(AP) The Newspaper Association of America (NAA) presented its lifetime achievement award posthumously to Katharine Graham on Tuesday, and announced that the award is being named for the former Washington Post publisher who died last year at age 84.
Graham’s son Donald Graham, chairman and chief executive officer of The Washington Post Co., accepted the award at a luncheon ceremony at the NAA convention. He told NAA members that his mother — known as a shy woman who was unprepared to inherit the job of publisher when her husband Phil died in 1963 — found acceptance from the organization.
“This convention and this industry were very welcoming to her,” he said. “She also would have been damn pleased to see so many women publishers here,” he added.
Graham became a guiding force in American journalism, steadily leading the Post through the turbulent days of the Pentagon Papers, Watergate, and beyond. She was the first and, to date, only woman to chair the American Newspaper Publishers Association, from 1980-82. The ANPA was the precursor to what is now the NAA.
“Mrs. Graham was a shining example of how a newspaper can be successful as a business while maintaining the highest standards for journalism,” said Orage Quarles, outgoing NAA chairman.