Austin Tice is an American journalist who has been held captive in Syria since August 2012. He was last heard from after being stopped at a checkpoint in Syria. No one is claiming to have him or demanding ransom. A native of Houston and an Eagle Scout, Austin wrote for the Washington Post and McClatchy Newspapers, and was part of a McClatchy team that won a Polk Award for coverage of Syria. He filed reports for CBS News and took outstanding photographs. Austin was at Georgetown Law School when he left to go to work in Syria. He served in the United States Marine Corps in Iraq prior to Georgetown. In April 2018, the FBI offered a $1 million reward for information leading to his safe return.

A coalition of restaurants are joining The National Press Club, The Washington Post, Georgetown University and Reporters Without Borders to raise awareness of Austin’s case AND raise more reward money through the Night Out program. The program encourages restaurants to offer a percentage of the revenue raised from the Night Out promotion at their restaurant on May 2, 2019. To commit, they must complete and sign a pledge form. In exchange, the restaurant will benefit from advertising/marketing and publicity related to the Night Out program, which encourages diners to support participating restaurants.

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