The South Asian Journalists Association or SAJA held its annual awards gala at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. on Saturday night. Assuming hosting duties for the evening was Aditi Kinkhabwala of the NFL Network, and taking home the top prize, the Daniel Pearl Award for outstanding reporting about South Asia, was Aryn Baker of Time Magazine. Full list of other award and scholarship recipients available here.
Keynote speaker and CNN chief business correspondent Ali Velshi gave a rousing speech during which he highlighted SAJA’s most important work, the awarding of scholarships to South Asian American high school and college students interested in pursuing journalism as a career path. Velshi reminded the audience that regardless of their medium, their primary responsibility as a journalist is to bear witness and relay the truth. An important lesson worth keeping in mind, regardless of one’s ethnicity or current career status.