Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress
Jill Zuckman 2001
Chicago TribuneJill Zuckman is chief congressional correspondent for The Chicago Tribune, focusing on the balance of power in Congress and the White House. She joined the Tribune in 2000, after stints at The Boston Globe (1994-2000), Congressional Quarterly's Weekly Report (1990-1994) and the Milwaukee Journal (1987-1990).
NPF's judges wrote that she has a “keen sense of how the complicated legislative process works…Before many congressional reporters understood what was happening, Jill produced a front page story about Senator Jim Jeffords' unhappiness with the Republican Party and his ability to wreck havoc on President Bush's legislative agenda. Two weeks later, Jeffords left the Republican Party, altering the political and legislative landscape. Jill has produced a steady diet of articles this year that are far-sighted, perceptive, and accessible.”
Other stories that she has covered intensely include the rise of Newt Gingrich, the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole's 1996 presidential campaign and th2 2000 election recount in Florida. She is a 1987 graduate of Brown University and former editor-in-chief of its student paper, the Brown Daily Herald.