National Press Club

Washington Post, Bloomberg, Chicago Tribune, KPIX-TV win National Press Club awards

June 26, 2017 | By Will Lester | wjlester@aol.com

A Washington Post political writer, a team of Bloomberg reporters, the Chicago Tribune and KPIX-TV won first-place awards in this year’s National Press Club journalism contest.

David Fahrenthold of the Post won the Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis for his work covering presidential candidate Donald Trump and his charitable contributions.

Bloomberg won the Breaking News award for fast and thorough coverage of the Brexit vote, while KPIX won the Consumer Journalism-Broadcast award for its package looking at the use of carcinogenic chemicals in infant car seats.

The Chicago Tribune won Consumer Journalism-newspapers for its coverage of fatal drug interactions and won the Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award for its package on mistreatment of hogs at large confinement facilities.

The first-place and honorable mention winners of the contest will be recognized at the annual awards dinner on Friday evening, July 28, National Press Club in Washington.

National Press Club Journalism Contest Winners

Breaking News: The Bloomberg News team for its coverage of the Brexit vote and its implications.

Consumer Journalism-newspapers: Dangerous Doses by Sam Roe, Karisa King and Ray Long of the Chicago Tribune, a package looking at fatal-drug interactions.

Consumer Journalism-periodicals: “The Politics of Pain,” by the Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press - a look at big pharmaceutical companies’ role in the opioid painkillers crisis.

Consumer Journalism-broadcast: “Toxic Safety,” by KPIX of San Francisco, a package looking at the use of carcinogenic chemicals in infant car seats.

Edwin M. Hood Diplomatic Award: “Iran Prisoner-Hostage Swap,” by a team of Reuters reporters.

Washington Regional Reporting: Abby Livingston of The Texas Tribune for her work looking at the Texas delegation in Washington.

Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism-print: David Zurawik of the Baltimore Sun for perceptive columns on media, the campaign and changes in the electorate.

Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism-broadcast: David Folkenflik of NPR for his stories on the media, politics and other topics.

Newsletter Journalism: “Busted: The Last Oil Boom?” by E&E News - a look at the boom-bust economic cycle of the oil industry.

Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award-print: A team from The Chicago Tribune for “The Price of Pork” - a look at the mistreatment of hogs at large hog confinement facilities.

Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award-broadcast: KDFW-TV for a close look at problems with investigation and prosecution of animal abuse in Dallas.

Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award: M.B. Pell and Joshua Schneyer of Reuters for “Unsafe at Any Level” - a thorough and innovative package on the problem of lead in the water of Flint, Michigan.

Sandy Hume Award for Excellence in Political Journalism: Robert Faturechi of ProPublica for his strong work, including a story on the effectiveness of a lobbying campaign.

Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatics: Anna Gorman of Kaiser Health News for “Diagnosis Unprepared” - a look at key issues in health care such as the gap in care between the patient’s release from the hospital and return home.

Michael A. Dornheim Award: Investigative reports by Elan Head of Vertical Magazine looking in-depth at safety concerns about helicopters.

Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis: David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post for “his curiosity about and remarkable tenacity” in tracking Donald Trump’s charitable contributions.

National Press Club Journalism Contest Honorable Mention Winners

Breaking News- The Washington Post for coverage of the Orlando nightclub shooting.

Consumer Journalism-newspapers: “The Uncounted,” by a team of Reuters reporters looking at “superbugs” - antibiotic resisting bacteria.

Consumer Journalism-periodicals: Fusion’s Kashmir Hill for a quirky story about mapping devices and lost cellphones.

Consumer Journalism-broadcast: ABC’s Brian Ross Investigates - a look at shoddy home construction.

Washington Regional Reporting: Sarah Wire of the Los Angeles Times for creative coverage of the California delegation.

Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism-print: Paul Farhi of the Washington Post for his smart coverage of a variety of media issues.

Newsletter Journalism: American Banker for “What is Esther George Thinking?” - a perceptive look at a member of the Federal Reserve.

Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award-print: “A Deeper Look at Wildlife Tourism,” by Rachael Bale of National Geographic. This takes a close look at practices such as swimming with dolphins and riding elephants that are detrimental to the welfare of the animals involved.

Ann Cottrell Free Animal Reporting Award-broadcast: “Trouble on the Tracks,” by a team from WRC-TV looking at the deaths of horses at the Charles Town race track in West Virginia.

Joan M. Friedenberg Online Journalism Award: “Death by Fentynyl,” by a team from Fusion. A strong look at how the opioid crisis is hitting America.

Sandy Hume Award for Excellence in Political Journalism: Jenna Johnson of the Washington Post for her thoughtful, well-written political reporting.

Joseph D. Ryle Award for Excellence in Writing on the Problems of Geriatics: the San Francisco Chronicle for “Last Men Standing” - A creative and powerful look at AIDS survivors and the struggles they have faced.

Michael A. Dornheim Award: John Donnelly of Roll Call for his investigative work on the Air Force’s aging fleet of Huey helicopters.

Lee Walczak Award for Political Analysis: Jon Hilsenrath and Bob Davis of the Wall Street Journal for a thorough look at the economics of trade and how it affected the 2016 election.