2017 Awards Dinner

The Annual Awards Dinner provides NPF’s largest source of unrestricted revenue. By helping to defray our costs, sponsors ensure that we reach more journalists each year through our training programs. Award winners at our Feb. 16, 2017 dinner represented the best of well-known news organizations like The Washington Post and ABC News as well as community media like the Houston Chronicle and The Advocate of Baton Rouge. Scroll through these videos of our award winners.

The Washington Post received the Best Use of Technology in Journalism Award for its multimedia presentation, “The Waypoint,” on the tide of refugees washing up on Europe’s shores.

Steve Buttry of Louisiana State University was given the Chairman’s Citation for his career of over 40 years practicing and teaching journalism.

Martha Raddatz of ABC News received the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism for her reporting in the field and in the studio on national security, foreign policy and politics.

Clark Hoyt was named the winner of the W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award for his advocacy of free, independent and responsible news media throughout his career at Knight Ridder, the New York Times and Bloomberg.

Houston Chronicle was given the “Feddie” Award for Reporting on Federal Rules and Local Impact for its project, “Chemical Breakdown,” highlighting neglected and ignored regulations in the chemical industry.

The Washington Post received the Innovation in Journalism Award for its documentation of killings by police across the United States in “Fatal Force.”

Jay Newton-Small of ELLE Magazine was recognized with the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for her reporting on the women in the U.S. Senate and their abilitiy to work around the Capitol’s gridlock.

Peter Kovacs, editor of The Advocate in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, was named the Benjamin C. Bradlee Editor of the Year for his demonstration of great leadership in extremely challenging times as his state was subject to historic flooding and a controversial police shooting of a black man.

Darrin Bell of the Washington Post New Service and Syndicate received the Clifford K. and James T. Berryman Award for Editorial Cartoons for his edgy cartoons highly focused on current events that fascinate and offend.

See a full list of winners here.

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