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The WHCA is proud to sponsor several prestigious professional journalism awards that highlight our colleagues’ significant accomplishments in the field.  All entries must be submitted by 5 pm on Friday, March 1. The awards will be presented at the annual dinner on April 27.

The Aldo Beckman Award

This award recognizes repeated excellence in White House coverage. It is named for the late Aldo Beckman, a former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association and correspondent for the Chicago Tribune

For details, click here for the Aldo Beckman Award Call for Entries

Merriman Smith Award

The Merriman Smith Memorial Award for excellence in presidential news coverage under deadline pressure originated in 1970 in memory of the late Merriman Smith of United Press International, a White House correspondent for more than thirty years and a former president of the WHCA.

The award is offered in two categories: PRINT including newspaper, wire service and magazine and BROADCAST including Radio and television.

For details, click here for the Merriman Smith Award Call for Entries

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. It is named for the late Edgar A. Poe, a distinguished correspondent for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Newhouse Newspapers and a former president of the WHCA.

For details, click here for the Edgar Poe Award Call for Entries

Submit Entries

Click here to submit entries for any of these awards.