The Sacramento Press Club welcomes back National Public Radio international correspondent Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson as our guest speaker at the club’s annual scholarships awards luncheon on May 22.
Nelson, based in Berlin, will share some of her experiences covering central Europe and the Middle East for NPR since 2006. Before she joined NPR, Nelson was a reporter for the Orange County Register based in Sacramento and a member of the Sacramento Press Club.
After opening the NPR Kabul bureau in 2006, Nelson reported from Afghanistan for more than three years, winning a Peabody Award, an Overseas Press Club Award, and several other awards for her coverage of the Middle East and Afghanistan. Most recently, Nelson won the 2017 Excellence in International Reporting Award from the International Center for Journalists. Her reports are heard on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and other NPR programming.
During her 20 years as a newspaper reporter, Nelson also worked as Knight Ridder’s Middle East bureau chief, as a reporter on extended assignment for the Los Angeles Times in Iran and Afghanistan after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and as editor on a team at Newsday that won a Pulitzer Prize.
Nelson is one of seven honorees for whom the Sacramento Press Club’s 2018 scholarships are named. At the luncheon, the SPC will award a total of $34,000 in scholarships to seven college or graduate students who show promise in joining the next generation of journalists.
Join the SPC on May 22 to help us congratulate our 2018 scholarship winners and to welcome Nelson to Sacramento.
About the lunch
Date: Tuesday, May 22
Time: 11:15 a.m. registration opens, lunch 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. (please note this program ends later than our usual 1 p.m. end time because of the scholarship awards)
Where: 1231 I Street, Third Floor
Purchase Deadline: Monday, May 21 - 9:00 p.m.
Cost: $29 members/$40 non-members