The Public Relations Society of America National Capital Chapter (PRSA NCC) held its 53rd Annual National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards (ECAs) virtually and honored the top communications professionals, programs, products and campaigns in the greater Washington area from the past year.

In addition to the award winners, the chapter announced the year’s National Capital Public Relations Hall of Fame inductees, shown above: Ben Finzel, president and founder of RENEWPR, and Kate Perrin, founder and CEO of PRofessional Solutions, LLC, the D.C. area’s first temporary staffing agency for public relations professionals, which operated from 1994 to 2020.

PRSA NCC presented a total of 10 Excellence in Communication Awards and four Certificates of Excellence, selected by a panel of experienced practitioner judges who meticulously scored and reviewed entries against research, planning, implementation and evaluation (RPIE) standards.

The evening was highlighted by the announcement of Allison+Partners and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants “Launch of the Chief Virtual Learning Officer (CVLO) Program” as the 2021 recipient of the Best in Show Award in a new awards category of public relations campaigns that demonstrated innovation due to COVID-19. The Best in Show is given to the entry that has the strongest strategic initiative along with creativity and impeccable execution. Allison+Partners’ and Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants’ campaign recognized parents’ stress and anxiety with helping their children through online schooling during the pandemic and invited families to get away together.

“The National Capital Excellence in Communication Awards are the D.C. industry’s premier awards program to honor and recognize exceptional creativity and innovation,” said Lauren Lawson-Zilai, President of PRSA NCC. “This year, we introduced new categories to acknowledge and celebrate how communication professionals had to pivot and adapt to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the pandemic, frequently with no additional staff or budget to do so. This year’s award winners and Certificate of Excellence honorees truly represent the best and the brightest in the greater Washington region.”

For a comprehensive list of all National Capital Excellence in Communication categories and winners, visit

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