Winner 2017

Fall of ISIS In Iraq and Syria


Intense dramatic reporting from CNN’s war reporters revealed many sides of the fall of ISIS, and the devastation left in its wake. Nick Paton Walsh and his team had rare access to the final moments of the push against ISIS in the Old City of Mosul, seeing firsthand the fight for the symbolic Al-Nuri mosque. In an ongoing story that has been covered extensively, CNN impressed by providing refreshing angles and the creative use of technology. Stunning drone footage shot by freelance photographer Gabriel Chaim captured the incredible scope of ruined neighborhoods, while Atika Shubert and her team showed how WhatsApp voice messages became a lifeline between a Syrian woman living in the Netherlands and her daughter and grandson desperately trying to escape Raqqa as the fighting intensified. Arwa Damon gave us affecting stories of passion and humanity in a place overshadowed by death and destruction. For its continued investment in such war coverage, especially as global conflicts simmer, we commend CNN and honor it with a Peabody Award.


Correspondents: Nick Paton Walsh, Arwa Damon, Ben Wedeman, Fred Pleitgen, Jomana Karadsheh, Nima Elbagir, Atika Shubert. Producers: Salma Abdelaziz, Hamdi Alkhshali, Ghazi Balkiz, Ingrid Formanek, Mohammed Tawfeeq, Kareem Khadder, Mick Krever, Sebastian Shukla, Dominique Van Heerden. CNN Photojournalists: Brice Lain, Alessandro Gentile, Mary Rogers, Aqeel Najim, William Bonnett, Scott McWhinnie, Mark Phillips, Brad Olson, Clayton Nagel, Chris Jackson, Christian Streib, Cameron Stewart. Embedded Photojournalist and Drone Operator: Gabriel Chaim. President, CNN Worldwide: Jeff Zucker. Executive Vice President and Managing Director, CNN International: Tony Maddox. Senior VP, CNNI Newsgathering–TV and Digital: Deborah Rayner. VP and Bureau Chief, CNNI London: Thomas Evans. Director of Independent Content, CNNI: Waffa Munayyer. Directors of Coverage, EMEA: Caroline Paterson, Dan Wright. Executive Director, CNN International Desk: Cynde Strand. CNN International Directors of Coverage and the Will King International Desk newsgathering staff.