West Africa bureau chief for the Associated Press, Rukmini Callimachi, is to receive the McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage from the University of Georgia Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication and its McGill Program in Journalistic Courage.

Ms. Callimachi’s selection was made by the 2011 McGill Fellows who were impressed that she “frequently sacrificed her safety for her stories operating on the principle that tragedies and disasters are important because of the people they affect,” said Stayam Kaswala, the McGill Fellow who researched the nomination, in a news release.

The McGill Medal is named for Ralph McGill, the late editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution who is known for his editorials challenging racial segregation in the 1950s and 1960s.

AP editor Mary Rajkumar nominated Ms. Callimachi for her reporting of mass killings that occurred last year in the Ivory Coast. Ms. Callimachi is currently in Dakar, Senegal, covering the presidential elections there.

John Greenman of the UGA news service said that a date for the award ceremony is scheduled for some time in April, but a specific date won’t be set until the Senegalese elections are over and Ms. Callimachi is available to travel to Athens.

Ms. Callimachi received the 2011 Eugene S. Pulliam Journalism Writing Award for an article on the collapse of Haiti’s Hotel Montana and the earthquake victims found there.

Born in Romania and raised in Switzerland and the U.S., Ms. Callimachi is a graduate of Dartmouth College and holds a master’s degree in linguistics from Oxford University’s Exeter College. She joined the AP in 2003.

The McGill Program in journalistic courage is in its fourth year. To learn more about the program, contact Mr. Greenman at (706) 542-1081 or send an email to jgreenma@uga.edu

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