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Urbino Press Award 2012


The 2012 Winner of the Urbino Press Award is Sebastian Rotella of ProPublica.

An award-winning foreign correspondent and investigative reporter, Sebastian worked for almost 23 years for the Los Angeles Times, covering everything from terrorism to arts to the Mexican border. He served most recently as a national security correspondent in Washington, D.C., and his previous posts include international investigative correspondent and bureau chief in Paris and Buenos Aires, with assignments in the Middle East and North Africa.

In 2006, he was named a Pulitzer finalist for international reporting for his coverage of terrorism and Muslim communities in Europe. He won the German Marshall Fund’s senior award for excellence in European reporting the same year. He was part of a team whose coverage of al-Qaida received an award from the Overseas Press Club and finalist honors for Harvard University’s Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting in 2002. In 2001, he won Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize for his career coverage of Latin America. His work in Latin America also won honors from the Overseas Press Club, the Inter-American Press Association and the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He is the author of two books: Twilight on the Line: Underworlds and Politics at the U.S.-Mexico Border, which was named a New York Times Notable Book in 1998; and the new novel, Triple Crossing, published by Little, Brown/Mulholland Books in August, 2011. He speaks Spanish, French and Italian. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan and was born in Chicago.

:: News and Press Releases

America Oggi (April 26, 2012)
Il Resto del Carlino  (April 26, 2012)
Press Release of the Embassy of Italy (April 26, 2012)
Italy – United States: announcement of the 2012 Urbino Press Award winner tonight (April 25, 2012)

:: Multimedia gallery

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April 25, 2012 :: PHOTOS :: Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero announce Sebastian Rotella as the winner of the 2012 Urbino Press Award  — Click here for a Flickr Slideshow

April 25, 2012 :: VIDEO :: Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero announce Sebastian Rotella as the winner of the 2012 Urbino Press Award

April 25, 2012 :: VIDEO :: Sebastian Rotella’s acceptance speech