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.

Applications are not accepted for this award.

Clark Hoyt received the 2016 W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award for his achievements during a half century in journalism.

The NPF judges for the Kiplinger award said: “Clark Hoyt has been a steadfast champion of free, independent and responsible news media throughout his career at Knight Ridder, the New York Times and Bloomberg. Clark supported the Knight Ridder Washington Bureau’s critical coverage of the Bush administration’s case for invading Iraq in the face of sharp criticism and skepticism, even within some of his company’s own papers. Clark has won many awards for his work, from the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 to the John S. Knight Gold Medal, Knight Ridder’s highest employee award, in 2004. One of journalism’s toughest jobs is ombudsman, and Clark served as public editor of the Times with distinction. He is also an abiding supporter of journalism training, serving as one of the earliest NPF chairmen.”