WTOP Radio’s ubiquitous Capitol Hill Correspondent, Dave McConnell, earned a unique recognition this week. The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association declared him the first ever winner of the Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress.

McConnell has more than 50 years of reporting experience in Washington. He joined WTOP in 1965 and became the station’s full-time Capitol Hill Correspondent in 1981, a position he still holds today.

“As a kid, Dave and his classmates used to cut class to go see the Senators,” said WTOP Vice President of News & Programming Jim Farley. “His buddies went to Griffith Stadium to see the Washington Senators play but Dave actually went to The Hill to watch U.S. Senators debate. Dave is admired by members of Congress from both parties because of his fairness. Now his colleagues on ‘The Hill’ have chosen him as the first-ever recipient of their new lifetime achievement award. Dave is the EverReady Bunny of Congressional Correspondents and the hardest working Septuagenarian covering Congress and trying to keep them honest.”