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Washington, D.C.- The National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association will be presenting the NLGJA Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage to Judy Woodruff. Ms. Woodruff is Co-Anchor and Managing Editor of PBS NewsHour with Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff. During her more than 30 year journalism career with PBS, CNN, and NBC, Woodruff has long covered LGBT issues in a fair and balanced way, ranging from the outcome of this year's Supreme Court rulings to the repeal of “Don't Ask, Don't Tell”. 

The NLGJA Randy Shilts Award for LGBT Coverage is an award designed to honor journalists who consistently bring stories of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community to life in mainstream media outlets. The award honors individual journalists and news organizations who go the extra mile to ensure that all Americans are aware of the diversity within the LGBT community, as well as the unique struggles lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgender people face in the United States and around the world.

The award is named in memory of Randy Shilts, a member of the NLGJA Hall of Fame, who is widely credited with being the first reporter to cover the “gay beat” for a major metropolitan newspaper. His writing in the San Francisco Chronicle brought the stories of gays and lesbians – whether they were living with AIDS or serving in the military – to the attention of millions of Americans. Before his death in 1994, Shilts authored three best-selling books, including the groundbreaking And the Band Played On, cataloguing the rise of the AIDS epidemic in the United States.

The award will be presented at DATELINE-DC, a benefit for NLGJA on Nov. 25, 2013 in Washington, D.C. For more information and tickets, visit www.nlgja.org/datelinedc13.

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About the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association

NLGJA is an organization of journalists, media professionals, educators and students working from within the news industry to foster fair and accurate coverage of LGBT issues. NLGJA opposes all forms of workplace bias and provides professional development to its members. For more information on the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, visit the NLGJA Web site at http://www.nlgja.org.