Lisa Desjardins Named Recipient of the RTCA Joan S. Barone Award for Excellence in Journalism

Arlington, VA (October 8, 2021) — The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association (RTCA) today announced that PBS NewsHour’s Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins has been awarded the 37th annual Joan S. Barone Award for her reporting during and after the January 6th Capitol insurrection. The award recognizes excellence in Washington-based Congressional or political reporting and honors the late CBS producer, Joan Shorenstein Barone.

On January 6th, Desjardins was the only journalist outside of lockdown reporting live on television from the halls of the Capitol, during which she relayed the news as insurrectionists streamed into the building and interviewed one of them live during NewsHour’s special on PBS (Video Link 1 and Video Link 2). Her reporting of January 6th extended well beyond NewsHour’s special broadcast that day, including as a video podcast anchored by Judy Woodruff and alongside her fellow NewsHour correspondents, Amna Nawaz and Yamiche Alcindor, who that day were outside the Capitol where the mob was gathering and at the White House, respectively. Desjardins is a veteran congressional reporter, having covered Capitol Hill for the past 16 years, and for NewsHour since 2014.

“All of us at NewsHour know what a fierce, hard-working and compassionate journalist Lisa is and how much she appreciates the work that goes on each day at the Capitol. Lisa is very much the kind of journalist that Joan Shorenstein Barone was and we couldn’t be more thrilled that Lisa is receiving this well-deserved honor,” said NewsHour’s executive producer Sara Just.

The Joan S. Barone Award, as well as the David Bloom Award, the Jerry Thompson Memorial Award, and the Career Achievement Award, will be presented at the annual RTCA Dinner in Spring 2022.

Press Contact: Ella Richardson, erichardson (at) newshour (dot) org