Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress

The Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress was created in 1980 in honor of the late Republican Senator from Illinois. The award is intended to recognize U.S.-based journalists whose work shows thoughtful appraisal and insight into the workings of the U.S. Congress and represents the highest standards of journalism. The winning journalist or team of journalists receives a $5,000 prize. The award is presented at the NPF Annual Awards Dinner.

Wall Street Journal reporters James V. Grimaldi and Michelle Hackman have won the 2017 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress.

The NPF judges said: “Their investigation revealed that Rep. Tom Price, then the nominee to be HHS secretary, had traded in health stocks while pushing legislation that could affect those stocks. Reverberations from their story dominated Price’s confirmation hearings and effectively put him in the crosshairs during his brief tenure at HHS.”