Celebrating Women Journalists

Each year, the Washington Women in Journalism Awards honors a group of outstanding journalists in our nation’s capital. During this year’s virtual event, we will award four of Washington’s top female political reporters across four categories.

This year’s honorees are:

  • CBS’ Rita Braver with the Hall of Fame Award
  • NBC’s Kristen Welker as Outstanding Journalist in Broadcast Television
  • TIME’s Molly Ball as Outstanding Journalist in Print
  • POLITICO’s Anna Palmer as a Star to Watch

2020 has been a year like no other. This year will undoubtedly be one of the most consequential news events of our lifetime. In challenging times like these, we are reminded of the importance of free press. As we continue to navigate challenges brought on by the pandemic, we are also reminded of the importance of accurate and timely reporting.

Women journalists play an invaluable role in the media industry and should be recognized for their breakthroughs and contributions. That is why we co-host the annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards – to celebrate the remarkable reporting done by women journalists.

Historically, the annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards have been hosted at the start of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend. This year, Washingtonian and Story Partners are pleased to have rescheduled and restructured the event to provide our honorees with the recognition they deserve. We thank our sponsors: National Retail Federation, American Beverage Association, American Council of Life Insurers, Johnson & Johnson, National Association of Manufacturers, Southern Company, AT&T and U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Rita, Kristen, Molly and Anna are four outstanding journalists who have continued to excel in their coverage throughout the pandemic. We are thrilled to be celebrating excellence in reporting and standards, which is critical now more than ever.

Cathy Merrill, CEO of Washingtonian and co-host of the Washington Women in Journalism Awards