RTDNA has announced the winner of the 2015 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which recognizes an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press: ABC News Senior Justice Correspondent Pierre Thomas.
“Pierre Thomas epitomizes today's network correspondent, reporting on the biggest stories of our time,” said Mike Cavender, Executive Director of RTDNA. “We are thrilled to be able to honor his hard work and dedication.”
“He is a tenacious reporter and superb storyteller,” added Amy Tardif, Chair of RTDNA. "Viewers know he will dig for the truth and hold the powerful accountable.”
The award will be presented on Saturday, September 19 at 5:00pm ET at Excellence in Journalism 2015, at the Orlando World Center Marriott in Orlando, Florida. The ceremony will be followed by a reception.
About Pierre Thomas
Pierre Thomas is the Senior Justice Correspondent for ABC News. He joined the network in November 2000 and reports for “World News Tonight with David Muir” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and other ABC News programs.
Thomas was a key member of ABC’s team of correspondents covering the terrorist attacks of September 11, which earned the network a Peabody, duPont-Columbia and Emmy Award. Thomas also participated in a “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” broadcast which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2005, and was a key part of the ABC News team honored with two additional Murrow Awards in 2012 for the network’s coverage of the tragic Tucson shooting and the killing of Osama Bin Laden, and in 2014 for ABC’s coverage that included the Boston marathon terrorist attacks.
He received an Emmy Award as part of team coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and, in 2011, the Houston Association of Black Journalists honored him with its Pinnacle Award. He was recently featured in the American Journalism Review, and in 2011 was the focus of an hour-long C-SPAN broadcast about his career and thoughts on journalism. In 2012 Thomas was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.
A former Washington Post reporter, he is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Thomas currently chairs the steering committee for the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.
About the Award
Named for the founder and first president of RTDNA, the John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award was established in 1959 to recognize an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Past Hogan Award recipients include Jorge Ramos, Christopher Glenn, Don Fitzpatrick, Hugh Downs, Walter Cronkite, Terry Anderson, Rob Downey, Col. Barney Oldfield, David Sarnoff and Frank Stanton.
RTDNA is the world's largest professional organization devoted exclusively to electronic journalism. RTDNA represents local and network journalists in broadcasting, cable and digital media in more than 30 countries.