"There is no joy to be taken from these awards," Shirley Sotloff said recently, "because we don't have Steven." Part of progress, however, is honoring Steven Sotloff's legacy and keeping his work alive for future generations. For that, we are honored.
America Abroad Media (AAM) honored Steven Sotloff in memorium at their annual Awards Dinner, The Power of Film, in Washington DC. Steven, along with other honorees such as Homeland, US Representatives Ed Royce and Eliot Engel, and others, was awarded as an outstanding leader whose work exemplifies the power of media to inform, educate and empower. The award was presented to Steven's parents by David Bradley, owner of Atlantic Media.
ANTI-DEFAMATION LEAGUE AWARD
Larry King honored Art and Shirley Sotloff and their late son Steven on March 5, 2016 with the Anti-Defamation League (ADL)'s Award for his "demonstration of tremendous courage, compassion, and determination in confronting hate and intolerance."
This award was presented during Miami in Concert Against Hate. King was visibly moved when he read Steven's quote from a letter he smuggled out while in captivity with ISIS, "Everyone has 2 lives; the second one begins when you realize you have only one."
DANIEL PEARL AWARD
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL)'s Daniel Pearl Award was presented posthumously to Steven Sotloff on February 6, 2015 at the historic Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.
This prestigious award is given to journalists who have or had a commitment to build cultural bridges and promote understanding. The ADL Daniel Pearl Award recognizes those who, like Daniel Pearl, have attempted to understand developments on the ground and the perceptions of those who are living through the region's seismic changes.
The ADL recognized these two conflict journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley, who, despite the inherent risks of their chosen profession, remained tirelessly committed to “finding the humanity behind the headlines” in Syria and Iraq.
“In many ways, James and Steven followed in Danny’s footsteps. It was their thirst for knowledge, their quest for answers, their interest in understanding more deeply that impelled them into journalism,” Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said in presenting the awards. “They were not necessarily in search of the ‘big story’ that could make headlines and advance their careers. They were more interested in the people behind the stories, in finding the humanity behind the headlines.”
CITATION OF COURAGE AWARD
The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF)'s Citation of Courage Award was given for the first time ever on March 11, 2015, when presented to Steven Sotloff and James Foley at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, DC. at the 25th annual First Amendment Awards Ceremony.
This award was given in recognition of distinguished service to journalism and the extraordinary courage to face danger in search of the truth. The RTDNF Board of Directors created this award to posthumously honor Steven Sotloff, slain journalist, who made the ultimate sacrifice in pursuit of free and unfettered journalism in the war-torn Syrian region.
RTDNF is a charitable and educational organization dedicated to the preservation and support of the First Amendment. First Amendment Awards honor individuals and organizations for their work on behalf of First Amendment freedom.
CONSCIENCE IN MEDIA AWARD
The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) has awarded its prestigious Conscience in Media Award to Steven Sotloff and two other American freelance journalists, James Foley and Austin Tice.
The award, for commitment to the highest principles of journalism at notable personable cost, was presented on August 28, 2015 at the National Press Club in Washington DC, in conjunction with A Capital Event.
"The Conscience in Media award recognizes journalists who knowingly have endured great personal costs while pursuing the highest tenets of their profession," says Sally Wendkos Olds, interim chair of ASJA's First Amendment Committee. This selective award has been presented only eleven times since 1975.
"Steven Sotloff knew the risks of being a reporter in war torn areas of the Middle East, yet he remained undeterred," said Larry Atkins of ASJA's First Amendment Committee. "He kept going back to cover conflicts in Libya, Egypt, Syria and other countries. A brave and talented journalist who wrote for many major publications, Sotloff went to conflict zones because he wanted to tell the stories of ordinary Arab citizens who were suffering. His bravery and courage will be an inspiration to future journalists who risk their lives to tell important stories that need to be told."
FOUNDATION FOR THE DEFENSE OF DEMOCRACIES
The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), from whom Steven Sotloff had received a fellowship, honored Steven posthumously at a Washington D.C. ceremony for his work as an FDD scholar.
The FDD Policy Institute focuses on foreign policy and national security. FDD combines policy research, democracy and counterterrorism education, strategic communications and investigative journalism in support of its mission to promote pluralism, defend democratic values and fight the ideologies that drive terrorism.
FDD’s scholars, one of whom was Steven, "believe that no one should be denied basic human rights including freedom of religion, speech and assembly; that no one should be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin; that free and democratic nations have a right to defend themselves and an obligation to defend one another; and that terrorism – unlawful and premeditated violence against civilians to instill fear and coerce governments or societies – is always wrong and should never be condoned."
TURKEY'S SPECIAL PRIZE OF THE JURY
The Southeastern Association of Journalists in Turkey presented the Sotloff Family with a plaque that they awarded to Steven for their traditional "Year's Successful Journalists."
The honor of the Special Prize of the Jury was presented to the family posthumously on September 13, 2014, shortly after Steven's passing.