Gilbert M. Grosvenor
National Geographic Society
Gilbert M. Grosvenor, chairman of the National Geographic Society Board of Trustees, has been chosen by the board of the National Press Foundation to receive the W.M. Kiplinger Award for Distinguished Contributions to Journalism. The award carries a $1,000 honorarium and an engraved crystal vase. All of NPF’s major awards are presented at our annual awards dinner, which this year takes place on March 1, 2011, from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, at the Hilton Washington.
The selection committee said in its unanimous report to the board: “Mr. Grosvenor has steered a venerable print institution into the digital age, achieving great distinction through its websites, television programs, films and educational efforts. He has helped shape how we view our world, a rare accomplishment.”
The award is named in honor of W.M. Kiplinger, the founder and editor of the Kiplinger family of financial publications. The judges for the Kiplinger award this year were Austin Kiplinger, Chairman of Kiplinger Washington Editors; Knight Kiplinger, Editor-in-Chief and President, Kiplinger Washington Letter; Susan Swain, co-president of C-SPAN; Stephen G. Smith, editor of The Examiner and Mike Tackett, Washington Bureau Chief, Bloomberg News.
Previous winners of the Kiplinger Award include Bill Kovach, founding chairman of the Committee of Concerned Journalists; Tom Friedman of The New York Times; and Linda Johnson Rice, among many others. You can find more information about the Kiplinger award here.
The National Press Foundation is a 501-c-3 which conducts educational programs for journalists and issues awards for accomplishments. We conduct about 45-50 days of programming around the U.S., and internationally. All of our programs are on-the-record, free to selected journalists and all expenses are paid. The foundation accepts contributions from non-profits, for-profits and individuals. The annual awards dinner is our largest source of unrestricted revenue.
Other winners to be honored on March 1, 2011 include Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC News and MSNBC; Mark Silverman, editor of the Tennessean; and Matt Wuerker, editorial cartoonist for POLITICO.