NEW YORK -- Famine, apartheid, terrorism and natural disasters captured the world's attention in 1985 and the news reporters who chronicled them in the American media were honored Tuesday night by the Overseas Press Club.
The year's top honor, the Hal Boyle Award for best daily news reporting from abroad, was given Joseph B. Treaster, who covered the eruption of Colombia's Nevada del Ruiz volcano for The New York Times.
The club's Bob Considine Award for best daily news interpretation went to Joseph C. Harsch of the Christian Science Monitor in recognition of his analyses of events in South Africa, the Soviet Union and the Middle East.
The Robert Capa Gold Medal for overseas photographic reporting requiring exceptional courage and enterprise went to Peter Magubane, a resident of Soweto, South Africa, for pictures of life in his country that appeared in Time magazine.
Famine-stricken sub-Saharan Africa was the subject of Bill Moyers' award-winning television spot reporting. Moyers' weeklong series of reports, 'Africa: Struggle for Survival,' appeared on the CBS Evening News.
Several winners in the 14 award categories won for their coverage of terrorism overseas in 1985.
Philip Till of the NBC Radio Network won the Ben Grauer Award for best radio spot news reporting for reporting the hijacking of TWA Flight 847 'with colorful detail, succinct interviews .. in a calm manner in spite of the widespread confusion surrounding the situation.'
The Beirut bureau of United Press International received a special citation for group coverage of the TWA hijacking.
Soviet dissident Yelena Bonner was given the press club's President's Award for 'her continued efforts to defend human rights in the Soviet Union at her own great personal peril.'
Also honored were:
-David Hume Kennerly, Time magazine, Olivier Rebbot Award for photographic reporting for magazines and books (coverage of the Reagan-Gorbachev summit);
-David Carl Tumley, The Detroit Free Press, daily news photographic reporting (apartheid);
-Karen Burnes, ABC, Lowell Thomas Award for radio interpretation of foreign affairs (Ethiopia);
-Ted Koppel and Richard N. Kaplan, ABC News Nightline, Edward R. Murrow Award for television interpretation or documentary on foreign affairs (South Africa);
-Henry Scott Stokes, Harpers, Ed Cunningham Award for magazine reporting ('Lost Samurai');
-Robert Rosenthal, Philadelphia Inquirer, Hallie and Whit Burnett Award for magazine story on foreign affairs (South Africa);
-Tony Auth, Philadelphia Inquirer, best cartoon on foreign affairs;
-Michael Meyer and team, Newsweek, Mort Frank Award for business or economic reporting for magazines of books ('Here comes Korea Inc.');
-E.S. Browning, The Wall Street Journal, daily news business or economic reporting (Japan trade);
-Joseph Lelyveld, Times Books, Cornelius Ryan Award for best foreign affairs book ('Move Your Shadow: South Africa, Black and White');
-Kristin Helmore, Christian Science Monitor, Madeline Dane Ross Award for foreign correspondent showing concern for the human condition (women in the developing world).
Recipients of citations were: Michael Parks, Los Angeles Times; Patrick Oster, The San Jose Mercury News; Frank Wright, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Glenn Frankel, The Washington Post; Anthony Suau, Black Star; Steve McCurry, National Geographic; Alfred Yaghobzadeh, and Newsweek.
Also, Michael Thomas Coyne, National Geographic; Mary Ellen Mark, Life Magazine; Carol Guzy and Michel DuCille, The Miami Herald; David Walters, The Miami Herald; Peter Maer, Mutual Radio Network; Maggie Fox, Mutual Radio Network; the Christian Science Monitor's Monitoradio service; Jon Alpert, freelance for NBC, and Cable News Network.
Also, Jacqueline Sharkey, Common Cause Magazine; David Lee Preston, The Philadelphia Inquirer; Robert Cox, Harper's; Douglas Marlette, The Charlotte Observer; Daniel Burstein, Omni Magazine; John Pearson, Alex Beam, Mark D'Anastasio, Robert Dowling, Business Week; Youssef F. Ibrahim, The Wall Street Journal; Wendy Tai, The Minneapolis Star-Tribune; Edward Girardet, St. Martin's Press, and Dominique LaPierre, Parade Magazine.