Austin Tice, a writer and photographer, was detained in Syria in August 2012, three days after his 31st birthday. The U.S. government believes Austin is alive and being held by an affiliate of the Syrian government. He is the only American journalist currently being held overseas.
Please join the Tice family in urging the White House and State Department tocontinue to use every diplomatic resource to secure Austin’s safe release and return. Congress has the power to ensure that every effort is being made to secure Austin’s freedom.
On Monday, September 23 volunteers went to every Congressional office at the Capitol to raise awareness and support for Austin. As a result of their efforts, 173 Members of Congress signed a letter to President Trump that was delivered to the White House on Friday, September 27, urging Austin’s safe return.
Austin is a recipient of the George Polk Award for War Reporting, the McClatchy Newspapers President’s Award, the ASJA Conscience in Media Award, and the National Press Club John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award. Austin is enrolled in Georgetown Law, a graduate of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a veteran Captain in the United States Marine Corps, and an Eagle Scout. Help bring him home.
For more information, contact Julie Moos, Executive Director of the National Press Club Journalism Institute, at [email protected].