Awards Roundup

A couple of noteworthy awards floating about this morning. First, two Washington-area journalists are among the 12 honored with a Knight-Wallace fellowship at the University of Michigan.

The Washingtonian’s Drew Lindsay and the Sun’s Gail Gibson will each receive $55,000 to cover a year of study and seminars. Lindsay will be studying education and the “new” civil rights movement, and Gibson will be investigating the Supreme Court and free speech in wartime America.

Second, the National Association of Black Journalists presented a number of awards last week, including naming the Post’s Krissah Williams as the association’s “emerging journalist” of the year. It also inducted four journalists into the center’s Hall of Fame, including ABC’s Carole Simpson and a posthumous award to Max Robinson, a local news pioneer in Washington who helped with the launch of the ABC’s World News Tonight. Ed Bradley from 60 Minutes also got a lifetime achievement award.

The NABJ reserved a very special honor, though, for Armstrong Williams: It voted to give him a rare “Thumbs Down” award. No word yet on whether Williams plans to attend the awards ceremony to receive his dubious honor in person.