Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for “The New York Times,” has won the 28th annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency. The $5,000 award recognizes journalists whose high standards for accuracy and substance help foster a better public understanding of the Presidency.
The 28th annual Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes for distinguished reporting in 2014 were presented by Foundation Chairman Red Cavaney and Foundation Trustee Carla A. Hills at the Foundation’s Annual Dinner on June 1, 2015 at The Capitol Hill Club in Washington, D.C.
When announcing their decision to award Peter Baker the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prize for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency in 2014, the judges issued the following statement:
“Throughout a year fraught with unexpected developments and challenges for the administration, particularly in foreign policy, senior White House correspondent Peter Baker was reliably consistent in providing analysis, historical context and behind-the-scenes reporting for readers of the New York Times. Drawing on his experience reporting from Moscow and covering three U.S. presidents, Baker was particularly effective in analyzing the repeated failure of U.S. attempts to influence Vladimir Putin. He also provided unique insight, from the administration perspective, on the unanticipated rise of ISIS and the administration’s subsequent and reluctant decision to send military personnel back to Iraq. Baker also demonstrated a seasoned flair for deadline reporting, exemplified by his comprehensive report on President Obama’s year-end announcement restoring U.S. diplomatic relations with Cuba. Baker’s work product reflects a wealth of named sources and balanced, even-handed attention to differing points of view. Baker also topped the Ford competition in 2007 and becomes the second (with Kenneth Walsh) repeat winner of the Gerald R. Ford prize for distinguished reporting on the presidency.”
The Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation sponsors the Gerald R. Ford Journalism Prizes for Distinguished Reporting on the Presidency and Distinguished Reporting on National Defense to recognize and encourage thoughtful, insightful, and enterprising work by journalists covering the presidency and national defense. The Foundation is a private, nonprofit, nonpartisan corporation whose programs are supported entirely by contributions and bequests in an effort to honor President Ford’s sustained commitment to public service.
For more information about the annual prize or previous winners contact: Joe Calvaruso, Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation, 303 Pearl Street NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49504-5353, (616) 254-0397, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.geraldrfordfoundation.org.