Paradise Valley native awarded by United Nations for journalistic work


Benedict Moran, son of Virgilia and Robert Moran of the Town of Paradise Valley was awarded the silver medal at the 2019 annual United Nations Correspondents Association, and The Ricardo Ortega Memorial Prize for broadcast media.

The award he received was for his coverage of the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Medical authorities and local health organizations have been trying to contain the outbreak, but the efforts have been severely hampered by fighting between the government and more than 100 armed groups, according to a press release.

Throughout his career, Mr. Moran has traveled and worked in more than 75 countries as a journalist and aid worker, and won awards for his coverage of the cholera epidemic in Haiti and rural health programs in Tanzania.

He is a graduate from the International Baccalaureate program at North High School in Phoenix and holds a Bachelor of Science in international affairs from McGill University in Montreal.

The Paradise Valley resident also holds a Master’s of Science degree in journalism and a Master’s of International Affairs from Columbia University.

The award was presented to him Dec. 6, 2019 by H.E. Mr. Antonio Guterres, United Nations Secretary-General.