Congrats to Kerry Eleveld on her award for ‘Excellence in LGBT Media’

For the past year and a half, either late on Friday or early Saturday, we post a link to Kerry Eleveld’s weekly column, The View from Washington. I’ll be linking to the latest column later.

But, first, we have to offer our congratulations to Ms. Eleveld, who is receiving the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media tonight at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA) conference in San Francisco. When NLGJA announced the award, the press release stated:

Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate has been selected to be honored with the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media. Named for the late Newsweek journalist and founding editor of Out magazine, the award recognizes outstanding contributions of a journalist working in the LGBT media.

Of Eleveld’s work, judges said: “Eleveld needs to be commended for pushing for a D.C. bureau for The Advocate,” as well as “From her unique place inside the White House, she’s consistently making news and controlling the direction of news stories.”

Indeed, Kerry has been making news since she arrived in D.C. last year. She’s broken story after story — and has asked savvy questions of those in power. The LGBT community has benefited immeasurably from having her on the D.C. beat.

I love to watch her in action. I know when she asks a question, it’s so well thought out that she’s going to get news from it. I guess that’s why the White House hasn’t let her interview the President. For example, this question to Robert Gates showed up on Rachel Maddow:
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So, congrats to Kerry. It’s an honor well-deserved.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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