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Journalist of the year Award 2020

Global Young Leaders  is delighted to announce the winners of the inaugural Global Young Leaders  Journalist of the Year Award.

Created to identify and promote the world’s most impactful journalists, the Award honours five young leaders - aged 35 and under - who have been judged on the positive social impact of their work. These young leaders fearlessly and boldly inspire others through their work. They have changed the way stories are reported and empower others by giving them a voice.
These five young leaders were selected by a panel of respected international journalists and broadcasters from a shortlist of 15 young journalists from around the world.
Ilia Calderon, Emmy® award-winning journalist, Co-anchor of Noticiero Univision and Co-host of Aquí y Ahora, commented on the Award:
"Modern history could not be written without the presence of journalism. Young journalists serve as a necessary window to see those challenges within our society, and their storytelling is critical for historical change.” 

The winners will be presented with the Award at the Global Young Leaders 2021 Summit taking place in Munich, 11-14 October. 

The Winners

Ben Hunte, 28, United Kingdom

Ben is the BBC’s first LGBT Correspondent, reporting on stories of sexuality and gender. Since starting the role in 2019, Ben has uncovered how black male victims of sexual abuse are ‘ignored’ by the government, and fronted coverage celebrating 50 years since the Stonewall Riots.

As one of the BBC’s youngest correspondents, Ben’s journalism has already been nominated for awards, including by the Royal Television Society, PinkNews and British LGBT Awards. In 2019 he was awarded an ‘Alumni Laureate Award’ by the University of Nottingham, where he studied a Neuroscience degree on a full scholarship. Ben previously launched and presented the BBC’s first TV programme and digital service for children in Africa.

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