Neurosurgeon Sanjay Gupta, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent, is the winner of the 2017 Urbino Press Award, the Italian prize annually awarded to an American reporter or columnist. The official announcement of the prize will be held on September 12 by the Ambassador of Italy to the United States, Armando Varricchio, during a ceremony at the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C. In keeping with tradition, following the announcement in Washington the prize will be awarded during a ceremony to be held on September 24th at the Palazzo Ducale in Urbino.
“The choice of this 2017 edition honors the passion, courage and unshakable resolution that distinguish Dr. Gupta’s work and unwavering commitment to reporting the horrors of war and natural disasters. Ever close to the action, Gupta’s news reports combine rare medical skills with a first-class passion for journalism. His long-standing experience in the field has helped to shed light on matters such as Ebola and HIV/AIDS, and makes him a point of reference in the international medical and health world” commented the Italian Ambassador to the US Armando Varricchio. “The partnership between the Embassy and Urbino Press Award contributes to strengthening the deep ties between our countries which benefit from a free and independent press, a cornerstone of our democracies. The Urbino Press Award ceremony is therefore also a strong call to never forget the difficult conditions which reporters often face in some parts of the world”.
The Urbino Press Award was founded in 2006. “Through the years, the Urbino Press Award – said Giovanni Lani, President of the award – has become a point of reference in cultural relations between the United States and Italy. The great American journalists who receive the award remind us yearly of the paramount importance that the ethical commitment to keep the public informed – truthfully, freely and independently – holds for our Countries, and for our society as a whole.
“Today our city, a dynamic center for arts and literature since the Renaissance, is linked to this high profile international cultural initiative, and this truly makes us proud” stated Maurizio Gambini, Mayor of Urbino. “The City’s institutions, together with Urbino International Center and the Marche Region, proudly support the Award and look forward to welcoming Sanjay Gupta at the end of September”.
The award is made possible through the generous support of the Italian Embassy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington D.C., the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade (ICE), the Marche Region, the City of Urbino and the Urbino International Centre.