For her reporting on risky topics like women and warlords in Afghanistan, journalist Farida Nekzad, 31, has received numerous death threats and saved herself from kidnapping only by jumping out of a moving car. She's also seen colleagues be murdered for similar work.
But the managing editor of the independent Pajhwok Afghan News agency—and the recent recipient of the International Women's Media Foundation's Courage in Journalism award—continues to report in her native country, fighting for the free press and women's rights.
She recently spoke, through an interpreter, with U.S. News. Excerpts: More...