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SPJ-DC Pro Inducts MDDC Veterans Thomas Boswell and Haynes Johnson into Chapter Hall

By T.C. Cameron

The D.C. professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will induct Andrea Mitchell, Thomas Boswell, Haynes Johnson and Terence Smith into its’ Hall of Fame June 11. Steve Geimann, Deputy Team Leader at the Bloomberg News Washington bureau, will receive the chapter’s Distinguished Service Award.

Two inductees have a long association with MDDC members. Boswell is a nationally known sports columnist for The Washington Post, and Johnson is a professor at the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism, a Pulitzer Prize-winner at the old Washington Star and an alumnus of The Washington Post.

Boswell, Johnson and the other SPJ-DC inductees will receive their accolades at the chapter’s Dateline Awards dinner at the National Press Club. Inductees must have demonstrated at least 25 years of strong journalism in the Washington region.

SPJ-DC’s event precedes the MDDC’s 2013 Hall of Fame celebration at the University of Maryland’s College of Journalism by two days. Carol Melamed (The Washington Post), Tom Marquardt (Annapolis Capital) and Jim Keat (Baltimore Sun) will take their place in the MDDC Hall of Fame June 13. Former University of Maryland associate dean Frank Quine is MDDC’s Distinguished Service Award winner. The MDDC Hall of Fame is domiciled at Knight Hall, thanks in large part to Quine’s insistence.

Boswell got his start at the Post in 1969 as a copy aide and was a general assignment reporter for 12 years before earning a regular column in 1984. Boswell has authored several books and has written for publications such as Inside Sports, Esquire, GQ and Playboy. Boswell is a frequent contributor on live television and sports documentaries, and is the host of live chats at washingtonpost.com.

Besides being a professor at the University of Maryland, Johnson is contributing editor for American Journalism Review. Johnson started out as a reporter for the Washington Star in 1957, where he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1966 for his reporting on the civil rights crisis in Selma, Ala. Johnson went to The Washington Post in 1969 and was a national reporter, assistant managing editor and national affairs columnist. Like Boswell, Johnson is a best-selling author and a regular on the television circuit.

Terence Smith spent 20 years at The New York Times before joining CBS News in Washington in 1985. In 1998, Smith became senior producer for Public Broadcasting Service’s “The NewsHour,” where he remains as a correspondent.

Andrea Mitchell joined NBC in Washington in 1978 and is now chief foreign affairs correspondent and host of a daily show on MSNBC.

The chapter will also present awards for excellence in local journalism at their Dateline dinner. Tickets are now available for $80 for SPJ members (plus one guest per member) and $110 for nonmembers. Contact dinner chair Andy Schotz for questions or to make reservations.

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