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Lifetime Achievement Award

The Washington Press Club Foundation presents the Lifetime Achievement Award every year at the Congressional Dinner. This award recognizes an individual whose outstanding accomplishments promote the journalistic profession and enhance the role of women journalists.  


The 2017 Award Goes to Diane Rehm

Challenging segregation laws, Hunter-Gault became the first black woman to enroll at the University of Georgia in 1961. Her acclaimed 1992 autobiography, "In My Place," includes her account of this experience.
After getting her professional start in television, in the WRC-TV newsroom in Washington, D.C., Hunter-Gault moved quickly to the New York Times, where she single-handedly established the paper's Harlem bureau.
She returned to broadcast in 1978 as national correspondent and occasional anchor for "The MacNeil/Lehrer Report," winning two Emmys and the Peabody Award for journalism excellence. In 1997 she left for South Africa to serve as NPR’s chief correspondent in Africa and later as CNN’s Johannesburg bureau chief and correspondent until 2005

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The board of directors of the Washington Press Club Foundation is pleased to announce that award-winning journalist Diane Rehm has been selected to receive its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the 73rd Annual Congressional Dinner on March 1, 2017, in Washington, D.C.

Diane Rehm is a native Washingtonian who began her radio career in 1973 as a volunteer for WAMU 88.5, the NPR member station in Washington, D.C. She was hired as an assistant producer and later became the host and producer of two health-oriented programs. In 1979, she began hosting WAMU’s local morning talk show, Kaleidoscope, which was renamed The Diane Rehm Show in 1984. The Diane Rehm Show grew from a local program to one with international reach and a weekly on-air audience of more than 2.8 million.  Diane continues to reach her audiences with weekly podcasts.  

  Previous Winners:

2006  Helen Dewar

2007  Tad Bartemus

2008  Helen Thomas

2009  Nan Robertson

2010  Dorothy Gilliam

2011  Bonnie Angelo 

2012 Edith M. Lederer 

2013 Lynn Povich

2014 Ann Compton

2015 Charlayne Hunter Gault

2015 Linda Deutsch