For Immediate Release
James W. Foley Foundation Honors Courageous Work for Hostage Recovery, Press Freedom and Humanitarian Efforts
Malala Yousafzai, Christopher Chivers and Jennifer Easterly to Receive Awards
About James W. Foley Legacy Foundation:
James W Foley was an independent American conflict journalist who worked extensively across the middle east. He was taken hostage by ISIS in Syria in 2012, and was killed in 2014. His impact on colleagues and friends has been highlighted in the documentary film “Jim: The James Foley Story”.
The James W. Foley Legacy Foundation is a registered nonprofit foundation, that supports work in three key areas that were important to Jim’s life: American hostage freedom, protection of independent conflict journalists, and education of the public and university students regarding these silent crises.
About the Awardees:
Chris Chivers is an American journalist and author best known for his work with The New York Times. He is currently assigned to The New York Times Magazine and the newspaper’s investigations desk as a long-form writer and investigative reporter. In the summer of 2007, he was named the newspaper’s Moscow bureau chief. Along with several reporters and photographers based in Pakistan and Afghanistan, he contributed to a New York Times staff entry that received the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting in 2009. He later received the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing in 2017. His book, The Gun, a work of history published under the Simon & Schuster imprint, was released in October 2010.
In 2010 his work for the Times from Afghanistan and Iraq, with that of reporter Dexter Filkins and photographer Tyler Hicks, was recognized by New York University as one of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade. As in those conflicts, the improvised weapons and munitions of Sunni Islamists was an important focus of his reporting on Libya in 2011 and on Syria in 2012.
Jen Easterly is a managing director of Morgan Stanley, which she joined after 26 years of U.S. government service in national security, military intelligence and cyber operations. Previously, she served on the National Security Council as special assistant to the President and senior director for counter-terrorism where she led the development of U.S. counter-terrorism policy and strategy. Prior to that, she was the deputy for counter-terrorism at the National Security Agency, a position she assumed following retirement from the U.S. Army, where her service included command and staff assignments in the intelligence and cyber fields, as well as tours of duty in Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq and Afghanistan. A graduate of West Point, Easterly holds a master’s degree in politics, philosophy, and economics from the University of Oxford where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations and a French-American Foundation Young Leader, Easterly is the recipient of the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship, the George S. Franklin Fellowship, and the Director, National Security Agency Fellowship. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Morgan Stanley Foundation. Easterly and her husband Jas have one son.
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani education advocate who, at the age of 17, became the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize after surviving an assassination attempt by the Taliban. Born on July 12, 1997, Yousafzai became an advocate for girls’ education when she herself was still a child, which resulted in the Taliban issuing a death threat against her. On Oct. 9, 2012, a gunman shot Yousafzai when she was traveling home from school. She survived and has continued to speak out on the importance of education. In 2013, she gave a speech to the United Nations and published her first book, I Am Malala. In 2014, she won the Nobel Peace Prize.