The Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) held its 21st Annual First Amendment Awards Dinner last week to honor news leaders for their commitment to the First Amendment and excellence in journalism. During a special portion of the dinner the the RTDNF also marked the upcoming 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, by honoring nine news organizations who covered the attacks with "essential and intrepid reporting."
NPR was among those given a 10th Anniversary 9/11 Tribute Award. All Things Considered host Melissa Block attended the event to accept it on the organization's behalf. Before CBS News' Russ Mitchell, the night's emcee, and RTDNF Chairman Stacey Woelfel handed out the awards, a video of news coverage of the attacks was played that moved Block to say, "Watching that montage just now was like a sucker punch all over again. We're coming up on the 10-year anniversary and it doesn't stop hurting the same way that it did on that morning on September 11."
You can see more video (including Block's remark's) from the evening at the RTDNF's site.
Congratulations to all involved.