Congratulations to Kaleb Warnock the 2011 recipient of the Hugh Sidey Scholarship in Print Journalism. His essay titled “The New American Presidency and the Emerging Role of Political Journalism” received the highest overall score from the three judges. “Let me just say that I’m completely floored by receiving this honor. I never would have thought I could have accomplished something like this,” wrote Warnock.
Warnock’s essay not only discussed Hugh Sidey’s belief that “the American presidency is the most sought-after, analyzed and scrutinized political office on earth,” but also the social responsibility of the media to act as the liaison between the public and the President. “Hugh Sidey is one of the greatest journalists in American history and it’s an honor to write about him. It’s humbling to think that he grew up in an environment so similar to my own, and I can’t say how much it motivates me to follow his example,” wrote Warnock. “I’m humbled to receive this award and I hope that I can live up to the standards equated with this honor. I had a blast working on the essay and I hope that my efforts would have made him proud. I can’t wait to go to Washington and stand where he stood so many times during his great life.”
Warnock will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. courtesy of Mr. David M. Rubenstein and the White House Historical Association.