ABC News Anchor Terry Moran Wins Merriman Smith Award For Excellence in Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure for Second Time

By David Ford

Apr 2, 2013 10:50am

Fourth Year in a Row the White House Correspondents Association Honors an ABC News Reporter

“Nightline” anchor Terry Moran, who covers the Supreme Court for ABC News, is being recognized by the White House Correspondents’ Association with the Merriman Smith Award in the broadcast category for excellence in presidential coverage under deadline pressure. Moran is being honored for his reporting on the Supreme Court’s ruling on the Affordable Care Act. According to a press release issued by the WHCA, the judges recognized Moran for having “calmly guided viewers through the complexity, contradictions and nuance of the ruling while explaining what it means for the president and his political fortunes.” In addition, ABC News Supreme Court reporter Ariane De Vogue played a key role in ABC’s coverage of the ruling and senior producer Stephanie Smith contributed to the award entry.

Moran was also honored with the Merriman Smith Award in 2006 for his coverage of President Bush’s first visit to areas hit by Hurricane Katrina.

This is the fourth year in a row that the White House Correspondents’ Association has honored an ABC News journalist with the prestigious Merriman Smith Award. Moran will be presented with the award for broadcast coverage at the WHCA’s annual dinner in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, April 27.

Terry Moran is a co-anchor of ABC News’ “Nightline” and has covered the Supreme Court for nearly 20 years.  Prior to co-anchoring “Nightline,” he was ABC’s Chief White House correspondent for six years, covering the administrations of President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. His full bio here.

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