Capitol Hill media figures took a break from ongoing impeachment protection on Thursday night to honor NBC Information Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell with a profession achievement award.
O’Donnell is the primary lady to obtain the Radio & Tv Correspondents Affiliation’s Profession Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. A 25-year veteran of the community, O’Donnell quipped, “Might I ask this of the RTCA board. Might we name this the ‘Mid-Profession Achievement Award’?”
Additionally honored on the occasion have been Mary Bruce, ABC Information’ senior congressional correspondent, who received the Joan S. Barone Award for political reporting prior to now yr. She lined the Brett Kavanaugh affirmation hearings. The BBC’s Clive Myrie received the David Bloom Award for his reporting on the supply of the opioid disaster. CNN’s Kim Uhl acquired the Jerry Thompson Memorial Award, recognizing profession achievement in photojournalism.
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O’Donnell has lined not simply Capitol Hill, however the White Home and 6 presidential election cycles, and she or he has interviewed President Invoice Clinton, President George H.W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and first women Laura Bush and Rosalynn Carter.
“The information enterprise is at its coronary heart a enterprise of questions,” O’Donnell mentioned. “Most questions we ask of others, the newsmakers we cowl, however some are questions greatest directed at ourselves. Will I be worthy of what’s required immediately? Realizing it may very well be a seemingly peculiar day or one the place one other piece of historical past is carved. Will I be truthful? Will I be thorough? Will I maintain my opinions out of my work? Will I maintain a humorousness and a way of humanity?”
She was particularly shut to 2 senators on reverse ends of the political spectrum — John McCain and Ted Kennedy. She recalled that McCain as soon as instructed her that sooner or later when the Senate gallery was stuffed with spectators, and a fairly uneventful subject was being debated on the ground, McCain “walked over to Ted Kennedy and mentioned one thing alongside the strains of ‘We’ve received a full home. Let’s give ’em a present.’ And the 2 males launched right into a thundering debate arguing with ardour and loving each second of it.”