The award is made at the sole discretion of the chairman of the National Press Foundation. Susan Swain, the current NPF chairman and the co-president of C-SPAN, said, “It will be my final duty as chair of the foundation to present the award to Mr. King. I cannot think of a better way to hand over the gavel than to recognize his important contributions to our city and to the journalism profession.”
Mr. King won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for commentary, among a host of other awards. He is a regular panelist on the weekly syndicated political show, “Inside Washington.” The award carries a $1,000 honorarium.
The award will be presented at NPF’s 27th annual awards dinner, held on February 16, 2010. Other award winners include 60 MINUTES (the Taishoff Broadcaster of the Year); Paul Anger, editor of the Detroit Free Press (Ben Bradlee Editor of the Year), Brianna Keilar of CNN and Julie Hirschfeld Davis of the Associated Press (Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress) and Mike Keefe of the Denver Post (Berryman Cartoonist of the Year), among others.
For information about the dinner contact Kerry@nationalpress.org.