IowaWatch Honored For Exchanging Ideas With International Journalists

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The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism was one of three 2018 Citizen Diplomat Award recipients honored the night of April 16 by the Council for International Visitors to Iowa Cities, or CIVIC.

The other award recipients were Diamond V of Cedar Rapids, for business and industry, and Johnson County Supervisor Lisa Green-Douglass as an individual. They received the awards at CIVIC’s Fourth Annual Celebration of Citizen Diplomacy Dinner in Iowa City.

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IowaWatch executive director-editor Lyle Muller receives a citizens’ diplomat award from the Center for Iowa Visitors to International Cities (CIVIC) in Iowa City the night of April 16, 2019.

The center, which runs, was cited for its work as a nonprofit organization because of the several years it has met with international journalists CIVIC brings to Iowa on U.S. visits that bring them to Iowa.

The non-profit CIVIC is a community-based, member-driven organization established to create, support and sustain citizen diplomacy efforts in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids area of Eastern Iowa.

ABC news correspondent Lana Zak was the event’s keynote speaker.

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Journalists from Kyrgyzstan meet with IowaWatch staffers Lyle Muller and Lauren Wade on Dec. 6, 2018, in Iowa City. The international journalists were interested in how the nonprofit IowaWatch works.