2007 Awards Dinner

The National Press Foundation presented awards for excellence in journalism at its 24th Annual Awards Dinner on February 22, 2007, in Washington, D.C.  Listen to the award winners’ acceptance speeches below.

David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, received the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award, for his work on a magazine that is literary journalism at its best, a magazine that meets the ultimate test – its readers look forward to its arrival every week.  Listen to his acceptance speech:

PBS’s Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week and senior correspondent for the Newshour with Jim Lehrer, received the Sol Taishoff Award for Broadcasting Excellence. Listen to her acceptance speech:

The late Art Buchwald was honored with the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism for his grace, humor, astounding productivity and lifetime commitment to the craft.

The Everett McKinley Dirksen Awards for Distinguished Coverage of Congress were given to The Wall Street Journal’s Brody Mullins for print journalism:

Steve Henn & William Kistner of American Public Media recieved the Dirksen Award for broadcast work:

Special Mentions for the Dirksen Award were presented to Paul Kane of Roll Call and Andrew Taylor of the Associated Press.

Steve Sack, editorial cartoonist for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, is the 2006 Berryman Cartoonist of the Year. Bloomberg.com received the Foundation’s award for Excellence in Online Journalism. A project from the Medill School of Journalism called “Digital Trails” was cited for innovative use of the media. Listen to the presentation of the Online Journalism Award:

Michael Weisskopf of Time Magazine, received the Chairman’s Citation for the body of work that followed the loss of his right hand while throwing an explosive device out of the Humvee in which he was riding in while covering the war in Iraq.  Listen to his remarks: 

Middle East. The Worth Bingham Prize for investigative reporting was awarded to Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman of The Hartford Courant entitled “Mentally Unfit, Forced to Fight.”

The awards were presented Thursday, February 22, 2007 at the Hilton Washington Hotel, during the National Press Foundation’s 24th Annual Awards Dinner, a black-tie fund-raising event that honors excellence in American journalism. More than 1,100 people attended the fundraiser, which supports full fellowships for NPF’s issue-oriented programs.