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DC Chapter honors journalism legends at annual dinner

The DC Pro Chapter recently held its annual Dateline Awards Dinner at the National Press Club. National SPJ President Christine Tatum and Executive Director Terry Harper were among the notables at the head table.

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Hall of Fame inductees included Muriel Dobbin, retired from McClatchy; Bob Franken, formerly of CNN; Terry Hunt, Associated Press; and Mark Knoller, CBS News. Past National SPJ President Reginald Stuart, also a Wells Key winner, received the Distinguished Service Award. In addition to these honors, the annual Dateline awards were presented to media in the DC area.

The DC Pro Chapter is looking forward to seeing SPJ members from all over the country for the SDX dinner on July 20. The chapter will tempt those visitors to attend the annual summer gathering, scheduled as a picnic at the Zoo the following day.

SPJ National President Christine Tatum, left, and legendary White House correspondent and SPJ member Helen Thomas.

Steve Taylor of ABC Radio, left, chats with Todd Gillman of the Dallas Morning News. Gillman is chairman of programming for SPJ's upcoming national conference, Oct. 4-7 in Washington, D.C.

SPJ members (from left to right) Julie Asher, Bob Webb and Andy Schotz. Webb is the D.C. chapter's recently inaugurated president. Schotz is chairman of SPJ's national ethics committee.

"Harry Truman's piano" at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The president who had a son-in-law and grandson with careers in journalism would entertain the press corps during various (and often raucous) "off-the-record" appearances.
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