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RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

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Bloom Daughters Remember Their Dad

Nicole, Christine and Eva Bloom, daughters to the late David Bloom who died in 2003 while on assignment in Iraq for NBC, once again presented the Bloom Award at this year’s Radio & TV Correspondent’s dinner.

Awards went to BBC World Affairs Correspondent Paul Wood and CBS News’ Clarissa Ward for reporting from Syria on the country’s civil war.

“Their reports embody all that the David Bloom Award is about,” one of the Bloom daughters said. “Not only do these reporters exemplify courage, they continue to apply pressure on policy makers and the international community to stop the bloodshed in Syria.”

“It’s a tremendous honor to win this award and I am humbled to share it with Paul Wood, whose reporting from Syria has been fiercely brave and compelling,” Ward told FBDC. “I remember vividly watching David Bloom’s coverage of the invasion of Iraq when I was an assistant on the overnight desk at FOX. To be given an award that was created in memory of a journalist whose work I respect and admire so much, is truly meaningful. These stories would not have been possible without the help of an incredibly brave network of activists who risked their lives to get their story out to the world.”

Last year one of the Bloom girls walked on stage with crutches. Fortunately there was no sign of a lasting injury this time around and all three are blooming nicely.

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NBC’s Engel Wins Bloom Award

NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel has won this year’s David Bloom Award for Excellence in Enterprise Reporting for his work while embedded with the soldiers of Charlie Company 2-508 of the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan.

The award, named for the late NBC News correspondent who died covering the war in Iraq in 2003, was presented by Bloom’s three daughters, Christine, Nicole, and Ava at the Radio & TV Association’s Congressional Correspondents’ Dinner last year.

FishbowlDC Interview: NBC’s Antoine Sanfuentes

It was no shocker when NBC News announced that Antoine Sanfuentes would replace Mark Whitaker as their Washington Bureau Chief.  After all, Sanfuentes was already second in command. Perhaps the most astonishing part of the press release was found in the obligatory biographical information included in all HR announcements.  Surprisingly, Antoine’s career began as an intern for the same newsroom he now leads.  In 1990 he landed a desk assistant gig and within five years made his way to the White House as a senior producer.  Now 21 years after his humble beginnings as a D.A., Sanfuentes has become one of the network’s top executives.

“Everyone respects him because he rose up through the ranks, paid his dues, and understands this bureau and this network instinctively,” explained NBC’s Savannah Guthrie. “For him to become bureau chief made perfect sense – he’s one of us.”

Guthrie describes Antoine as a leader with “razor-sharp competitive instincts” – a view shared by most everyone at the bureau.

“Antoine brings a no-nonsense, ‘make it work’ mentality to the newsroom. He is incredibly knowledgeable, clever and resourceful – the benefit of decades of experience,” said Guthrie.

But it’s more than the network’s on-air talent that feels the love for Sanfuentes.  It’s not unusual to find a D.A. hanging out in his office and he’s been known to keep in touch and offer career advice to former interns, long after they’ve completed their internships.

“Antoine is loyal, passionate and somebody who cares greatly about the future of NBC News in Washington and also the bureau’s employees – from the top talent to the midnight-shift maintenance worker,” said Luke Russert.

Besides the full, professional drum kit that resides in his office, Sanfuentes is the epitome of Washington newsman.

“Antoine’s heart is in the news business but his soul belongs to music. He’s an accomplished rock n’ roll and jazz drummer who may even show you his latest drum solo after a meeting about Capitol Hill coverage plans,” added Russert.

With such glowing endorsements, we couldn’t resist asking Antoine to do the FishbowlDC interview.  Read it after the jump.

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Big Night for BBC

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Just after BBC News correspondent Lyse Doucet was awarded the prestigious David Bloom Award, Doucet, Katy Kay and the rest of the BBC team held court at the Historical Society of Washington DC, following last night’s annual Radio Television Correspondents Association (RTCA) dinner. Celebs, politicos and hoards of journos packed the glam fete.

Spotted in the crowd were Tara Palmeri of the Washington Examiner, Luke Russert and Chuck Todd from NBC, MSNBC’s Domenico Montanaro, Fox News’ Griff Jenkins and Wes Goler, NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, TVNewser’s Kevin Allocca, The Hill’s Sam Youngman, Capitol News Connection radio scribe Matt Laslo, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, John King, Roland Martin, Meryl Conant, Meghan Grant and Edie Emery, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Politico’s Andy Barr, Pia Catton, Michael Calderone, Jonathan Martin and MTP EP Betsy Fischer.

Other guests included QGA Chairman Jack Quinn with wife Susanna, media maven Tammy Haddad and Brian Walsh.

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Bloom’s Daughters Remember Their Father

As promised, last night at the RTCA dinner the daughters to the late NBC journalist David Bloom gave a touching tribute to their father.

Watch it below:

David Bloom’s Daughters to Speak at RTCA Dinner

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Each year the daughters of David Bloom, the NBC correspondent who in 2003 died in Iraq, make a presentation at the Radio & TV Correspondent’s dinner in their father’s honor.

Tonight is no exception.

Here are tributes from years past as captured by C-SPAN.
Tomorrow morning we’ll bring you the tribute from tonight’s dinner.

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2007

Watch Bloom’s daughters in 2008 and 2009 tributes after the jump…

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RTCA Dinner Wrap-Up

We think the President said it best- “The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list.”

There were no TomKat or Ashton and Demi sightings. The biggest star (and highest dress slit) in the room was former Miss California Carrie Prejean, followed in star power by actor Tate Donovan and Angelina Jolie‘s brother James Haven.

But the 2009 RTCA dinner did light up the Washington Convention Center with DC journo star power- those attending included Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Major Garrett (check him out with Prejean in a photo after the jump), Chuck Todd, Jonathan Karl, Bill Plante, Savannah Guthrie, Ed Henry, Bill Press, Contessa Brewer, Luke Russert, Maureen Orth, Willie Geist, Mika and Joe, Judy Woodruff, Lawrence O’Donnell (and Norah and Kelly), Nancy Cordes, Steve Capus, David Bohrman, Robin Sproul, Heidi Collins, Carl Cameron, John Harwood, Mike Allen and Mark Whitaker to name a few.

As well as Robert Gibbs, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Michael Steele (actually seated at a CBS table with Burton), Dana Perino, Samantha Powers, Ken Salazar (donning a cowboy hat), Austan Goolsbee, Gordon Johndroe, David Axelrod, Eric Holder, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Leon Panetta and Rep. Glenn Nye.

The dinner was a little unconventional than most. Before dinner was served, there were various performances by JibJab, the Onion News Network and Sweet Honey on the Rocks (a favorite of Michelle Obama, though she did not attend). RTCA chair and the evening’s emcee Heather Dahl introduced President Obama, who left soon after this remarks. The date of the dinner actually changed a few times to accommodate the President’s schedule.

The Joan S. Barone Award was presented by CBS’ Bill Plante to NBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira for his coverage of the bailout story on the Hill. Viqueira dedicated his award to Mary Dorman, the NBC Washington bureau’s longtime assignment desk manager who died early this year of cancer. The Bloom daughters also presented an award in their father David Bloom‘s memory. BBC’s Rome Hartman accepted on behalf of Orla Guerin. A video tribute to Bill Headline, Tony Snow and Tim Russert, all who passed this year, was also shown.

More photos after the jump…

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RTCA Award Submission Deadline Approaching

Radio & TV Correspondents’ Association Chair Heather Dahl reminds us this evening that the deadline for submissions for the 2009 Barone and Bloom Awards is this Friday, April 3rd.

All submissions must be hand-delivered to the Senate Radio-TV Gallery and the winners will be announced, as always, at the annual dinner Thursday, June 4th.

The Joan Shorenstein Barone Award is in honor of the former CBS “Face the Nation” executive producer and is presented for excellence in Washington-based reporting of Congressional and political affairs. The David Bloom Award honors the late NBC correspondent and anchor by recognizing excellence and courage in enterprise, investigative or feature reporting.