The White House Correspondents’ Dinner isn’t all jokes and drinking.
In between the puns and the gags, the event acknowledges the work of journalists keeping tabs on national politics.
One of those journalists was Matt Viser, a reporter in The Boston Globe’s D.C. bureau, who received the Merriam Smith Memorial Award for deadline reporting.
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) May 1, 2016
Viser got the award for his reporting on the Iran nuclear deal last July. In describing Viser’s work, the WHCA judges said:
In his July 14 piece, “An Inside Look at How the Iran Talks Unfolded,” Viser made the judges feel like they were in the room with Secretary of State John Kerry, his Iranian counterpart, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, and the other negotiators in Vienna. Viser made the diplomatic language of a landmark international agreement accessible to average readers. His story skillfully wove in telling details and scene-setting color.
CBS News reporter Norah O’Donnell also received the award for broadcast journalism.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) May 1, 2016
Viser wasn’t the only award-winning Globe reporter in attendance. After winning the Academy Award for best picture two months ago, some Spotlight cast members reunited with their reporter counterparts.
— Matt Viser (@mviser) April 30, 2016
Not only did the Globe’s Spotlight team get an ovation during President Obama’s monologue, they were also the subject of one of his many jokes.
Obama quips at White House correspondents' dinner that Spotlight (featuring well-resourced newsroom) is “best fantasy film since Star Wars.”
— Michaela Whitbourn (@MWhitbourn) May 1, 2016