Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress
Sue Kirchhoff 2000
Congressional Quarterly Weekly ReportSue Kirchhoff is currently a reporter for the Boston Globe's Washington bureau covering taxes, budget, and entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare. From late 1997 until November, 2000, she worked at Congressional Quarterly, first as a reporter covering social policy. She was later promoted to senior editor, a position in which she helped to plan the magazine's weekly and long-term coverage. While at CQ, in 1999, Kirchhoff also won a national Exceptional Merit Media Award (Emma) award for her coverage of issues affecting women. Kirchhoff won the award for a story outlining the possible effects of Social Security private accounts on women.
Prior to joining CQ, Kirchhoff worked for nearly eight years for Reuters news service covering beats as varied as agriculture, health care, Congress and budget issues. She also worked for Knight-Ridder Financial News.
Kirchhoff, 41, grew up in Bozeman, Montana. Before entering journalism, Kirchhoff worked for five years as a legislative assistant to Oregon Democratic Representative Les AuCoin. She has an undergraduate degree from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon and a masters in journalism from Northwestern University.