This is journalist Austin Tice.


Austin has been held captive in Syria for 2282 days 17 hours 27 minutes 51 seconds

Austin is a home schooled, Eagle Scout, National Merit Finalist, graduate of Georgetown University, veteran Captain in the United States Marine Corps and recipient of the 2012 George Polk Award for War Reporting, the 2012 McClatchy Newspapers President’s Award, and the 2015 National Press Club John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award.


Austin has been held captive in Syria for 2282 days 17 hours 27 minutes 51 seconds

This is journalist Austin Tice.

Austin is a home schooled, Eagle Scout, National Merit Finalist, graduate of Georgetown University, veteran Captain in the United States Marine Corps and recipient of the 2012 George Polk Award for War Reporting, the 2012 McClatchy Newspapers President’s Award, and the 2015 National Press Club John Aubuchon Freedom of the Press Award.

About Austin

In May of 2012, the summer before Austin’s final year at Georgetown Law School, he chose to go to Syria as a Freelance Journalist.  Austin went to Syria to tell the story of the ongoing conflict there, and its impact on the ordinary people of Syria.

In August 2012, he made his way just south of Damascus to file his final pieces.  He filed his last story and planned to leave to Lebanon August 14, three days after his 31st birthday.  We believe he got into a car but never made it to the border.

Instead, five weeks later, a 43-second video emerged unlike any other to emerge from a hostage case in Syria.  It showed Austin being held by a group of unidentified armed men.  No message accompanied the video, only the title, “Austin Tice is Alive”.  This is the only information we have received from his captors.  No one has contacted us to claim responsibility, because of this, we cannot say for certain who is holding him.  Most importantly, we and credible sources believe he is alive.

Our plea is simple:  We ask the United States government and the Syrian Arab Republic government to use every available resource to bring him safely home.

Contact Us

Thank you for your thoughts, prayers and support of Austin and our family.  It is these things, along with the dedicated work of many, many people, which are sustaining us, and which will, by the will of God, bring Austin safely home to us. Our plea is simple:  We ask the United States government and the Syrian Arab Republic government to use every available resource to bring him safely home.

If you have any information regarding Austin’s circumstances or well-being, please send us an email!

 

Recent News

November 8, 2018

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy For Hostage Affairs Robert C. O’Brien Joins National Press Club and Free Austin Tice Coalition for Briefing Tuesday Nov. 13

Save the date – Tuesday, November 13, 2018: New “Night-Out” Initiative Intends to Double Reward for Information That Leads To Journalist’s Safe Return

WASHINGTONNov. 8, 2018 — In April of this year the FBI offered a reward of $1 million for information that leads to the safe return of Austin Tice, a journalist who was taken in August 2012 while covering the conflict in Syria. In an effort to intensify the search for Tice, a coalition has formed that plans to double the reward money for actionable information through a program that can work in every community in the country.

Event Details:

What:
A briefing with Robert O’Brien, the Administration’s point person for hostage affairs, who will discuss the Austin Tice case. Also the National Press Club along with the Free Austin Tice Coalition partners including: The Washington Post, McClatchy, Reporters Without Borders, and Georgetown University will discuss a new project “Night Out For Austin Tice.”

When:
Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 10:30am Eastern

Where:
Murrow Room, National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW, 13th Floor, Washington, D.C.

Who:
Robert O’Brien, U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs,
Marc and Debra Tice, Austin’s parents
Andrea Edney, President of the National Press Club
Craig Forman, CEO McClatchy
Margaux Ewen, North American Director, Reporters Without Borders
Representatives of the Washington Post
Representatives of Georgetown University

PRESS CONTACT: Bill McCarren, 202-662-7534 for the National Press Club