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NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent to emcee Sigma Delta Chi Awards June 21

Tickets on sale now for event at National Press Club

Matthew Kent, SPJ Program Coordinator, 317-920-4788, mkent@spj.org
Jennifer Royer, SPJ Director of Communications and Marketing, 317-361-4134, jroyer@spj.org

INDIANAPOLIS — Hallie Jackson, chief White House correspondent for NBC News, will host the 87th annual Sigma Delta Chi Awards June 21 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

The SPJ Foundation, formerly Sigma Delta Chi, has held the event each year since 1932, when it honored six individuals for their contributions to journalism. This year marks the 110th anniversary of Sigma Delta Chi, which was founded in 1909 at DePauw University in Indiana.

The Sigma Delta Chi Awards are some of the most prestigious and coveted awards given to journalists. More than 80 awards recognize the best in professional journalism in categories covering print, television, newsletters, art/graphics, online and research.

Judges chose the winners from more than 1,200 entries. The awards recognize outstanding work published or broadcast in 2018.

Jackson, whose reporting appears across all NBC News and MSNBC platforms, including “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt,” “TODAY,” “Meet the Press with Chuck Todd” and NBCNews.com, will serve as emcee for the event.

“I am so delighted to have Hallie on board this year. She represents all that good journalism stands for and we are delighted that she will be there with us at such a spectacular event,” said Alison Bethel McKenzie, executive director of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Jackson, who also hosts the 10 a.m. hour of “MSNBC Live,” earned her reputation as a tireless and versatile reporter with her coverage of the 2016 Republican primary battle and the rise of President-elect Donald Trump.
Jackson previously worked at the NBC Los Angeles bureau, was a national correspondent for Hearst Television in Washington, D.C., and has worked for WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, and was a general assignment reporter for WBOC-TV in Maryland.

Tickets for the June 21 event are on sale now. It begins at 6 p.m. with a cocktail reception. Dinner and the awards presentation are at 7 p.m.

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