Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award

The National Press Foundation established the Editor of the Year Award in 1984 to recognize significant achievements that enhance the quality of journalism in the United States. The award is open to any U.S.-based editor at any level of a news organization. It recognizes imagination, professional skill, ethics and an ability to motivate staff — qualities that produce excellence in media and represent the highest standards of journalism. The award and a cash prize of $5,000 will be presented at the NPF Annual Awards Dinner.

Peter Kovacs, editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, received the 2016 Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year Award.

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.”

The NPF judges said of their selection: “Peter Kovacs has demonstrated great leadership in extremely challenging times. He has twice rallied his staff to perform heroic journalism in the aftermath of historic flooding, believing in the strength of the printed word to serve the community in times of crisis. Kovacs skillfully steered coverage of the police shooting of a black man in Baton Rouge that roiled the community and the subsequent shootings of law officers. When a journalistic and business opportunity opened in New Orleans, The Advocate seized both under his leadership. Kovacs’ deep commitment to journalistic excellence is in the finest tradition of the legendary Benjamin C. Bradlee.”​

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