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Dis­tin­guished Jour­nal­ist Award:

Ben Smith, Ed­i­tor-in-Chief Buz­zfeed

Ben Smith­be­gan his jour­nal­ism ca­reer at the For­ward. Af­ter po­si­tions with the NY Daily News and Politico, in 2011 Ben be­came Ed­i­tor-in-Chief of Buz­zFeed, one of the world’s fastest­grow­ing and most suc­cess­ful on­line me­dia com­pa­nies. Smith was called ‘one of the most tal­ented scoop-mon­gers’ by The New Repub­lic.

Dis­tin­guished Jour­nal­ist Award:

An­drea Mitchell, For­eign Af­fairs Cor­re­spon­dent, NBC News

An­drea Mitchellthe vet­eran chief for­eign af­fairs cor­re­spon­dent for NBC News, also hosts “An­drea Mitchell Re­ports” on MSNBC and fre­quently ap­pears on “TO­DAY” and “Meet the Press.” She has in­ter­viewed Fidel Cas­tro, re­ported on the con­flicts in Bos­nia and Kosovo, and cov­ered every pres­i­den­tial cam­paign for NBC News since 1980.

Ab Ca­han Life­time Achieve­ment Award:

Sa­muel Norich, Pres­i­dent For­ward As­so­ci­a­tion, Inc.

Sa­muel Norich­has led the For­ward for 20 years and now serves as its Pres­i­dent. Un­der Sam’s lead­er­ship, the For­ward vastly ex­panded its reach and im­pact. Be­fore com­ing to the For­ward, Sam di­rected the YIVO In­sti­tute and served as vice pres­i­dent of the World Jewish Congress. Born in Ger­many, Sam im­mi­grated to the U.S. in 1957.

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