7th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards Honorees Announced

Four Top Female Political Reporters to be Honored During the Restructured Virtual Event

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 3, 2020 – The seventh annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards will be hosted virtually this year on Thursday, September 24 from 5-6 PM EST. Jointly hosted by Washingtonian CEO Catherine Merrill and Story Partners’ Founder and Chairman Gloria Story Dittus, the event was founded in 2014 to celebrate the remarkable work by women in journalism in our nation’s capital.

This year’s virtual event will honor four of Washington’s top female political reporters across four categories, including:

  • CBS’ Rita Braver with the Hall of Fame Award
  • NBC’s Kristen Welker as Outstanding Journalist in Broadcast Television
  • TIME’s Molly Ball as Outstanding Journalist in Print
  • POLITICO’s Anna Palmer as a Star to Watch

Historically, the award ceremony has launched a series of festivities leading up to the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend.

“We are pleased to reschedule and restructure this year’s event to provide our honorees with the recognition they deserve,” said co-host Cathy Merrill. “Despite the unprecedented challenges posed by COVID-19, these outstanding journalists have continued to excel in their coverage during what will undoubtedly be one of the most consequential news events of our lifetime. Rita, Kristen, Molly, and Anna’s reporting is invaluable, not just to the media industry, but to our national historical record.”

“We are in deep gratitude to journalists, especially this year during the coronavirus pandemic,” said co-host Gloria Dittus. “Whether this remarkable set of women are adapting to reporting during quarantine or risking their health and safety on the frontlines, this year’s honorees are pioneers of journalism for the COVID-era. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of the awardees during our upcoming event.”

A charitable donation will be made on behalf of the event to the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ), who has advocated on behalf of and supported black journalists worldwide since 1975.

Sponsors of the seventh annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards include the National Retail Federation, American Beverage Association, American Council for Life Insurance, AT&T, the National Association of Manufacturers, Johnson & Johnson, Southern Company, and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

For additional information about the annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards, please contact Travis Wolfe (twolfe@washingtonian.com).

Past honorees include:

2019 Honorees

Andrea Mitchell, NBC
Ashley Parker, The Washington Post
Abby Phillip, CNN
Amanda Terkel, The Huffington Post

2018 Honorees

Amanda Bennett, Voice of America
Amy Walter, The Cook Political Report
Audie Cornish, NPR
Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun-Times

2017 Honorees

Cokie Roberts, NPR and ABC News
Jane Mayer, The New Yorker
Mary Louise Kelly, NPR
Mary Katharine Ham, CNN

2016 Honorees

Susan Page, USA Today
Dana Bash, CNN
Kathryn Lopez, National Review
Carolyn Ryan, The New York Times

2015 Honorees

Ann Compton, ABC News

2014 Honorees (and Co-hosts)

Betsy Fisher Martin, NBC
Cathy Merrill, Washingtonian
Dana Bash, CNN
Jan Crawford, CBS News
Julia Ioffe, The New Republic


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