WASHINGTON, D.C., May 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The American News Women's Club (ANWC) will honor Greta Van Susteren with the 2016 Excellence in Journalism award at their gala dinner at the National Press Club, May 19, 2016 at 6:30p.m in the ballroom. Emceed by Greta's former CNN co-host Roger Cossack, she will be toasted by Ted J. Williams, Hilvan Finch and people who know Greta best with surprise guest "cameo" appearances by Norah O'Donnell, last years' honoree, and Rachel Maddow.
Greta Van Susteren, the acclaimed host of On the Record with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News Channel will be recognized for her contributions to journalism and the community. Over 20 years ago, Van Susteren became a prominent figure when she hosted CNN's Burden of Proof and The Point. Prior to her media career, Van Susteren was a lawyer and was an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown University.
"We are delighted to pay tribute to Greta, an outstanding journalist and thoughtful commentator, who skillfully uses her legal background in reporting on the highest profile issues of the day," says Mary Catherine Andrews, Chair of the dinner.
"Our honoree is a trailblazer, an inspiration to aspiring journalists, including the ANWC scholarship recipients, who will also be recognized at the dinner," added Julie Chase, gala Co-chair. Proceeds from this 22nd annual benefit provide scholarships for journalism students from area universities.
Each year at its annual benefit ANWC bestows the Award for Excellence in Journalism upon a journalist who has been a leader in the profession. Past honorees include Helen Thomas (1993), Catherine Filene Schouse (1994), Sarah McClendon (1995), Sam Donaldson (1996), Walter Cronkite (1997), Andrea Mitchell (1998), Larry King (1999), Jim Lehrer (2000), Al Neuharth (2001), Judy Woodruff (2002),Cokie Roberts (2003), Bob Schieffer (2004), Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee (2005), Brian Lamb (2006), Katie Couric (2009), Eleanor Clift (2010), Diane Rehm (2011), Candy Crowley (2012), Barbara Walters (2013), Gwen Ifill (2014) and Norah O'Donnell (2015).
American News Women's Club is the oldest and most storied women's press club in our nation's capital. It was founded in 1932 by women reporters and writers employed by Washington's newspapers and who could not join the National Press Club until 1971. Today membership has expanded to include broadcast and freelance journalists, editors, professional writers, illustrators and cartoonists, and new media and public relations professionals. With women still under-represented at the highest levels of news editing, producing, and management, ANWC serves its diverse membership with signature newsmaker programs, ongoing professional development, and senior level networking.
ANWC also supports the next generation of women in the news with annual scholarships awarded to outstanding journalism students. Scholarships have gone to scholars at American, Gallaudet, Howard, and George Washington universities, as well as the University of Maryland.
ANWC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, to which donations are tax deductible. For more information on this event, membership, or future events, please visit: www.anwc.org or call 202-332-6770.
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