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Dinner to Honor Robin Toner Tonight

Family and friends of Robin Toner will gather tonight to honor her memory and watch as the Toner Prize is awarded. The event is part of The Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting by the Newhouse School at Syracuse University.

The prize comes with $5,000 and is named for Robin, a graduate of Syracuse University and the first woman to be national political correspondent for the NYT.

Robin’s twins, 15-year-old Nora and Jacob, are going to hand out the award and announce the honorable mentions. Many of Toner’s reporter friends will be coming into town to attend the dinner. It’s been an entire election cycle since she died in 2008. The 2012 election was the first without a Robin Toner byline since before 1980.

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelious will speak. Those expected to attend include: Jill Abramson, executive editor, NYT; Rick Berke of the NYT; Janet Elder, deputy managing editor, NYT; David Leonhardt, Washington bureau chief, NYT; Marty Baron, executive editor of WaPo; Tom Edsall, formerly of WaPo and now professor of journalism at Columbia University; Dan Balz and Karen Tumulty of WaPo, Mike McCurry, former WH press secretary; Larry Kramer, publisher of USA Today; Andrea Mitchell, NBC News; Jerry Seib, WSJ, and Sen. Jay Rockefeller.

The dinner is being held at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center at the Kaiser Family Foundation in downtown Washington. A reception begins at 6 p.m., followed by dinner.

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Journos Compete for Cash

The S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse U. is currently accepting entrants for the second Annual Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. The prize, which carries a $5,000 dollar reward, honors Robin Toner, the first woman to become national political correspondent for the NYT. It is rewarded for the best strictly political reporting in print, broadcast and online. Commentary pieces are not eligible. Last year, Craig Harris from The Arizona Republic won for his eight-part series on a broken public pension plan in the state.

You can submit a piece at the Toner Program’s website. Charlotte Grimes, Professor & Knight Chair in Political Reporting at Syracuse, tells FishbowlDC, “The winner is notified in late February, after all the judging. And the award is [given at a] ceremony at the Newhouse School on March 26.” So make your late winter plans accordingly. The deadline for submission is January 14.

NJ’s Serafini to Kaiser Family Foundation

National Journal health care writer Marilyn Werber Serafini is moving to the Kaiser Family Foundation for a new journalism fellowship established in memory of the late Robin Toner of the New York Times.

The news release can be found here.

Robin Toner Remembered

NY Times Washington Bureau Chief Dean Baquet paid tribute to Robin Toner at last night’s dinner. From Mike Allen’s Playbook:

One thing about Robin: she was stubborn, and she knew when she was right and her editors were wrong, which was MOST of the time. There were many Friday nights, when she was covering the 2000 midterms, when she’d be working on Sunday stories- in particular, one story the Sunday before the elections- in which her editors (not me, by the way) were trying to predict the outcome of that Tuesday’s vote. Every hour, a new set of instructions on what the story should say came from New York, believe it or not. [Murmurs.] And she would pull her hair and say: ‘These guys don’t know what they’re talking about. This is so a) conventional wisdom, or b) horserace, or c) just plain wrong.’ But she hung on right through the end, till late Friday night. And the next day, she’d be the first to admit if the story got better for some of the meddling. But it hurt her to say it. And I have to admit it didn’t happen all that often. I miss Robin in deeply personal ways. But what I miss most of all is what Robin would have done with the story we’re covering now. I miss what she’d say about Obama and Daschle. I miss her telling me to cover the issues. And I miss her telling me to remember the history before writing the story. I miss her tremendously, as does the whole Bureau. Thank you so much.

Remembering Robin…

Lots of folks headed to the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament today to remember New York Times reporter Robin Toner, who passed away recently from colon cancer.

It was described to us as “heartbreaking,” especially when Robin’s husband, LA Times’ chief economic correspondent Peter Gosselin, delivered a powerful eulogy, addressing it directly to the couple’s 11-year-old twins, Jacob and Nora.

As for notable attendees: Bill Keller, Jill Abramson, Rick Berke and Jonathan Landman from the Times’ New York mothership. Also, Bob Schieffer, Cokie and Steve Roberts, Dan Balz, Todd Purdum and Dee Dee Myers and Terry Hunt.

Barack Obama wrote a letter, which was read aloud to the congregation.

On the day Toner passed, the Times held a private, informal gathering in the DC bureau, in which glasses were raised in her honor and stories were told.

Morning Reading List, 12.16.08

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Hoyer Remembers Toner

Following the passing of New York Times reporter Robin Toner, House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer released the following statement:

“I was deeply saddened to hear of the death of Robin Toner.

“She was a reporter of great talent and insight. Her ability to convey to the American public the Congress’s deliberations and actions was helpful to them and our democracy.

“She will be missed by her colleagues at the New York Times and by all of us who respected her tireless research of the issues, accurate analysis, and cogent reporting.

“My thoughts and prayers are with her family, especially her husband and children.”