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RTCA Recognizes WTOP’s Dave McConnell

Reporter receives “Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress”

The Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association named Washington’s WTOP(FM)’s Capitol Hill correspondent Dave McConnell as the first recipient of its “Career Achievement Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress.”

McConnell was recognized at the 69th Annual RTCA Dinner in Washington, on Wednesday, June 5. The award was established by the RTCA to honor journalists who represent career achievement and dedication to Congressional coverage.

McConnell is a journalist with more than 50 years of reporting in Washington who has covered Watergate, decades of presidential elections, White House administrations and more. He joined WTOP in 1965 and became the station’s full-time Capitol Hill correspondent in 1981.

“As a kid, Dave and his classmates used to cut class to go see the Senators,” said WTOP Vice President of News and Programming Jim Farley. “His buddies went to Griffith Stadium to see the Washington Senators play, but Dave actually went to The Hill to watch U.S. senators debate. Dave is admired by members of Congress from both parties because of his fairness. Now his colleagues on ‘The Hill’ have chosen him as the first-ever recipient of their new lifetime achievement award.”

WTOP Radio has served the Washington region since 1926 and has broadcast an all-news format since 1969.