Coker Alum Honored for Excellence in International Reporting

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HARTSVILLE, S.C. – May 6, 2013 – Coker alum Christopher Dawson has received the 2013 Award for Excellence in International Reporting, which was presented by InterAction at the organization’s Forum 2013 meeting held in Washington, D.C. April 28-May 1.

The award recognizes exemplary reporting by a U.S.-based journalist who has informed and educated U.S. audiences about international development or humanitarian affairs.

Dawson became the lead producer for CNN’s Impact Your World in 2007. Over the next four years, he built this new project into an award-winning cross-platform initiative for CNN, CNN International, HLN,, CNN Mobile and CNN Radio.

Dawson also expanded Impact Your World to offer an immediate viewer response for breaking news, which became paramount when natural disasters struck. CNN networks would show graphic banners, charity interviews and correspondents providing viewers a singular way to help with Impact Your World. Dawson was directly responsible for each disaster response, which culminated in award-winning, extensive coverage on the 2010 Haiti earthquake.

In 2011 Dawson moved to another empowering series with CNN Special Projects but he kept viewers’ attention on Haiti’s recovery with articles on the cholera epidemic and charities struggling to rebuild the devastated country. Dawson won the ShelterBox Global Media Award in 2011 for his continued focus on Haiti’s recovery.

Dawson graduated from Coker College in 1993 with two bachelor’s degrees, one in psychology with a focus in counseling and another in drama with a focus in directing.  While at Coker he served as head commissioner on the Coker College Student Government Association and played four years on the men's soccer team.


PHOTO:  Christopher Dawson, Coker College class of 1993, and Sue Pleming, InterAction senior director of communications.


Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.


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