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The journalist many long regarded as the voice of Fox News received lifetime achievement award last night.


Brit Hume Honored By Phillips Foundation

The journalist many long regarded as the voice of Fox News received lifetime achievement award last night.

The journalist many long regarded as the voice of Fox News was honored last night for lifetime achievement by the Phillips Foundation.

In accepting the Lifetime Achievement Award at a standing-room-only dinner at the National Press Club, Brit Hume noted earlier remarks that this might well be the first of many such honors for the journalist whose career started with daily newspapers and ended recently at Fox.

“Tomorrow night, I’ll be getting another award from MSNBC — for the ‘worst person of the year,’” deadpanned Hume, who has been at Fox News since it was launched a decade ago by Rupert Murdoch (someone, Hume recalled, that nearly everyone he knew in the Fourth Estate considered “the anti-Christ,” but, “I spent some time with him and thought he was a great guy.”).

Turning serious, the man with the velvet voice and rapier wit referred to his earliest days in the newspaper business as a reporter with the Hartford (CT.) Times — my hometown’s “afternoon newspaper, in fact, and a publication I so enjoyed that it encouraged me to enter journalism." Hume also had warm remembrances of the Times and how the city editor would haul reporters before him who wrote opinionated pieces and tersely order them “Do it over!”

Sadly, he pointed out, the Times is now defunct, as are most afternoon papers and a increasing number of dailies.  But the spirit of beginning and following a story without a slant from the beginning, Hume said, is the way he approached his new job of starting the fledgling Fox Washington bureau after leaving ABC 13 years ago.

In referring to freelance journalists such as blogger (and Phillips Fellow) Stephen Morse, Hume said that the idea of them working from their home and competing for attention online “is wonderful.”  This would lead to more diverse views on news stories, and a brighter future for journalism, concluded Hume.

The award for Brit Hume was the conclusion of an event in which ten winners of journalism fellowships totaling $320,000 was announced.  Topics of the work that the young journalists will pursue range from “The Assault on School Choice” to “Transnational Progressivism and the Threat to America.”

In an effort to promote the objective journalism that Brit Hume had spoken of last night, the Phillips Foundation launched its fellowship program in 1994.  Since then, the Foundation has awarded 85 fellowships for journalism projects supportive of American culture and a free society. 

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John Gizzi has come to be known as â??the man who knows everyone in Washingtonâ? and, indeed, many of those who hold elected positions and in party leadership roles throughout the United States. With his daily access to the White House as a correspondent, Mr. Gizzi offers readers the inside scoop on whatâ??s going on in the nationâ??s capital. He is the author of a number of popular Human Events features, such as â??Gizzi on Politicsâ? and spotlights of key political races around the country. Gizzi also is the host of â??Gizziâ??s America,â? video interviews that appear on Gizzi got his start at Human Events in 1979 after graduating from Fairfield University in Connecticut and then working for the Travis County (Tex.) Tax Assessor. He has appeared on hundreds of radio and TV shows, including Fox News Channel, C-SPAN, America's Voice,The Jim Bohannon Show, Fox 5, WUSA 9, America's Radio News Network and is also a frequent contributor to the BBC -- and has appeared on France24 TV and German Radio. He is a past president of the Georgetown Kiwanis Club, past member of the St. Matthew's Cathedral's Parish Council, and secretary of the West End Friends of the Library. He is a recipient of the William A. Rusher Award for Journalistic Excellence and was named Journalist of the Year by the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2002. John Gizzi is also a credentialed correspondent at the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. He has questioned two IMF managing directors, Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Christine LaGarde, and has become friends with international correspondents worldwide. Johnâ??s email is JGizzi@EaglePub.Com

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