Meet the Press moderator David Gregory served as the evening's host for The Week Magazine's 2011 Opinion Awards.
For all of Washington’s fun new restaurant launches
and fashionable store openings
, the city remains first and foremost about politics, public policy, and the pundits reporting on and editorializing such issues.
Sir Harold Evans and Tammy Haddad.
And last night, a handful of these oftentimes under-the-radar purveyors of “passionate perspective” were honored by their peers at the 2011 Opinion Awards, hosted by The Week Magazine
on the rooftop of the W, Washington, D.C.
Indeed, where better to present a series of awards rooted in the global conversation (e.g., opinion writing) surrounding the political science emerging from the District, than at a building that boasts sweeping views of both the White House and the Washington Monument?
With Meet the Press
moderator David Gregory
serving as the evening’s master of ceremonies, guests enjoyed a three-course gourmet dinner as The Wall Street Journal
’s Peggy Noonan
, John Sides
and The Monkey Cage
The Washington Post’s Tom Toles
were presented with awards for the year’s best columnist, blogger, and editorial cartoonist, respectively.
VIPs spotted among the crowd included, Senator Lindsey Graham
(R-SC), Congressman Steve Cohen
(D-TN), White House Council of Economic Advisers
Chairman Austan Goolsbee
and his wife Robin Goolsbee
, veteran network TV producer Tammy Haddad
, CNN senior White House correspondent Ed Henry
, Debbie Dingell
(wife of Congressman John Dingell (D-MI)), MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski
, CNN Senior Producer Shirley Hung
, Washington Post
Vice President Ben Bradlee
, Americans for Tax Reform
President Grover Norquist
President Winston Lord
, former Democratic National Committee
Chairman Terry McAuliffe
, and The Week
’s own Editor-at-Large Sir Harold Evans
Forget about a night… Passionate perspective has its WEEK!