CNN’s Abby Phillip to emcee Newhouse School’s Toner Prizes Celebration March 27 in Washington

Abby Phillip, CNN’s senior political correspondent and anchor of “Inside Politics Sunday,” will serve as master of ceremonies at the award ceremony for the Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting on Monday, March 27, in Washington, D.C.

Abby Phillip

The Toner Prizes, sponsored by Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, honor the life and work of late alumna Robin Toner ’76, the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times.

Phillip joined CNN in 2017, covering the Trump Administration as White House correspondent through 2019. In 2020, she moderated CNN’s Democratic Presidential Debate in Iowa. She also anchored special coverage of Election Night in America. In January 2021, she anchored the CNN Special Report “Kamala Harris: Making History.”

Phillip joined CNN from The Washington Post, where she served as a national political reporter covering the White House. She previously was a digital reporter for politics at ABC News, and has also covered the Obama White House for Politico as well as campaign finance and lobbying.

Phillip was named to the Time 100 Next list in 2021 and she was the recipient of the National Urban League’s Women of Power award.

The Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting recognize the best U.S. national or local political reporting in any medium or on any platform—print, broadcast or online. Two prizes—one for local and one for national reporting—carry a $5,000 honorarium. Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony.

The event will begin at 6 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, D.C. Tickets and tables may be purchased online.

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