Monday, December 9, 2013

Helen Benedict is Finalist for Trust Women Journalist Award



Helen Benedict, VCCA Fellow, novelist, journalist, and Professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, was named a finalist for the Trust Women Journalist Award, recognizing a journalist who has made a significant contribution to the coverage of women’s rights. This is the latest in several awards Benedict has won for exposing the epidemic of sexual violence in the military.
In 2012, she was given the Ida B. Wells Award for Bravery in Journalism and named one of the 21 Leaders for the 21st Century by Women's eNews.

In 2007, Benedict broke the story about the epidemic of sexual violence in the military, for which she won The James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. Her prize-winning book, “The Lonely Soldier: The Private War of Women Serving in Iraq” brought about the 2011 class action suit against the U.S. Pentagon on behalf of military women who were sexually assaulted while serving, and inspired the Oscar-nominated documentary, “The Invisible War.” 

Her novel, “Sand Queen” was one of the first to give voice to both Iraqis and women soldiers. She is continuing this story in her current work in progress.
Benedict’s latest nomination recognizes her influence and achievement in the important work being done by journalists on behalf of women.

Benedict has been in residence at VCCA in Virginia a number of times.  She has also been in residence at VCCA’s Moulin à Nef Studio Center in Auvillar, France, and at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland through VCCA’s exchange program.  Of her novel “Sand Queen” and her time at VCCA in Virginia and Auvillar, she says: “I wrote much of this novel in these exquisite places, with a concentration impossible to achieve elsewhere."


Benedict serves as a Fellows Representative to the VCCA Campaign Cabinet along with Fellows Heidi Kumao, Eric Moe, and Stephen O’Connor.
photo credit: Richard Wolinsky

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