Four top female political reporters were honored at the sixth annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards on April 26.
The annual event, which kicked off the 2019 White House Correspondents' Dinner weekend, was hosted by Story Partners founder and chairman Gloria Story Dittus and Washingtonian CEO Cathy Merrill Williams.
From left: Amanda Terkel, Abby Phillip, Ashley Parker, Andrea Mitchell, Gloria Dittus and Cathy Merrill Williams
Andrea Mitchell, chief foreign affairs correspondent for NBC and host of MSNBC’s "Andrea Mitchell Reports," received the Lifetime Achievement Award. “A great deal has changed since I began reporting in Washington for NBC News more than forty years ago,” Mitchell told the crowd. “The old boy’s network on the 1972 campaign that Timothy Crouse chronicled in ‘The Boys on the Bus’ is no more. NBC’s News’ campaign team in 2016 of Hallie Jackson, Katy Tur, Kristen Welker, Kasie Hunt and me—yes, along with an occasional male colleague—was a breakthrough for our gender.”
Ashley Parker, White House reporter for the Washington Post, was named Outstanding Journalist in Print. “Covering the White House means working to report not just the administration’s message of the day or spin, but also to unearth the story they might not want us to tell,” Parker said. “These are, after all, the stories that often affect the lives of everyday Americans.”
CNN White House correspondent Abby Phillip, who was named Outstanding Journalist in Broadcasting, described the moment she faced president Trump’s intimidation as she tried to ask him a question. Huffington Post Washington bureau chief Amanda Terkel, named Rising Star, recalled being the only woman in the newsroom.
“During the week of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Story Partners and Washingtonian host our annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards to honor women journalists in our nation’s capital,” said Dittus. “And this year we are truly honoring the A-team. Today's media landscape is one of the most challenging environments we have ever seen, but Andrea, Ashley, Abby, and Amanda rise above and beyond every day to report the news.”