ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz, Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten and RealClearPolitics White House correspondent Alexis Simendinger will be inducted as members of the Hall of Fame of the D.C. Pro Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists, June 13, 2017.
The criterion for membership in the Hall of Fame is simply this: strong journalism over at least 25 years in Washington.
The three inductees will speak at the chapter’s annual Dateline Awards dinner in the ballroom of the National Press Club, 529 14th St. NW, Washington, D.C. Cocktails begin at 6:00 p.m., with dinner at 7:00 p.m.
On the same evening, the D.C. chapter’s 2017 Distinguished Service Award will be presented to Lucy Dalglish, dean of the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Dean Dalglish also will speak.
ABC’s Martha Raddatz has made multiple reporting trips to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and to the 1990s conflict in Bosnia. She reported exclusive details on the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, and filed from Navy aircraft carriers during bombing missions against ISIS. She has hosted or co-hosted vice presidential and presidential debates, including the second Trump-Clinton faceoff last year. Raddatz is co-anchor of This Week with George Stephanopoulos. She was ABC News White House correspondent during George W. Bush’s second term.
Gene Weingarten, perhaps best known for writing the nationally syndicated humor column “Below the Beltway” for the Washington Post Magazine, also co-writes the daily comic strip “Barney & Clyde.” Weingarten is the only person to win the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing twice: for “Pearls Before Breakfast,” about classical violinist Joshua Bell playing in a Metro station before unheeding commuters; and for “Fatal Distraction,” a shattering account of parents who accidentally kill their children by forgetting them in cars.
White House correspondent Alexis Simendinger is covering her fifth president, now for the influential website and poll aggregator RealClearPolitics. She previously reported on the White House, Congress and national affairs for National Journal and, before that, for the news and information publisher BNA. In 2008 during the George W. Bush administration, she won the Aldo Beckman award for sustained excellence in White House coverage, administered by the White House Correspondents Association. Simendinger is a regular panelist on PBS’s Washington Week.
Lucy Dalglish began her career as a reporter for the Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota. After law school, she worked as a media attorney and then became executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, which provides free legal support and advocacy to protect the First Amendment and freedom of information rights of journalists. After a dozen years as a national spokeswoman on those issues, she became dean of the 600-student Philip Merrill College of Journalism in 2012.
Also at the June 13 dinner, SPJ’s D.C. Pro Chapter will present its annual Dateline Awards for excellence in local journalism.
Tickets for the dinner are now available for $95 for SPJ-DC chapter members – with a members’ early-bird rate of $90 — and $120 for non-chapter members.
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