Washington Post Africa correspondent Blaine Harden is one of three reporters who will be presented with The Livingston Award for young journalists today.

Harden, 34, won the international reporting award for his coverage of the famine in Africa. His entry, an introspective piece headlined "Notes of a Famine Watcher," described his feelings while chronicling the misery he encountered in Ethiopia's refugee camps.

Other winners of Livingston Awards are Gregg Easterbrook of The Atlantic in the national reporting category and Jim Lyons and Charles Ely of KTUL-TV, Tulsa, for local reporting.

The Livingston Awards, which carry prizes of $5,000, are sponsored by the Mollie Parnis Livinston Foundation of New York in memory of Robert Livingston, former publisher of More magazine. Contestants must be 34 years old or younger.

Harden, a native of Moses Lake, Wash., joined The Washington Post' metro staff in 1978 after two years as a reporter with the Trenton (N.J.) Times. He spent a year as a senior writer with Washingtonian magazine before joining the Post's foreign staff in 1984. He was assigned to the Nairobi bureau the following year.

He holds an M.A. degree in journalism from Syracuse University and a B.A. degree in political science and philosophy from Gonzaga University.