Edith Lederer named WPCF Lifetime Achievement Award recipient

Feb. 08, 2012
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Edith M. Lederer of The Associated Press has been selected to receive the Washington Press Club Foundation's 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award at the 68th Annual Congressional Dinner in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 8.

Here's an excerpt from a WPCF announcement:

During her career of almost 50 years, 45 with The Associated Press, Lederer has worked on every continent except Antarctica covering wars, famines, nuclear issues and political upheavals. She was the first woman to be assigned fulltime to the AP staff reporting the Vietnam War and the first woman to head a foreign bureau, Peru, for the AP. Throughout her career covering the major international stories with global impact Edie’s stories would include how these events also affected the average person, particularly those often underserved by the media at the time. “Women have proven that they can cover big breaking news combat stories,” she said, “but because we live in a world where there is still no gender equality, women have a different perspective of the world than men do, and I think that women bring that perspective to reporting.” This means the ability to look at events with a broader viewpoint, she said, particularly their impact on women, children and minority groups.

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