Sunday, January 27, 2008

Walter Pincus, a reporter covering intelligence for The Washington Post's national news staff, has been awarded a special citation for his decades of "scooping the competition" by the judges of the Edward Weintal Prize for International Reporting.

The Weintal Prize annually recognizes outstanding journalists covering diplomacy and international affairs. The 2008 prize was awarded to Margaret Warner of PBS's "NewsHour With Jim Lehrer" and Trudy Rubin of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Pincus, 75, has reported for the national staff since 1975, when he rejoined the paper after working for the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the New Republic. He was one of eight Post reporters whose coverage of the launch of the war on terrorism won a 2002 Pulitzer Prize.

He, Warner and Rubin will be honored at a March 31 ceremony at Georgetown University.

Weintal, a former Polish diplomat and longtime diplomatic correspondent for Newsweek, established an endowment at Georgetown to recognize outstanding journalists covering diplomacy and international affairs. Administered by Georgetown's Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, the prize has been awarded annually since 1975.

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