Lincoln Medals Awarded David Herbert Donaldand Doris Kearns Goodwinhave been named the 2007 recipients of the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal. The annual award honors those who exemplify the legacy and character of Abraham Lincoln through their work, accomplishments or personal attributes.

Donald is a professor, author and well-known scholar on American history, specifically on Lincoln. In 1995, he wrote "Lincoln," considered the definitive biography of the 16th president. By using personal manuscripts and letters released by the Library of Congress, Donald humanized Lincoln, allowing readers to see and feel what Lincoln went through during his time in the White House.

A graduate of Millsaps College, the University or North Carolina and the University of Illinois, Donald has received several awards and honorary degrees for his accomplishments, including two Pulitzer Prizes.

Goodwin is one of the nation's leading historians. She is well-known for her best-selling biography "Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln," in which she profiles Lincoln's rise to the presidency and the team he assembled to lead the country.

Goodwin, an NBC News analyst, has written numerous articles on politics and baseball. She previously taught at Harvard University, including a course on the American presidency.

Hosted by President Bush and Laura Bush at the White House, the Ford's Theatre Lincoln Medal awards ceremony Feb. 11 featured performances by Yolanda Adams and the U.S. Army Chorus.

Hyde Park Hires StrategistMichael Waxman, a California strategic communications and public affairs consultant, has been named vice president of the D.C.-based public relations and marketing firm Hyde Park Communications.

Founder of the Los Angeles-based firm Waxman Consulting, Waxman also serves as board president for the Los Angeles Community College board of trustees. Before launching Waxman Consulting, he led community and government relations efforts at Charter Communications.

In his new position, Waxman will work in Washington to maintain Hyde Park's reputation as a multi-dimensional public affairs firm. Founded in 2000 by Jeffrey M. Sandman, Hyde Park Communications provides professional services to Fortune 500 companies, leading foundations, nonprofit organizations and financial institutions.

SportsTalk Director NamedBill Hesshas been named program director of SportsTalk 980 WTEM-AM, a Clear Channel subsidiary. A former D.C. programmer for Clear Channel, Hess will assume day-to-day responsibility for all station operations. The 29-year radio veteran also serves as program director for WASH-FM and oversees Newstalk WTNT and WWRC in the District.

Clear Channel Radio has more than 110 million listeners each week. The company's operations include radio broadcasting, syndication and independent media representation.

-- Compiled by JILLIAN S. JARRETT