-- Last night was a proud one for ABC News. The Radio and Television Correspondents Association awarded three out of their four annual honors to outstanding members of this news division.
Jonathan Karl, ABC News’ Chief White House Correspondent, received the Joan S. Barone Award, which recognizes excellence in Washington-based political reporting. Jon’s analysis and depth of knowledge on breaking news stories from Hillary Clinton’s marathon testimony before the Benghazi Committee to the stunning and abrupt resignation of Speaker Boehner distinguishes ABC News from the competition.
ABC News’ Senior Operations Producer Peter Doherty received the Jerry Thompson Award, which recognizes an extraordinary career in production focused on commitment to quality. For decades, Peter’s singular focus has been helping everyone around him better and he has become our go–to person for making new technologies work. His contributions encompass everything from how countless remote locations across Washington D.C. are wired to spearheading the move to HD in the D.C. bureau.
Finally, the RTCA recognized our great friend and colleague Dennis Dunlavey with their Career Achievement Award. Dennis was a leader and mentor at ABC News for 40 years, excelling not only as a reporter, but as a writer, producer, control room connoisseur and editor as well. He helped everyone from new correspondents to our most senior anchors and he leaves a proud legacy at ABC News.
Please join me in congratulating Jon, Peter and Dennis on these prestigious awards.