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The WHCA is proud to sponsor several prestigious professional journalism¬†awards that highlight our colleagues’ significant accomplishments in the field. The call for entries goes out in January, and awards are presented in the spring at the annual dinner.

The Aldo Beckman Award

This award recognizes a correspondent who personifies the journalistic excellence and personal qualities of Aldo Beckman, a former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and correspondent for the Chicago Tribune. Established in 1981, the Aldo Beckman, a joint effort of The Tribune Company and the WHCA, carries a cash prize of $1,000.

Merriman Smith Award

The Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage under deadline pressure originated in 1970 in memory of Merriman Smith of United Press International, a White House correspondent for more than thirty years. The $2,500 award was conceived to perpetuate Mr. Smith’s memory and to promote the excellence he brought to his profession. The award is offered in two categories:

  • PRINT Newspaper, wire service, magazine
  • BROADCAST Radio and television

The Edgar A. Poe Award

The Edgar A. Poe Award honors excellence in news coverage of subjects and events of significant national or regional importance, written with fairness and objectivity. A prize of $2,500 was established by the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Newhouse Newspapers in honor of their distinguished correspondent, Edgar A. Poe.