(FreedomBeacon.com)- The Toner Award for Excellence in Political Reporting was named to honor the legacy of Syracuse University graduate Robin Toner, who made history as the first female national political reporter for The New York Times.
According to their website, the Toner Prize is awarded annually in two $5,000 honorariums, one for outstanding national reporting and the other for exceptional local reporting on democracy, public involvement, and the political process.
A Newhouse memorandum states that Robin Toner covered many statewide and national elections throughout her 25 years at The Times.
Nominations for the award may be submitted between the end of December and the middle of January, and winners will be selected based on how well they capture Toner’s high standards and extensive themes.
According to a press statement issued by SU on Tuesday afternoon, Utah Senator Mitt Romney will be the featured speaker at the Toner Prize ceremony in Washington, D.C., at the month’s end.
Speakers at these events often include current or formerly serving government representatives. In 2022, Nancy Pelosi, then the Speaker of the House, delivered the event’s keynote address.
The University states that Toner spoke on most of the country’s critical political and policy problems. Toner covered the 1992 presidential election between Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush for The Times.
Romney sought the Republican nomination for president in 2008 and again in 2012 before being elected to the Senate. After serving as governor of Massachusetts for one term (2003–2007), Mitt Romney ran for the Senate in 2018 and was successful. He is now a member of four Congressional Committees.
Many analysts feel Romney will again throw his “failed” hat in the ring in 2024.