W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award

The National Press Foundation created the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award to honor persons who have, through their vision and leadership, strengthened American journalism and furthered the efforts to establish the highest quality in American journalism. The award and a cash prize of $2,500 is presented at the annual awards dinner.

During more than 50 years of reporting writing, editing and publishing, Willard M. Kiplinger maintained the highest standards of journalistic integrity, performance and dedication to his profession. While never taking his eyes off the importance of service to readers, he staunchly supported the right of reporters to exercise their independent judgment on political and economic affairs. That ethical approach was met with commercial success: Starting with the Kiplinger Letter in 1923, Kiplinger Washington Editors now publishes five newsletters, Kiplinger Magazine, books on economics and an online news delivery service. Mr. Kiplinger, who was born in 1891 and died in 1967, continually asserted that, “A good reporter is the Noblest work of God.” In 2002 the Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award was named in honor of his professional integrity and professional accomplishments.

Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page has been selected for the 2017 W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award.

Page will receive the honor at the National Press Foundation’s annual journalism awards dinner on Feb. 15, 2018. Learn more about the dinner and awards here.

NPF judges said: “In an extraordinary career spanning a half century, Clarence Page has distinguished himself in every medium in a rapidly changing news media environment – reporter and editor for newspapers and television, syndicated columnist, book author and social media. Page’s Pulitzer Prize-winning columns tackle the thorniest issues of the day – from immigration to discrimination – with good humor and humility. For his multi-faceted career, Clarence Page is richly deserving of the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award.”