Occupation: Columbia University student; former Uzbekistan correspondent for Institute for War and Peace Reporting (IWPR)
Hobbies/Interests: Music and pets
Greatest Achievement to Date: Bukharbaeva risked her life covering the violent crackdown on protesters in Andijon in May 2005. She is now in exile in the United States, facing criminal prosecution in her native Uzbekistan for her reporting there. The Committee to Protect Journalists recently awarded Bukharbaeva for her courageous work.