Andrea Mitchell Earns ICFJ Founder’s Award for Excellence in Journalism

By A.J. Katz 

Andrea Mitchell has been on-air a lot over these past few days, covering the 2022 Midterm Elections for NBC and MSNBC. Yet, she still found time to attend the International Center for Journalists’ Tribute event Thursday evening in Washington.

Mitchell was being honored with the ICFJ’s Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism.

While accepting the award, Mitchell delivered remarks about the state of the news business, saying that “we need great journalism now more than at any time I can recall – and historians would say, in our country, more than at any time since the Civil War.” She added, “Never before has our system been challenged as it has been in the last year – and that is mirrored by authoritarian movements overseas.”


Mitchell was joined at the event by NBCU News Group chairman Cesar Conde, on-air colleagues Kristen Welker and Jen Psaki, along with NBC’s Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland, and her longtime executive producer Michelle Perry, among others.

MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart served as the event’s master of ceremonies.

“Good, solid journalism trumps everything, no matter what the platform,” Mitchell added. “And by mentoring and supporting an enormous network of global journalists, your mission is critical.”

Previous ICFJ Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism winners include 60 Minutes’ Bill Whitaker (2021) and CNN’s Fareed Zakaria (2020).