This is not the way we wanted to be celebrating, but we are still thrilled to be able to honor our recipients this year. We hope in 2021 we can gather in person once again to celebrate all of our outstanding colleagues. Congratulations to all our award winners!
Jason Donner RTCA Executive Committee Chair
Paul Orgel 2020 RTCA Awards Chair
Joan S. Barone Award
The 36th annual Joan S. Barone award for excellence in journalism honors the memory of the late Joan Shorenstein Barone, former executive producer of CBS’ “FACE THE NATION.” Funding for the award was raised by Ms. Barone’s friends and colleagues. The award recognizes excellence in congressional and political affairs reporting in Washington D.C.
Chad Pergram’s reporting weaves a narrative which reveals what really goes on inside one of the most-powerful buildings in the world. He breaks down the details in an easily understandable way for viewers that allows Congress to be accessible to them.
Chad Pergram has covered Congress for most of his career. That dates back to his reporting for Ohio radio stations, following an obscure state representative named John Boehner.
He joined Fox News in 2007 after stints with Capitol News Connection, NPR and C-SPAN. This is Pergram’s second Joan S. Barone Award. He first won the award in 2006.
Pergram focused his award-winning coverage on the impeachment of President Trump, the Mueller investigation, contempt of Congress citations, and breaking down confusing Congressional procedures with props: a kitchen blender and ping-pong balls.
Pergram also won the Edward R. Murrow Award for excellence in reporting in 2007. In 2009, Washingtonian recognized Pergram as one of the top 50 journalists in Washington.
He was the first journalist to confirm the death of Osama bin Laden on the air in 2011. In 2017, Pergram first reported that a shooter wounded House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) at a Congressional baseball practice. Pergram has also moonlighted on the Washington Capitals radio broadcasts.
He’s a native of Jacksonburg, OH, the smallest incorporated village in the state (population: 52). He earned undergraduate and master’s degrees from Miami University (OH). Pergram resides in Alexandria, VA with his wife, Carrie.
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David Bloom Award
The 15th annual David Bloom Award for excellence in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting honors the memory of the late David Bloom, correspondent and anchor at NBC News. The award recognizes a journalist who has exhibited courage in their commitment to staying fresh and daring in their reporting under strenuous circumstances.
James Longman embodies the spirit of the David Bloom Award. His powerful storytelling shines through the connection he creates with individuals he interviews and his ability to get them to open up their lives to share with the world.
James Longman has been a foreign correspondent for ABC news since 2017. Based in London, his work takes him all over the world—to date over 30 countries and counting.
He was the first U.S. network reporter at the Thai cave where the soccer team went missing, and was the first to interview them after their rescue. In Syria, he was the first to gain a television interview with American ISIS bride Huda Mothana. From terror attacks in Sri Lanka, protests in Hong Kong, climate change in Antarctica, or earthquakes in Indonesia—and even a royal tour with Harry and Meghan around Australasia—Longman has covered some of the most important international events of our time.
Prior to joining ABC, Longman worked at the BBC as the Beirut correspondent and a general news reporter. In a varied brief, he covered terrorist attacks across Europe, mental health issues and adolescent drug use.
Longman started out at the age of 24, when as a young Arabic graduate he stationed himself in Syria at the beginning of the war. Embedded with activist networks as the protest movement developed, Longman wrote for a number of publications and helped arrange access for news organizations.
Longman has been nominated for three News Emmy Awards for work in Thailand and in the Middle East, and was nominated for the Royal Television Society 2016 Young Talent of the Year Award.
Longman was raised bilingual in French and English and speaks Arabic. He is a graduate in Arabic from the School of Oriental and African Studies and has a Masters of Science in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics.
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Jerry Thompson Memorial Award
The ninth annual Jerry Thompson Memorial Award honors the memory of the late Jerry Thompson, photojournalist at CNN, and was established in 2012 by the RTCA Executive Committee. It is awarded to a photojournalist who is a selfless teacher and mentor, consistently reaches beyond expectations both professionally and personally, and encompasses the epitome of friendship.
Everyone on Capitol Hill knows Eddie Gross from his work with CNN Congressional Correspondent Manu Raju staking out Congressional hallways. Eddie embodies the ideals of the Jerry Thompson Award for his hard work, selfless demeanor, constant smile, and most importantly being a friend to all.
Photojournalist Eddie Gross’ career has spanned more than 35 years.
Since 1985, he has had the privilege of covering six United States presidents, as well as many kings, queens, and prime ministers from all over the world.
He’s also covered stories ranging from the Iran-Contras Hearing to numerous presidential elections and presidential impeachment trials to the ongoing
Gross works on Capitol Hill where he’s partnered with previous Barone Award Winner CNN Correspondent Manu Raju as Raju interviews members of Congress.
In his free time, Gross loves to spend time with his family and cheer for his beloved Los Angeles Rams.
Career Achievement Award
The Career Achievement Award is awarded each year to a RTCA member for his or her significant accomplishments and contributions to broadcast coverage on Capitol Hill.
Unistar Radio Networks, AP Radio, SRN News, Westwood One News
The RTCA Executive Committee proudly awards its Career Achievement Award this year to Linda Kenyon honoring all of her years reporting on Capitol Hill for radio and her dedicated service as a past member of the RTCA Executive Committee.
Linda Kenyon has been covering Capitol Hill, the White House and Washington in general since the ‘90s. She came to Washington, D.C. from Massachusetts after working at several radio stations in New England and in the Midwest.
Most recently she served as Capitol Hill Correspondent and backup White House Correspondent for Westwood One News. Prior to her time at Westwood One Linda was the Senior Capitol Hill Correspondent and backup White House Correspondent for SRN News (Salem Radio Network) where she also served as an anchor.
Linda also has worked at three other national radio networks including AP Radio and Unistar Radio Networks.
She holds a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from Ohio University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.
Linda is a published author, a volunteer for the blind and an avid paddler and cyclist.
DC Central Kitchen’s life-changing solutions to hunger and poverty are critical in normal times. But in response to COVID-19, their work became a lifeline for DC’s children, seniors and families. Since March, DC Central Kitchen’s COVID-19 response efforts have included providing meals and grocery bags of fresh produce to those in need, particularly children who typically rely on meals at school, older adults, and their Culinary Job Training students whose training was disrupted by this crisis. In lieu of purchasing tickets this year, the RTCA is donating $5,000 and is asking attendees to continue supporting the DC Central Kitchen and their efforts to feed our community.
You can learn more about their response efforts at DCcentralkitchen.org/covid-19.