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WOMEN WIELDING POWERFUL PENS: Hard-hitting journalism took the Hollywood spotlight on Thursday evening, when Glamour editor in chief Cindi Leive, CBS chief executive officer Les Moonves and CBS anchor Julie Chen cochaired the Courage in Journalism Awards with California first lady Maria Shriver at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The awards ceremony takes place annually to honor women in journalism who display integrity and bravery under dangerous circumstances in their work. Hollywood celebrities and fashion stalwarts turned out to support the evening’s award winners and cause, including Catherine Malandrino, Angie Harmon, Kerry Washington, Ginnifer Goodwin, Maria Bello and Renée Zellweger. “Celebrity journalism has taken over — we put people famous for nothing on magazine covers, and these are the ones who deserve adulation and accolades,” said Harmon, dressed in a purple Alberta Ferretti gown. “They are in hiding to do their jobs, which really puts everything in perspective.”

This year’s honorees were Farida Nekzad of Afghanistan, Sevgül Uludag of Cyprus and Aye Aye Win of Myanmar. A Lifetime Achievement Award was also given to Edith Lederer, the chief correspondent at the United Nations for the Associated Press. “This really matters, and these are amazing women,” Washington said. “These awards, and Cindi’s work at Glamour, really show courage. To put wrenching, important stories after a 10-page fashion spread shows the breadth of what women are — it’s not one or the other, it can celebrate the entire spectrum of womanhood.” — Anne Riley-Katz

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