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24 September 2014
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Gracie Allen Award for The World journalist

A correspondent with The World - BBC World Service's co-production with WGBH, Boston - has been awarded a Gracie Allen Award for a radio programme in which she revisits countries she covered in war looking for evidence of peace.

Jennifer Glasse won a Gracie Award in the public radio programming documentary category for her programme, A Reporter's Diary, which was broadcast on Christmas Day.

In A Reporter's Dairy, she reports from the West Bank, Afghanistan, Macedonia and Sierra Leone.

The awards are named after Gracie Allen, a US comedienne popular for her starring role in the television show The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show in the 1950s.

Jennifer's first experience of war reporting was in Moscow in 1993 when riot troops began shooting outside the parliament building.

During the next three-and-a-half years, before she moved to Nairobi, she covered the siege and subsequent battle for the building, the war in Chechnya and Boris Yeltsin's re-election as president.

Jennifer arrived in Africa in time to report on the war in Zaire and witness the fall of Mobutu Sese Seko.

She also covered conflicts in Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, and Burundi.

In 1999 in Europe she reported for National Public Radio on Nato's bombing of Yugoslavia and the advance of Nato troops into Kosovo.

Since she joined The World in May 2000 Jennifer has continued to travel extensively and has reported from Europe, the Middle East, Central Asia and Africa.

She is currently reporting for The World from the Gulf but lives in London.

Notes to Editors

The World is an international news programme broadcast across the USA every weekday evening on FM by up to 150 public radio stations.

The programme is co-produced by BBC World Service and WGBH in Boston and distributed by Public Radio International (PRI).

The World is based in Boston and has an office at Bush House in London.

The Gracie Allen Awards are sponsored by the Foundation of American Women in Radio and Television.

All the BBC's digital services are now available on Freeview, the new free-to-view digital terrestrial television service, as well as on satellite and cable.

Freeview offers the BBC's eight television channels - including BBC THREE - as well as six BBC radio networks.



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