The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Thursday will give its First Amendment Award to Politico White House Reporter Josh Gerstein for his work pushing for greater access to government information.
Gerstein, a veteran of ABC News, CNN and the New York Sun, has been part of Politico's White House team since 2009.
"While he does not hold a law degree, Gerstein is the author of a 1991 Massachusetts law requiring college and university police departments to keep a public log of arrests and reported crimes. He is also an expert on the Freedom of Information Act and has pursued several lawsuits seeking records on federal contracting, abuse allegations of Guantanamo detainees, use of the Patriot Act’s sneak-and-peek provisions and the government’s handling of classified information leaks.
"Josh is more than deserving of this award. His keen eye, excellent writing and veteran experience are only a few of the reasons we’re so proud to have him work at POLITICO,” said Editor-in-Chief John Harris.