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peterThe Peter Mackler award honors reporters and editors who have demonstrated a commitment to fairness in the story well told, and a matching commitment to defending the right to publish and air that story. This is what Peter strived for daily in more than 33 years of practicing and teaching journalism.

At the time of his death in June 2008, Mackler was chief editor for North America at Agence France-Presse. In 29 years at AFP, he also served as chief editor in Asia, desk chief in Paris, director for Southeast Asia and the South Pacific, senior correspondent for Europe, senior international correspondent, and Iraq war coordinator.

Before joining AFP, Mackler learned the trade covering crime and politics for United Press International and the Associated Press in his hometown of New York City.

In his long and varied career, Mackler also wrote two stylebooks for AFP, directed its first regional desk and helped develop its first multimedia products.

As a reporter, he covered both Gulf wars, the conflicts in Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, the Palestinian intifada, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, and presidential elections from the United States to the Philippines.

Mackler was also active in media training for 15 years. In 1999, he created the Project Plato for the Duke Ellington School in Washington DC, teaching journalism as a life skill to young people. In 2004, he founded Global Media Forum (GMF,) a consortium of top international reporters dedicated to media training. After his death, the Mackler family transformed GMF into Global Media Forum Training Group (GMFTG,) a not-for profit dedicated to the promotion of good journalistic ethics and courage under pressure.

Mackler trained journalists in Iran, Malaysia, Cyprus, the United States and other countries, and conducted communications workshops for the United Nations Development Programme and the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Richard Sisk

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