecture on May 4, 2005. A New York Times reporter on the Supreme Court for three decades, she was the 1998 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for beat reporting and is author of the biography Becoming Justice Blackmun: Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey .



 2003–04: Floyd Abrams

Floyd Abrams

Floyd Abrams, one of the nation's most prominent First Amendment attorneys, gave the Estlow Lecture titled "The Bush Administration and the First Amendment" before approximately 200 students, faculty and community members on Monday, April 26, 2004 in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the University of Denver campus. We congratulate Abrams on the 2011 Yale Law School announcement of the formation of the Floyd Abrams Institute for Freedom of Expression.

2002–03: Geneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser

Geneva Overholser, Pulitzer-Prize winning editor for the Des Moines Register, syndicated journalist and Stanley Foundation trustee, received the 2002 Anvil of Freedom Award on October 22, 2002, at the University of Denver. Overholser accepted the award presented by Edward W. Estlow and gave a speech titled "What Good is Journalism?"

Find this and more of Overholser's speeches here.

2001-02: Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham

Katharine Graham, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and long-time editor-in-chief of the Washington Post, was chosen by the Estlow Center's advisory committee as the 2001–02 Anvil of Freedom Award. Read about her here




2000–2001: William R. Burleigh

William Burleigh

William R. Burleigh, former CEO, president and chairman of the board of the E. W. Scripps Co., received the 2000-2001 Anvil of Freedom award on October 14, 1999, from Edward W. Estlow (right).


 1999–2000: Helen Thomas

 Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas, columnist, correspondent and White House bureau chief for United Press International, received the 1999–2000 Anvil of Freedom award. She presented the Estlow Lecture on October 15, 1998.


1998–99: Allen H. Neuharth

Allen Neuharth

Allen H. Neuharth, founder of USA Today and the Freedom Forum, former CEO of Gannett Corp.




1997–98: David S. Broder

David Broder

David S. Broder, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, national political writer for the Washington Post, accepted the 1996–97 Anvil of Freedom award and provided the Estlow Lecture on April 2, 1997.

He earned a mention in two books chronicling the media's coverage of the 1972 presidential campaign between Richard Nixon and George McGovern, including Timothy Crouse's The Boys on the Bus and Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson's Fear and Loathing: On the Campaign Trail '72.

Broder's work was also cited in two autobiographies by key figures in the history of The Washington Post: Personal History by Post publisher Katharine Graham in 1997 and A Good Life: Newspapering and Other Adventures by Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in 1995. More recently, Broder was included in former Post columnist Dave Kindred's 2010 book on the paper's struggles in the changing media landscape: Morning Miracle: A Great Newspaper Fights for Its Life. Broder is also mentioned in President Bill Clinton's biography First in His Class by David Maraniss.

Upon Broder's death, President Barack Obama called him the "most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation." 


Edward W. Estlow Lectures

The Estlow Lecture is an annual event started in 1992 by Jean Otto, former Estlow chair of professional kournalism in the School of Communication at the University of Denver, and Edward W. Estlow, a distinguished DU alumnus and retired president of Scripps-Howard. The event culminates with a speech on the University of Denver campus by a noteworthy national leader.

1995–96: Louis D. Boccardi
President and CEO of the Associated Press

1994–95: Richard M. Schmidt Jr.
Distinguished First Amendment attorney, broadcaster, prosecutor, former general counsel, United States Information Agency

1993–94: Michael Gartner
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, lawyer, former president of NBC News

1992-93: James Squires
Former editor of the Chicago Tribune.