Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award

NPF Award Winner: Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award - Peter Kovacs

Peter Kovacs 2016

The Advocate

Peter Kovacs, editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, has been chosen as winner of the National Press Foundation’s 2016 Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award.

Kovacs will receive the award at NPF’s annual journalism awards dinner on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Marriott Marquis hotel in Washington, D.C., along with other award winners. Learn more about the NPF dinner and awards here.

Learning of the award, Kovacs said: “The Advocate is owned by a fearless and dedicated Louisiana family, and we have a terrific publisher and a talented staff. But our chief asset is our readers and advertisers, who believe as we do that great news coverage is vital to building informed, prosperous communities.”

Kovacs has been a newspaper editor in Louisiana for more than three decades at The Times-Picayune and The Advocate. He moved to Baton Rouge, joined The Advocate in 2013, and helped expand its reach in Louisiana by launching separate newspapers serving New Orleans and Acadiana, as well as more than a dozen weekly titles covering the Baton Rouge and New Orleans markets. From 1983 to 2012 he held a variety of positions at The Times-Picayune, including managing editor/news. During his time there, the newspaper won four Pulitzer Prizes, including two for its coverage of Hurricane Katrina. He came to New Orleans from Alabama, where he was an editor and reporter for The Birmingham News. He is a graduate of Brown University and has served on various boards, including the Associated Press Managing Editors and the Manship School. He is a member of the Baton Rouge Rotary.

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2012

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2011

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2010

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2009

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2008

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2007

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2006

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2005

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2003

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2002

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2001

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The Wall Street Journal

2000

Howard A. Tyner

Chicago Tribune

1999

Jim Willse

The Newark Star Ledger

1998

John S. Carroll

The Baltimore Sun

1997

Mike Jacobs

Grand Forks Herald

1996

Jim Amoss

New Orleans Times-Picayune

1995

Ed Kelley

Daily Oklahoman

1994

Shelby Coffey III

Los Angeles Times

1993

Geneva Overholser

Des Moines Register

1992

Tina Brown

The New Yorker

1991

Burl Osborne

Dallas Morning News

1990

Janet Chusmir

Miami Herald

1989

Norman Pearlstine

The Wall Street Journal

1988

N. Christian Anderson

Orange County Register

1987

Richard A. Oppel

Charlotte Observer

1986

Mike Pride

Concord Monitor

1985

John C. Quinn

USA Today

1984

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