The Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) has awarded Souad Mekhennet its International Leadership Award for her national security reporting on issues of extremism, radicalization, and terrorism.

Souad Mekhennet is a national security reporter for The Washington Post where she has chronicled the rise of extremism and terrorist groups like al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Considered to be one of the most well-sourced reporters on the subject, Mekhennet has interviewed terrorist leaders and jihadists, and was part of the 2017 a team of reporters who unmasked Jihadi John. Souad Mekhennet is the author of I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad, and co-author of Eternal Nazi: from Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim published in 2014.

Mekhennet will be recognized at The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles on January 14.