The Michael Kelly Award

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Selam Gebrekidan, Stephen Grey, Amina Ismail


In “The Migration Machine,” Reuters correspondents Selam Gebrekidan, Stephen Grey and Amina Ismail expose the smuggling networks that profit from the transport of refugees from Africa and the Middle East to Europe. In three riveting stories about migrants from Eritea, Gebrekidan documents their journeys, the role of ISIS in capturing migrants and turning them into sex slaves, and the indifference of government authorities to their plight. After months of tracking down survivors from the most deadly sea disaster in the Mediterranean in 2016, Grey and Ismail showed how smugglers deliberately let migrants drown by their capsized ship rather than allow them aboard their rescue boat. While they plucked fellow smugglers from the water, some 500 migrants perished.




Selam Gebrekidan is a reporter on the Reuters data and enterprise team. Born in Ethiopia, she moved to the United States in 2009 to study at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Over the past 18 months, she has reported from 10 countries in three continents to uncover how smuggling networks and the Islamic State profited from the global migration crisis.






Stephen Grey

Stephen Grey is a British journalist based in London. A former foreign correspondent and investigations editor of the Sunday Times of London, he has worked as an investigative journalist for Reuters for the past five years. He worked extensively in Iraq and Afghanistan and is best known for his revelations about CIA renditions.






AminaAmina Ismail joined Reuters Egypt bureau in 2015 after completing her master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. She previously worked in the Cairo bureau of McClatchy, has written for The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and worked as a freelancer.






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