Aziz Han­iffa hon­oured with lead­er­ship award

Sunday Times (Sri Lanka) - - EVENTS -

Aziz Han­iffa, Ex­ec­u­tive Edi­tor of In­dia Abroad, re­ceived the Out­stand­ing In­dus­try Lead­er­ship Award for Excellence in Jour­nal­ism at the re­cent 18th An­nual Awards Ban­quet 2017 of the U.S.-In­dia Cham­ber of Com­merce. This was the first time in the USICOC’s 18-year his­tory that the USICOC had given its Lead­er­ship Award-tra­di­tion­ally awarded to a busi­nessper­son or in­dus­tri­al­ist-- to a me­dia person. The pre­sen­ta­tion was made by In­dia’s Am­bas­sador to the U.S., Navtej Sarna at a for­mal cer­e­mony in Wash­ing­ton DC.

Han­iffa, is per­haps the first and only South Asian jour­nal­ist based in the U.S., who has re­lent­lessly cov­ered U.S.-South Asia re­la­tions and the South Asian Amer­i­can com­mu­nity for the past three decades. The Sri-Lankan born Han­iffa, an erst­while Tho­mian and ex-rugby play--a burly prop for­ward--im­mi­grated to the U.S. in the early 1980s after grad­u­at­ing from the Univer­sity of Sri Lanka, dou­ble ma­jor­ing in English and Eco­nom­ics, with a brief stint as a sube­d­i­tor and for­eign af­fairs colum­nist in the Sun/Week­end of the now de­funct In­de­pen­dent News­pa­pers Ltd.

After com­plet­ing his mas­ter’s de­gree at Ge­orge Wash­ing­ton Univer­sity in Wash­ing­ton, D.C,, dou­ble­ma­jor­ing in Po­lit­i­cal Science and In­ter­na­tional Af­fairs, he joined In­dia Abroad--the old­est and largest cir­cu­lat­ing In­dian/ South Asian news­pa­per in the U.S.--- as a re­porter in the late 1980s, and is now the news­pa­per’s ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor.

While based in D.C., in the 1980s and 1990’s, he also re­ported for the SUN and later the Sri Lanka Daily News and along with Thalif Deen, Iqbal Athas, Faizal Sa­math, cov­ered the late Pres­i­dent Ju­nius Jayawar­dene’s state visit to the U.S. in 1984 at the in­vi­ta­tion of then U.S. Pres­i­dent Ron­ald Rea­gan.

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