Soon-to-be Buzzfeed Senior Political Writer Chris Geidner and Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg have received awards from the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. For the second year in a row, Geidner, who has been a White House Correspondent, has won the Excellence in News Writing Award, this year for reporting at Metro Weekly on the Dept. of Justice’s decision to stop defending the Defense of Marriage Act in court. He also won the Sarah Pettit LGBT Journalist of the Year Award. Bugg won second-place recognition in Opinion Writing, and the second-place News Writing award went to the AP writer Brett Zongker, who covered the National Portrait Gallery’s Hide/Seek exhibit.
Geidner gave what is comparable to an Oscar-style acceptance speech over email: “Thanks much to NLGJA and the judges for their time and the honor! I am daily grateful — and always pleasantly surprised — that I have the opportunity to make this work into my career. Thanks, especially, to Sean and Randy Shulman at Metro Weekly for their support over the past two-and-a-half years and to Ben Smith at BuzzFeed, where I start this coming week, for giving me yet another opportunity to continue to do this important work.”
Awards will be presented at a convention and awards reception in Las Vegas in August.
Our heartfelt congratulations to Geidner, Bugg and Zongker.