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Hagerstown woman wins award for coverage of President Bush

April 22, 2008

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Deb Riechmann of The Associated Press and Ed Henry of CNN have won the Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure.

Riechmann, a resident of Hagerstown, was the winner in the print category for her coverage of President Bush's trip to Iraq's Anbar province last September.

The judges praised her "solid reporting under the gun to make the very tight deadlines" and her judgment in recognizing the importance of the president's remarks about doing the job with fewer troops.

Riechmann also won the Merriman Smith Award in 2006, which carries a cash prize of $2,500.

Henry won in the broadcast category for reporting on the Bush administration's contradicting assertions that top Iranian officials authorized sending improvised explosive devices to Iraq. The judges wrote that Henry's coverage "got better with each ensuing update throughout the day."

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The awards will be presented Saturday night at the annual dinner of the White House Correspondents' Association.

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