CQ-Roll Call‘s Joseph Schatz has won the 2010 National Press Club’s Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. Schatz is the fifth CQ-Roll Call reporter to win the award since it began in 1999.
Schatz’s June 2009 CQ Weekly cover story “China Duet With the Dragon” earned him the award.
This win marks the third year in a row that CQ has won the Hume award. Staff writer Tim Starks won in 2009; former staff writer Jonathan Allen (now with Politico) won in 2008.
The award is named in memory of Sandy Hume, the reporter for The Hill who broke the story of the aborted 1997 coup against House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It honors excellence and objectivity in political coverage by a reporter 34 years old or younger for either a single story of great distinction or for continuing coverage of one political topic.