Hall wins 2011 Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism

Kevin G. Hall, national economics correspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, has won the 2011 Weidenbaum Center Award for Evidence-Based Journalism.

Hall will receive the award during the center’s annual media retreat June 26-29 in Cape Cod.

The award recognizes a past retreat participant whose work represents quality journalism on economics, business and government and reflects the sophisticated use of research, numbers and statistics.

Hall is the former McClatchy South America bureau chief. During a 24-year career, he has worked in Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Saudi Arabia, Miami, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C., and has reported from across the globe.

He is the 2004 winner of the Sigma Delta Chi Award, given by the Society of Professional Journalists for best foreign correspondence. A member of the National Economists Club, Hall is also an elected board member of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, the nation’s premier association for business journalists.

In 2010, he was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for national reporting detailing how in 2009 Wall Street sold out investors and caused the national financial crisis.

Recipients of the award receive a plaque, a prize and an invitation to attend the retreat at no cost in the year of the award.

Since June 2002, the Weidenbaum Center has brought together writers, reporters, editors and producers for its media retreat, an interactive seminar that examines the role that numbers, statistics and data analysis play in the news, public policy and politics.

Past participants in the Weidenbaum Center Media Retreat are encouraged to submit entries themselves or nominate others for the award. The recipient is chosen in late May.

The Weidenbaum Center on the Economy, Government, and Public Policy is a non-profit, nonpartisan research organization at Washington University in St. Louis. Founded in 1975, it is recognized nationwide. The Weidenbaum Center supports scholarly research in the fields of economics, government and public policy. It works closely with the departments of Economics and Political Science, both in Arts & Sciences, and other academic units of Washington University. Its policy efforts consist of a multifaceted program of research, forums, retreats, publications and online resources.