From the release:
Kenneth T. Walsh, U.S. News & World Report’s chief White House correspondent, this year becomes the only two-time recipient of the Aldo Beckman Memorial Award, to be presented at the annual White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner in Washington on April 21.
Since WHCA first set up the Beckman award in 1981, only Walsh has been honored twice — in 1991 and again this year.
According to the WHCA Web site, the award “recognizes a correspondent who personifies the journalistic excellence as well as the personal qualities exemplified by Aldo Beckman, the award-winning correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and former WHCA president.”
Walsh, having covered the White House full time for U.S. News since 1986, is one of the most experienced and longest serving reporters ever to cover the presidency. A presidential historian and author of four books including, most recently, From Mount Vernon to Crawford: A History of the Presidents and Their Retreats (2005), Walsh provides unique insight and depth in his analysis of current White House news.
“The judges were impressed with his deeply reported pieces that provided fresh framing and enormous historical perspective,” said Ellen Shearer, a journalism professor at Medill School of Journalism and the Medill News Service’s director and bureau chief. “In a critical year, he got beyond pack journalism and spin to give a nuanced understanding of the Bush presidency.”