NEW YORK -- David Ottaway of the Washington Post has won the Hal Boyle Award of the Overseas Press Club for the best daily newspaper or wire service reporting from abroad for his coverage of the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar al-Sadat, it was announced Wednesday.
In the electronic media categories, the American Broadcasting Co. swept three of the four top categories. Two of the awards were for the network's coverage of the Sadat assassination.
The awards, conceived in 1940, are given in 15 categories for outstanding achievement in international journalism. The 1981 awards were drawn from 413 entries judged by a panel headed by Bruce Gray, past preseident and publisher of the Atlantic Monthly. The 1981 OPC award and citation winners include:
-The Hal Boyle Award for the best daily newspaper or wire service reporting from abroad: David Ottaway, Washington Post, for coverage of the assassination of Anwar al-Sadat. Citations: Brian Mooney, Reuter's, 'Poland 1981' and Alex Drehsler, San Diego Union, for coverage of Guatemala and El Salvador.
-The Bob Considine Award for the best daily newspaper or wire service interpretation of foreign affairs: David Willis, Christian Science Monitor, for two articles, 'On the Trail of the A-Bomb Makers' and 'Soviet Memorandums.' Citations: Elizabeth Pond, Christian Science Monitor, for aricles on 'Euromissiles' and Robert J. White, Minneapolis Tribune, for coverage and commentary on Central America.
-Robert Capa Gold Medal presented by Life Magazine for the best photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise: Rudi Frey, Time magazine, 'Poland.' Citation: Henry Herr Gill, Chicago Sun-Times, for 'Cocaine Express-Marijuana Murder.'
-Best photographic reporting from abroad:
(a) The Oliver Rebbot award presented by Newsweek for magazines and books: Nakram Gadel Karim, Time magazine, The New York Times and Gamma, for coverage of the Sadat assassination. Citations: Bruno Barbey, Life magazine-Magnum, for 'Poland on Brink,' Harry Benson, Life magazine, for 'Parched Land of the Dying' and 'The Endless Wake,' and Steven L. Raymer, National Geographic, 'The Illegal Trade in Endangered Wildlife.'
(b) Newspapers and magazines: Kent Kobersteen, Minneapolis Tribune, for 'Global Poverty-the Darkening Future.'
-The Ben Grauer Award for the best radio spot from abroad: ABC radio for coverage of the attempted assassination of Pope John Paul. Citation: ABC for Iranian hostage crisis coverage.
-The Lowell Thomas Award for the best radio interpretation of foreign affairs: ABC radio for 'Perspective: Sadat: The Aftermath.' Citation: Fred J. Kennedy, NBC radio, for 'Hitler's Children.'
-Best TVspot news reporting from abroad: ABC special events coverage of the Sadat assassination, Fabrice Moussus, cameraman, Aly el Ashnawy, sound technician. Citation: Robin Lloyd and Mike Mosher, NBC television, for 'Central America: Guatamala, the Next Act?'
-The Edward Murrow Award for the best TV interpretation or documentary on foreign affairs: CBS Reports, for 'The Russians' from a series entitled 'The Defense of the United States.' Citation: ABC, ABC News Closeup, 'Japan: Myths behind the Miracle.'
-The Mary Hemingway Award for the best magazine reporting from abroad: Lawrence Weschler, the New Yorker, for a report from poland 'And Then There Was Light.' Citation: Shirley Christian, the New Republic, for 'Freedom and Unfreedom in Nicaragua.'
-The best magazine interpretation of foreign affairs: Walter Isaacson and correspondents of Time magazine, 'Arming the World.' Citations: Robert Shaplen, the New Yorker, 'Letter from Tokyo,' and Peter Goldman, Newsweek, 'What Vietnam Did to Us.'
-Best cartoon on foreign affairs, presented by the Daily News: Don Wright, Miami News, 'Miss Liberty on Beach.' Citation: Mike Peters, Dayton Daily News, for editorial cartoons.
-Best business news reporting from abroad: J.A. Livingston, Philadelphia Inquirer, for 'English Lessons for America.' Citation: Roy Rowan, Fortune magazine, for 'China's Creeping Capitalism.'
-The Cornelius Ryan Award for the best book on foreign affairs: Pierre Salinger, 'America Held Hostage: The Secret Negotiations' (Doubleday).
-The Madeline Dane Ross Award for international reporting in any medium which demonstrates a concern for humanity: Kent Kobersteen and Alan McConagha, Minneapolis Tribune, for 'Global Poverty -- The Darkening Future.' Citations: Tom Fenton, CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, 'Too Many People, Too Little Food,' and Cheryl McCall, People magazine, for 'An Angry Doctor Battles a Gruesome Black Market in Asian Children.'
-Best Editorial or editorial series which most effectively discloses abuse of human rights abroad and thereby lends support to the principle of human rights: Betty DeRamus, Detroit Free Press, for her editorial series 'Hungry People.' Citation: William Kucewicz, Wall Street Journal, for 'Yellow Rain.'