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National Press Club Awards Honor Five Journalists

by | Jul 28, 2017

The 44th Annual National Press Club Awards Dinner on  July 28 recognized many journalists who have won important contests and awards in their fields. But, the ceremony in the Club’s historic ballroom also honored five journalists for their extraordinary careers and lives.

JIM VANCE. The broadcasting legend from WRC-TV in Washington was honored with The President’s Award for his outstanding service to journalism and this community. Representatives of WRC (Channel 4) accepted the award for the late Mr. Vance.

CHARNICE MILTON. The parents of Charnice Milton, a journalist for the Hill Rag, who was shot and killed in May 2015 while returning home from a reporting assignment, attended the event as guests of the Press Club. Francine Milton and Ken McClenton were joined by Andrew Lightman of Capitol Community News who was Charnice’s employer. Charnice’s killer remains at large. A bookstore in Charnice’s name was recently formed in Anacostia.

ALISON PARKER. The parents of Alison Parker, the reporter for WDBJ-TV who was shot and killed in August 2015 (along with her cameraman Adam Ward) while reporting on television attended the dinner as guests of the Press Club. Andy and Barbara Parker are honorary members of the Press Club and have been doing significant advocacy and philanthropic work in Alison’s memory.

JASON and YEGI REZAIAN. The Rezaian’s were unjustly detained in Iran on July 22, 2014, and held in prison without charges and under harsh conditions. Both are journalists – Jason for The Washington Post and Yegi for The National, a UAE publication. Yegi was eventually released, but Jason was held over for 544 days. During their time in prison and after, the Rezaians have exhibited courage, grace and dignity. They have recently been on fellowships and Jason is working on a book scheduled for release in 2018.

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