WASHINGTON, Jan. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Brian Krebs of KrebsOnSecurity, the pioneering digital investigative journalist and author, will receive the coveted National Press Foundation Chairman's Citation award at the annual NPF gala Feb. 18 in Washington.
As one of the top cybersecurity journalists in the world, Krebs was the first to uncover the massive cyberattacks on Target, Adobe and Home Depot; report on malware that would later be known as Stuxnet; and he has exposed the activities of Russian cybergangs. Through a vast network of sources, he has illuminated the digital underground and brought the dangers of the Internet into the public debate.
"Brian Krebs has not only demonstrated that one journalist can build a digital news organization from the ground up, he's shown that one journalist can have an incredible impact across an entire industry by upholding the highest standards of reporting," said NPF board chairman Heather Dahl. "He is a pioneer in covering crime and conflict in cyberspace—while facing frightening physical threats and relentless digital assault as a result of his on-the-ground coverage."
Krebs is the founder of KrebsOnSecurity.com and author of the New York Times bestseller Spam Nation. Krebs was previously a reporter for the Washington Post, where he authored the acclaimed Security Fix blog. He has appeared on 60 Minutes, CBS This Morning, CNN, NPR, Fox, ABC News, and in the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, USA Today, and more, and has been profiled in the New York Times and Bloomberg's BusinessWeek.
The Chairman's Citation is determined solely by the chairman of the non-profit journalism education foundation and honors individuals or organizations whose work falls outside traditional categories of excellence. Previous honorees have included the late Anthony Shadid of the New York Times; Al Hunt, editor at Bloomberg News; Colbert I. King, columnist with the Washington Post; Otis Chandler, former publisher of the Los Angeles Times; and the journalists of the Gulf Coast, who kept working through Hurricane Katrina despite great personal suffering.
The award will be presented on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at the 32nd annual NPF Awards Dinner in Washington. The dinner is NPF's largest source of unrestricted revenue and supports its all-expenses-paid programs for journalists in the U.S. and globally. A complete list of NPF award winners can be found here.
SOURCE National Press Foundation