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Double win for City alumna at the Writers Guild of America awards

Journalism alumna and CBS News Associate Nicole Young triumphs in two separate categories

by Chris Lines (Senior Communications Officer)

A former City, University of London student has won two Writers Guild of America Awards at a ceremony in California.

Nicole Young (MA International Journalism, 2002), a Producer and News Associate for CBS News, was announced as winner in two distinct categories alongside colleagues Scott Pelley and Katie Kerbstat, at the 2019 Writers Guild Awards Ceremony. The ceremony took place at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on 17th February 2019 in Beverly Hills.

Hard-hitting news scripts

The 60 Minutes feature, Catastrophe, profiled how Yemen's civil war has brought seven million people, many of them children, to the brink of starvation. It won in the ‘News Script: Regularly Scheduled, Bulletin Or Breaking Report’ category.

Another feature, titled Wounds of War, focused on how Syria's dictator Bashar al-Assad is trying to quash the remnants of rebellion by bombing hospitals. The segment showed how doctors in the country, many of them American volunteers, are risking everything to save lives. Wounds of War won in the ‘News Script: Analysis, Feature Or Commentary’ category.

Track record of success

Nicole, who is no stranger to winning awards, having amassed an impressive 11 Emmys in just 15 years, gave an interview to City last year.

“With each [award], I get people joking ‘aren’t you tired?’,” she said. “I answer, ‘I’m not, because for me it’s not about winning’. For me, it is more about the stories that I have had the opportunity to work on, the ones that have affected change or that have given a voice to the voiceless or that have shone a light into a dark corner of the world that didn’t otherwise have it.

“To tell epic stories of human struggle and to tell stories in places where people do not have people listening to them – that is the real award.”

Nicole has certainly come a long way since her days as a master’s student attending lectures and classes in City’s College Building.

“City gave me a foundation that I did not expect to get and I am grateful for it," she said. "I think it has helped shape me to be the journalist I am today and, with all the things I have been able to accomplish, I still feel that I am just beginning.

“I do not know what the end for me is, or what success means to me. It does not mean 22 Emmys, it is more about how many more places can I go to that need a voice. Unfortunately, I do not think I am ever going to run out of a list of places that are going to need that, but I sure as heck am going to try to do as much as I can.”

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