Andrea Mitchell to Receive Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism

Contact: Doug Gavel
Date: March 21, 2005

Cambridge, MA — Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, will receive this year’s Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism at 6:00 pm, Tuesday, March 22 at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Andrea Mitchell is the Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent for NBC News, a position she has held since November 1994. She reports on evolving foreign policy issues in the United States and abroad for all NBC News broadcasts, including “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Today,” and on both CNBC and MSNBC.

Prior to being named Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Mitchell had been NBC News’s Chief White House Correspondent, a position she assumed after covering Bill Clinton from the New Hampshire primary through the entire 1992 presidential campaign. From 1988-1992, Mitchell served as Chief Congressional Correspondent. During that time, she played a major role in reporting on the budget, the savings and loan bailout, the Clarence Thomas hearings and other legislative issues. She also served as a regular political analyst on “Today.” Mitchell first covered the White House for NBC News from 1981-1988, during both of Ronald Reagan’s terms as President.

Mitchell joined NBC News in 1978 as a general correspondent based in Washington, D.C. In 1979, she was named NBC News’ Energy correspondent. In that capacity, she reported on the energy crisis and the Three Mile Island nuclear incident. Before joining NBC, she was a correspondent for WDVM-TV (then WTOP), the CBS affiliate in Washington, D.C. From 1967-1976, she was a broadcast journalist for KYW Radio and KYW-TV in Philadelphia.

A native of New York, Mitchell received a B.A. degree in English literature from the University of Pennsylvania where she currently serves as a Trustee, a member of the Executive Committee and Chairman of the Annenberg School Advisory Board. Mitchell is married to Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and resides in Washington. D.C.

"Andrea Mitchell is a distinguished, tough and indefatigable journalist whose career has been a showcase of top-quality reporting on the rough-and-tumble of politics and policy," said Alex Jones, director of the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy. "She has seen it all, and we look forward to her insights in this very challenging environment for the press."

Previous Goldsmith Career Award winners include Linda Greenhouse, Seymour Hersh, Christiane Amanpour and Ted Koppel.

The Goldsmith Awards Program, launched in 1991, also includes a $25,000 Prize for Investigative Reporting and two $2,500 Book Prizes. The winners of these prizes will be announced at the March 22 event.

TUESDAY, MARCH 22, 2005, 6:00 PM – GOLDSMITH AWARDS CEREMONY
John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, Kennedy School of Government
Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Goldsmith Book Prizes, Keynote address by Andrea Mitchell, Goldsmith Career Award Winner.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23, 2005, 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM - GOLDSMITH SEMINAR
“The Present and Future of Investigative Reporting”
Taubman Building, fifth floor, Kennedy School of Government

A panel discussion with:

Andrea Mitchell, NBC News

Paul Donsky and Ken Foskett, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
James Fallows, The Atlantic Monthly
Diana Henriques, The New York Times
Steve Suo and Erin Hoover Barnett, The Oregonian
Florangela Davila and Justin Mayo, The Seattle Times
Brett Shipp and Mark Smith, WFAA-TV, Dallas, TX
Greg Barker, Frontline

Moderated by Alex Jones, Director, Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy.

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