Washington Free Beacon Senior Editor Bill Gertz will be given the Reed Irvine Award for Investigative Journalism by Accuracy in Media on March 6 for his work covering national security.
Gertz broke numerous high-profile stories at the Free Beacon in 2013, including the December report of a tense standoff between the Chinese and U.S. navies in the South China Sea.
"Accuracy in Media will honor Bill Gertz of the Washington Free Beacon and the Washington Times with the Reed Irvine Award for Investigative Journalism for his career accomplishments as a national security columnist, and his role in the emergence of the Free Beacon as a hard-hitting new source of investigative journalism," Accuracy in Media said in a press release. "Gertz has broken many significant stories through the years on Soviet and Chinese espionage and subversion. In the past week alone, Gertz has reported on the development of a new Chinese intermediate-range nuclear missile, on the failure of the Obama administration to hold Russia accountable for its development and testing of nuclear missiles in violation of a treaty, and on the U.S. military’s lack of preparedness for modern cyber warfare."
"Gertz, the author of six books, has developed an exceptional level of expertise in the areas of intelligence and counterintelligence that has inspired comments from several directors of Central Intelligence and other CIA officials about his extraordinary access to inside information."
The awards ceremony will take place on Thursday March 6 at the Gaylord Hotel in National Harbor, Md., at 5 p.m. during the annual Conservative Political Action Conference. It will also honor Glenn Harlan Reynolds of Instapundit.