Pete Williams to Receive 2018 John F. Hogan Award for His Contributions to Journalism and Freedom of the Press

June 5, 2018 11:00

John F. Hogan
The Radio Television Digital News Association is pleased to announce Pete Williams as the winner of the 2018 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award. Named for the founder and first president of RTDNA, the award recognizes an individual's contributions to the journalism profession and freedom of the press. Williams is NBC News’ justice correspondent, covering the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security and the U.S. Supreme Court.
 
“Over the course of his distinguished career, Pete Williams has served the public first as a government spokesman and then, for the last 25 years, as a reporter covering government,” said Scott Libin, Chair of RTDNA. “His insight and understanding of power and politics have proven hugely valuable to the viewers of NBC News.”
 
In his 25 years of reporting for NBC News, Williams has covered the Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen spy cases, the Unabomber investigation, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Olympic bombing and search for Eric Rudolph, the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the courtroom wrangling over the 2000 Florida election results, the federal government's massive investigative response to the 9/11 terror attacks, and the legal battles over the Obama administration's health care law. 
 
Prior to joining NBC News, Williams was a reporter and news director at KTWO Radio and Television in Casper, Wyoming from 1974 to 1985. In 1986, he joined the staff of Congressman Dick Cheney of Wyoming as a legislative assistant and press secretary. In 1989, when Cheney was named Defense Secretary, Williams was appointed Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and served as Pentagon spokesman during the Persian Gulf War and military operations in Panama and Somalia. The National Association of Government Communicators named him Communicator of the Year in 1991.
 
Working with the Radio Television Digital News Association, which he served as a member of the board of directors, he successfully lobbied the Wyoming Supreme Court to permit broadcast coverage of its proceedings and twice sued Wyoming judges over pre-trial exclusion of reporters from the courtroom.

Williams is a recipient of three national news Emmy awards and two Edward R. Murrow Awards from RTDNA. He will be presented with this year’s John F. Hogan Award on Friday, September 28 at Excellence in Journalism 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland. Learn more, register for the conference and purchase tickets to the reception following the awards presentation at excellenceinjournalism.org.