May 16, 2011 at 2:57 pm EST | by Joey DiGuglielmo
Blade’s Chibbaro to be honored

Lou Chibbaro Jr. (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Longtime Washington Blade reporter Lou Chibbaro Jr. will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Washington Pro Chapter next month.

Chibbaro, who started freelancing for the paper in the ’70s and came on staff full time in 1984, was selected by the Society for inclusion and is the first member of the LGBT press to be inducted.

“I was surprised and highly honored,” Chibbaro said. “It came as a complete surprise. … It’s a true honor to be selected in the company of others who have won this in the past.”

Chibbaro’s fellow inductees are Paula Cruickshank of the CCH Washington News Bureau, Wendell Goler of Fox News and Martin Weil of Washington Post. Barbara Feinman Todd and Asra Nomani of Georgetown University will receive the Society’s Distinguished Service Award. The awards will be given June 14 at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Washington.

Chibbaro says his philosophy of journalism “would include reporting as thoroughly and as fairly as possible. I don’t believe in the philosophy some have of advocacy journalism … I believe the community benefits most by shedding light on the issues around it as fairly as possible and with each side given equal opportunity to express their views on an issue that might be controversial.”

To be eligible, journalists must have been reporting in Washington for at least 25 years. Previous inductees include David Brinkley, Art Buchwald, Sam Donaldson, Walter Lippmann, Robert Novak, William Safire, Helen Thomas, Judy Woodruff and Bob Woodward.”

“We believe based on his excellent work, that Lou Chibbaro Jr. deserves to stand with them,” the Society said in a statement. “We are honored that he has accepted induction.”

Joey DiGuglielmo is the Features Editor for the Washington Blade.

  • Peter Rosenstein

    Congratulations Lou!!! An honor well deserved.

  • CONGRATULATIONS Lou. A well-earned and worthy recognition of your many years of service to both the profession of journalism and to our community.

  • William B. Kelley

    I was happy to read of Lou’s Hall of Fame induction. I’ve always admired his steady, earnest reporting work and think he well deserves this honor.

    Icing on the cake is that he’ll probably be “integrating” the Hall of Fame for the first time.

    I hope he enjoys the accolades.

  • Lou, congratulations on this great and much deserved honor. Your journalistic professionalism has been a great service to our community and society as a whole. Thanks for all that you have done.

  • This is much-deserved recognition for a journalist who cares deeply about his profession. Thanks for all that you have done to report our stories Lou. Congratulations and well-done.

  • Fausto Fernandez

    Congratulations, Lou. I am honored to be your friend. For those who don’t kinow Lou, he is the ultimate journalist. Every time we meet he asks me questions; he is always on the lookout for a good story. I appreciate that.

  • Janet Smith

    Congratulations, Lou. Don’t know if you’ll remember me from 516A but I do certainly remember you, am back in DC, and got the press release this morning at my association. I remember your newsletter and am delighted to hear of this award at the Blade.

  • Ron Collins

    Lou, much congratulations!!! A well deserved honor for such a deserving newsperson. All the best!

  • Mike Silverstein

    Congrats to one of Washington’s very few indispensable reporters, a true professional, and a great guy to boot!

  • Ross Weber

    Impossible! Lou’s too young to have been working the beat for 25 years! The Society got it right with this pick. Lou’s writing is fantastic and his reporting deserves to be considered THE first draft of history.

  • Glen Leiner

    Heartfelt congratulations, Lou! We are thrilled that your years of superb journalism have been recognized by your peers. You truly deserve this very special honor……and our thanks for consistently conveying the news we need. Looking forward to celebrating together soon!

  • Leila Abrar

    Congratulations Lou. While serving as the Director of the Office of Communications, DC Department of Health, I admired Lou’s sense of fairness and appreciated the respect he showed to me even as he relentlessly went after a story. He is the ultimate professional and greatly deserves such an honor!

  • Skeete rSanders

    What could possibly top this honor? The Washington Blade becoming the first LGBT newspaper to win a Pulitzer Prize perhaps? Congratulations, Lou!

  • Congratulations Lou! You are truly deserving of the honor.

  • Lou…congratulations….this is wonderful news……Mike

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