Four Washington Post journalists will be honored with the 68th annual George Polk Awards in Journalism, Long Island University announced tonight. The Polk Awards celebrate the impact of courageous and authentic journalism on our national and global discourse. From the announcement:

The award for Political Reporting will go to David Fahrenthold of the Washington Post, whose dogged pursuit of Donald Trump led to a year-long string of stories revealing a portrait of the candidate that Trump had long sought to keep secret, unmasking his foundation’s deceptive and illegal charitable activities, and leading to a blockbuster – the existence of a video in which the candidate bragged about sexually assaulting women, which shaped our national political conversation for days and became the opening question at a Presidential Debate.
The award for Medical Reporting will go to Lenny Bernstein, Scott Higham and David Fallis of the Washington Post for tracing lax regulation of the distribution of narcotic painkillers by the Drug Enforcement Administration — despite rampant addiction and nearly 180,000 deaths in the U. S. since 2000 – to pressure from the pharmaceutical industry and allies in Congress and the Justice Department. They revealed that the industry and its law firms apparently sought to mitigate oversight by hiring dozens of DEA officials, 31 alone from a key division charged with preventing the diversion of prescription drugs to the black market.