Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress

The application for the 2020 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress will open mid-August.

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 that represents the highest standards of journalism. Entries are judged on how well they covered the workings of the Congress as a whole; helped illuminate the actions of elected officials or congressional staff; or described the workings of congressional policies. The award includes a cash prize of $5,000 and the winner participates in NPF’s annual awards event.

Michael Kruse of Politico was the winner of the 2019 National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress for an insightful series on one of the newly elected moderates in Congress.

NPF judges said: “Kruse skillfully described how the congressional process works through the lens of first-year Rep. Mikie Sherrill, and more specifically how moderates like Sherrill slowly pivoted toward impeachment. His reporting and writing revealed the tensions within the Democratic caucus.”