TEGNA Inc. president and CEO Gracia Martore was honored with a CEO Lifetime Achievement Award from the Washington Business Journal. Martore was presented the honor at an awards dinner at the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. The Washington Business Journal editorial team selected Martore for her “exceptional efforts leading TEGNA during its 2015 separation of Gannett.” In September 2016, Martore announced she would retire as president and CEO upon the close of the announced spin-off of Cars.com into a publicly traded company. The deal is expected to close in the first half of 2017.
Journalist members of the National Press Club elected Jeff Ballou as their 110th president. Ballou, a news editor at Al Jazeera Media Network and the Club’s current vice-president will be the first African-American male to be president in the Club’s 108-year history. Ballou will take office on Jan. 13, 2017 and will be inaugurated at the “Club of Champions” inaugural gala on Jan. 14, 2017.
The Washington Post awarded David Fahrenthold the first annual Ben Bradlee Prize for his penetrating coverage during the 2016 presidential campaign. “We are thrilled to bestow on Dave our inaugural Ben Bradlee Prize,” said Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., publisher and CEO of The Washington Post. “Dave’s work dominated political conversation during much of the presidential race and ranks as one of the greatest runs of political journalism in recent memory. We are proud to recognize his dogged reporting on stories of keen interest to voters and readers around the world.”