The Baltimore Sun, The Wall Street Journal and a freelance columnist who now works for USA Today were honored with top awards at the 2016 National Press Club Journalism Awards ceremony on August 4.
The Sun won the Breaking News Award for its coverage of the riots following the death of Freddie Gray, while Adam Entous won the Edwin Hood Diplomatic Award for the Journal for his stories on the erosion of relations between the United States and Israel. Jill Lawrence, now with USA Today, won the Lee Walczak Award for her freelance columns on the 2016 presidential candidates.
The Associated Press won a consumer journalism-newspapers award for its ground-breaking “Seafood from Slaves” stories about the fishing industry in Southeast Asia that resulted in the freeing of 2,000 slaves. Alexandra Petri of The Washington Post won the Angele Gingras Award for humor writing.
Also honored at the ceremony were Jason and Yegi Rezaian for their work (and imprisonment) in Iran and the family of Alison Parker, a television reporter from Roanoke who was killed along with photojournalist Adam Ward during an interview in August 2015.