David Fahrenthold, who became an election 2016 reporting legend for his consistent, persistent coverage of Donald Trump’s foundation and charitable donations and his innovative pen and paper record-keeping technique, has been awarded the Washington Post’s Ben Bradlee Prize.
Fahrenthold is the first to receive what will be an annual prize, named in honor of the late Washington Post editor. It is meant to “honor the relentless and courageous pursuit of truth by an individual or team of Washington Post journalists,” as publisher and CEO Fred Ryan and executive editor Marty Baron described it when the Post announced the creation of the award in 2014.
“Dave’s work dominated political conversation during much of the presidential race and ranks as one of the greatest runs of political journalism in recent memory,” said Ryan in a statement. “We are proud to recognize his dogged reporting on stories of keen interest to voters and readers around the world.”