CQ's Jonathan Allen Wins Hume Award for Excellence in Political Journalism

Jun 23, 2008, 01:00 ET from Congressional Quarterly

    WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressional Quarterly
 Inc., the nation's premier provider of news, analysis and information on
 Congress, politics and public policy, today announced that CQ Politics
 reporter Jon Allen has been awarded the National Press Club's Sandy Hume
 Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. He will accept his
 award at a special National Press Club dinner on July 14 in Washington,
 D.C.
 
     "This recognition is a well-deserved reflection of the great work Jon
 Allen does for us on an ongoing basis," said CQ President & Editor-in-Chief
 Robert W. Merry.
 
     Allen won for his October 2007, CQ Weekly cover package, "Manifest
 Disparity," in which he explored the development of appropriations earmarks
 and the way they are doled out among members of Congress. This multi-part
 cover story was the result of in-depth analysis and examination of earmarks
 from House-passed 2008 spending bills.
 
     His piece examined the disparity in earmark distribution among Members
 of Congress based on their race, relationship to House leaders, political
 orientation and proximity to "Murtha's Corner," referring to John Murtha's
 (D-Pa.) decade-long votes and earmarks trading post, which is located in a
 back corner of the House floor.
 
     "As Jon and his editors probed into various facets of the earmark
 distribution game, it became clear that his work would make for a
 fascinating and groundbreaking piece of journalism," said CQ Editor Michael
 G. Riley. "In the end, Jon, with some help from across the CQ news
 operation, produced a comprehensive and insightful project, one that we
 think opened plenty of eyes, and proved a good read to boot."
 
     The award is named in memory of Sandy Hume, the reporter for The Hill
 who broke the story of the aborted 1997 coup against House Speaker Newt
 Gingrich. It honors excellence and objectivity in political coverage by
 reporters 34 years old or younger for either a single story of great
 distinction or for continuing coverage of one political topic. This is the
 third time a CQ reporter has won this award since it was established in
 1999.
 
     Allen is a CQ Politics reporter who also contributes to CQ Weekly and
 CQ Today. He launched his Washington journalism career at CQ in 2000. In
 addition to elections, he has covered congressional party leadership and
 the federal budget and appropriations process. He is a frequent guest
 commentator on television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC,
 FOX, C-SPAN, NPR and many others.
 
     About Congressional Quarterly Inc.
 
     With more than 150 reporters, editors and researchers covering Capitol
 Hill and Washington, Congressional Quarterly keeps its readers updated in
 print and online on a weekly, daily and real-time basis. With a readership
 that includes nearly every member of Congress, as well as Executive Branch
 officials, leaders in business and associations, top academic institutions
 and important media outlets, CQ provides opinion leaders comprehensive,
 credible, current and objective information on Congress, politics and
 public policy. CQ's award-winning product line includes: CQ Weekly, CQ
 Today, CQ.com, CQ Homeland Security, CQ Budget Tracker, CQ HealthBeat, CQ
 MoneyLine, CQ Politics and Governing Magazine. CQ is owned by the Times
 Publishing Co. of St. Petersburg, Fla., publisher of the St. Petersburg
 Times and other publications. For more information, visit http://www.cq.com
 or http://www.cqpolitics.com.
 
 
 

SOURCE Congressional Quarterly
    WASHINGTON, June 23 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Congressional Quarterly
 Inc., the nation's premier provider of news, analysis and information on
 Congress, politics and public policy, today announced that CQ Politics
 reporter Jon Allen has been awarded the National Press Club's Sandy Hume
 Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. He will accept his
 award at a special National Press Club dinner on July 14 in Washington,
 D.C.
 
     "This recognition is a well-deserved reflection of the great work Jon
 Allen does for us on an ongoing basis," said CQ President & Editor-in-Chief
 Robert W. Merry.
 
     Allen won for his October 2007, CQ Weekly cover package, "Manifest
 Disparity," in which he explored the development of appropriations earmarks
 and the way they are doled out among members of Congress. This multi-part
 cover story was the result of in-depth analysis and examination of earmarks
 from House-passed 2008 spending bills.
 
     His piece examined the disparity in earmark distribution among Members
 of Congress based on their race, relationship to House leaders, political
 orientation and proximity to "Murtha's Corner," referring to John Murtha's
 (D-Pa.) decade-long votes and earmarks trading post, which is located in a
 back corner of the House floor.
 
     "As Jon and his editors probed into various facets of the earmark
 distribution game, it became clear that his work would make for a
 fascinating and groundbreaking piece of journalism," said CQ Editor Michael
 G. Riley. "In the end, Jon, with some help from across the CQ news
 operation, produced a comprehensive and insightful project, one that we
 think opened plenty of eyes, and proved a good read to boot."
 
     The award is named in memory of Sandy Hume, the reporter for The Hill
 who broke the story of the aborted 1997 coup against House Speaker Newt
 Gingrich. It honors excellence and objectivity in political coverage by
 reporters 34 years old or younger for either a single story of great
 distinction or for continuing coverage of one political topic. This is the
 third time a CQ reporter has won this award since it was established in
 1999.
 
     Allen is a CQ Politics reporter who also contributes to CQ Weekly and
 CQ Today. He launched his Washington journalism career at CQ in 2000. In
 addition to elections, he has covered congressional party leadership and
 the federal budget and appropriations process. He is a frequent guest
 commentator on television and radio news programs, including CNN, MSNBC,
 FOX, C-SPAN, NPR and many others.
 
     About Congressional Quarterly Inc.
 
     With more than 150 reporters, editors and researchers covering Capitol
 Hill and Washington, Congressional Quarterly keeps its readers updated in
 print and online on a weekly, daily and real-time basis. With a readership
 that includes nearly every member of Congress, as well as Executive Branch
 officials, leaders in business and associations, top academic institutions
 and important media outlets, CQ provides opinion leaders comprehensive,
 credible, current and objective information on Congress, politics and
 public policy. CQ's award-winning product line includes: CQ Weekly, CQ
 Today, CQ.com, CQ Homeland Security, CQ Budget Tracker, CQ HealthBeat, CQ
 MoneyLine, CQ Politics and Governing Magazine. CQ is owned by the Times
 Publishing Co. of St. Petersburg, Fla., publisher of the St. Petersburg
 Times and other publications. For more information, visit http://www.cq.com
 or http://www.cqpolitics.com.
 
 
 SOURCE Congressional Quarterly