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 NPF awards dinner. Applications are not accepted for this award.
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.
Judy Woodruff of “PBS NewsHour” and Albert R. Hunt of Bloomberg View have been selected to win the 2018 W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award.
NPF judges took the rare step of honoring two journalists. Their citation: “Judy Woodruff and Albert R. Hunt are true partners in journalism and life. Their contributions to journalism personify lifetime achievement. Both have had distinguished careers across different media. Both have been generous mentors to an army of journalism heavyweights. Both have fostered informed and civilized public discussion of issues of critical importance to our nation.”