For the second consecutive year, the White House Correspondent’s Association has chosen ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper as the winner of the Merriman Smith Award for Excellence in Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure.
He won for a story he reported on May 20, 2010 that revealed that Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair was about to be asked by the President to resign. Tapper first broke the news on his “Political Punch” blog on ABCNews.com and later reported the story on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”
“We are so proud of Jake, whose pace-setting and world-class reporting informs and illuminates our national dialogue – virtually every minute of every day,” said ABC News President Ben Sherwood in a statement posted on the network’s website. “Just trying to keep up with the torrent of scoops, tweets, blog posts, radio debriefs and live broadcast coverage Jake generates around the clock from the White House could be a full-time job for even the most dedicated news junkie. We are thrilled, but hardly surprised, that Jake has earned the Merriman prize for the second year in a row.”