Notes From Today’s Gerald R. Ford Journalism Awards Ceremony

The Gerald R. Ford Journalism Awards ceremony was held today at the National Press Club. The annual awards honor reporting on the presidency and national defense.

  • The Washington Post’s Peter Baker — a unanimous choice for his reporting on the presidency in George W. Bush’s final year — gave a shout out to his wife, the Washington Post’s Susan Glasser, whom he called “the best journalist, best editor and best friend anyone ever had.”

  • Postie Rick Atkinson, on book leave from the paper, was awarded for “Left of Boom,” his series for the Washington Post on IEDs. “Susan Glasser is not my wife … but she was a great supporter and believer in this project.”

    “I feel like I’m here under false pretenses,” said Atkinson. “I’m a recovering journalist. I’m more of a historian these days.”

  • Vice President Dick Cheney noted he had just finished reading Atkinsons’s book, “The Day of Battle.”

  • Cheney took another opportunity to rip the NY Times for disclosing the terrorist surveillance program, calling it “frankly, less than honorable” that the Times “would win the Pulitzer Prize, one of the nation’s highest journalism awards,” for the story.

  • At the head table: Greta van Susteren, Ed Chen, Henry Kissinger, Bob Schieffer, Baker, Atkinson, Lynn Cheney.