Reporters from NPR, Voice of America honored at Women in Journalism Awards
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Washingtonian Magazine and the public affairs firm Story Partners held their fifth annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards on Thursday, an event aimed at celebrating female journalists who embody "excellence in reporting."

Story Partners chairwoman Gloria Story Dittus hosted the soirée at her home in Washington's ritzy Kalorama neighborhood two days before the annual White House Correspondents’ Association (WHCA) dinner.

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Women who were honored included the Cook Political Report's Amy Walter, National Public Radio's Audie Cornish and Lynn Sweet of The Chicago Sun-Times. The group also recognized Voice of America's Amanda Bennett with its lifetime achievement award.

Guests who arrived early in the evening were serenaded by a DJ playing smooth renditions of popular music that included country artist Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" and the rapper Flo Rida's "My House."

Several bars in Dittus' home and the surrounding grounds offered a selection of whisky-based drinks such as "The Long Walker" and "Johnnie Walker Penicillin," as well as vodka-based options such as the "Ketel One Botanical."

The WHCA gala, also known as “Nerd Prom” will be held Saturday at the Washington Hilton. The annual black-tie event raises money for journalism scholarships.