Indian-American journalist, Neela Banerjee, received with Edgar A. Poe award

May 2, 2016 11:11 IST

Edgar_Poe_Award An Indian-American journalist, Neela Banerjee, was felicitated with a prestigious with Edgar A. Poe award on 1 May 2016. She was felicitated by US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle during the annual White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington.

A Washington based journalist Neela Banerjee and three of her colleagues from Inside Climate News - John Cushman Jr, David Hasemyer and Lisa Song - were presented with the prestigious Edgar A Poe award.

The award was shared by Terrence McCoy of the Washington Post, who explored the issue of lead poisoning among poor black children in Baltimore after Freddie Gray died in custody in a high-profile case of alleged police abuse.

About Neela Banerjee
A graduate of Yale University, she served as a Moscow correspondent with The Wall Street Journal.
Before joining Inside Climate News, Banerjee, was energy and environmental reporter for the Los Angeles Times’ Washington bureau. She covered global energy, the Iraq War and other issues with The New York Times.

The Edgar A. Poe Award
The annual Edgar A. Poe Award by the White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) founded in 1914 honours journalistic work of national or regional significance.

A prize of 2500 dollar was established by the New Orleans Times-Picayune and Newhouse Newspapers in honor of their distinguished correspondent, Edgar A. Poe.

Some other awards announced at White House Correspondents Dinner include

  • Aldo Beckman Memorial Award for excellence in White House coverage - Carol Lee of the Wall Street Journal
  • Merriman Smith Award for outstanding White House coverage under deadline pressure - Matt Viser of the Boston Globe
  • Merriman Smith award for broadcast journalism - Norah O'Donnell of CBS News

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