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AP's Rukmini Callimachi wins Ga.'s McGill Medal

Rukmini Callimachi, AP's West Africa bureau chief, wins McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage By The Associated Press

ATHENS, Ga. (AP) ' The West Africa bureau chief of The Associated Press has won the University of Georgia's McGill Medal for Journalistic Courage.

The university announced Monday that Rukmini Callimachi (RUK'-mee-nee kah-lee-MAH'-kee) will receive the medal from the university at a ceremony in April.

The medal is named for Ralph McGill, the late editor and publisher of the Atlanta Constitution who challenged racial segregation in the 1950s and 1960s.

Callimachi, who joined AP in 2003, has unearthed proof of mass killings in the Ivory Coast and at times braved gunfire in the course of her reporting in Africa.

She won the 2011 Eugene S. Pulliam Journalism Writing Award for coverage of Haiti's devastating earthquake earlier that year and was a 2009 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for international reporting.



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