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ABC’s Jake Tapper Wins WHCA Award

For the second year in a row, ABC News’ Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper has won the White House Correspondents’ Association Merriman Smith Award in the broadcast category. Tapper is being honored for the story he reported last May that revealed that Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair was about to be asked by the President to resign. Tapper first broke the news on his blog on ABCNews.com and later reported it on “World News with Diane Sawyer.”

“We are so proud of Jake, whose pace-setting and world-class reporting informs and illuminates our national dialogue – virtually every minute of every day,” said ABC News President Ben Sherwood.

Last year, Tapper received the Merriman Smith Award for his reporting that broke the story of former Senator Tom Daschle’s tax problems, which ultimately derailed his nomination to be President Obama’s Secretary of Health and Human Services.

Tapper will be honored at next Saturday’s White House Correspondents’ Association annual dinner.

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