NBC12 VIEWPOINT: A Tribute to James Foley and Steven Sotloff

NBC12 VIEWPOINT: A Tribute to James Foley and Steven Sotloff

By: Kym Grinnage

Earlier this week, I attended the annual RTDNA First Amendment Awards Dinner in Washington DC. That acronym stands for: Radio, Television, Digital, News Association.

I have attended this dinner many times, but this year it was especially moving. Many of your may remember that journalists James Foley and Steven Sotloff lost their lives at the hands of ISIS after they were captured while covering the war and the daily struggle for life in the Middle East.

The RTDNA paid tribute to both of these fallen journalists. The highlight of the evening was hearing from the parents of both of these brave young men. The room was solemnly quiet as the parents discussed their sons and the decision both men made to do the work that the First Amendment affords the media, and that is "the freedom of the press."

It was most impressive that both families expressed that their sons knew that in the quest to cover this war on terrorism and the people it affects, that their lives were always in danger and they decided to do it anyway.

We say thank you to these brave young men and the countless number of correspondents that risk their lives every day.

To learn more about two foundations that have been established by the parents please go to:


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