The Washington Post publisher Fred Ryan and executive editor Marty Baron today announced the creation of the Ben Bradlee Award to honor “the relentless and courageous pursuit of truth by an individual or team of Washington Post journalists,” as described in the announcement.
The award is named after The Post’s executive editor from 1968-91, a time that included the resignation of President Richard Nixon and the Watergate scandal. Bradlee died last week of natural causes at the age of 93 at his home in Washington.
Ryan and Baron wrote in their announcement on Post PR:
“Over the past week, we have all been reflecting on the life and career of Ben Bradlee. What emerges most clearly in all the recollections – many of them highly colorful – has been the depth of Ben’s integrity and his commitment to discovering the truth.”
“His values helped shape The Washington Post over many decades, and they endure in our newsroom today.”
“Ben knew that getting at the truth required persistence and fearlessness among the journalists who work here. He championed those qualities, and his fervor continues to inspire us.”
The award will be given annually, starting in 2015.
A public memorial service for Bradlee will be held at the Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, October 29 at 11am.