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 includes a cash prize of $2,500 and the winner participates in NPF’s annual awards event. 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.
Legendary investigative journalist and author Bob Woodward was honored with the 2019 National Press Foundation’s W.M. Kiplinger Distinguished Contributions to Journalism Award.
NPF judges cited Woodward’s five decades of extraordinary journalism – investigating nine presidents, from Nixon to Trump – and praised him as a relentless shoe-leather reporter who never rested on the laurels heaped upon him.