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11/15/03.DIRSKEN AWARD WINNER--Congressional Quarterly's senior Senate leadership reporter, John Cochran, has been named the 2003 winner of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. ..Cochran was cited for three stories: "Keeping Score," examining the influence of interest group ratings; "The Deal Closer," detailing Vice President Dick Cheney's relationship with Congress; and "A Celebrity Senator Moving to the Democratic Center," profiling the legislative track record of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. ..Cochran is the seventh CQ reporter to win the award, created in 1980 to honor the renowned Republican senator from Illinois. He joins past CQ winners Sue Kirchhoff (2000), Jackie Koszczuk (1997), George Hager (1996), Janet Hook (1992), Joan Biskupic (1991) and Alan Ehrenhalt (1983)..."John is a reporter's reporter, and he produces some of the most informed analysis you'll read about Congress and Capitol Hill," said David Rapp, editor and senior vice president of Congressional Quarterly. "We are tremendously proud."..He will be presented the award along with a $5,000 prize at the National Press Foundation's annual awards dinner on Feb. 19. .CONGRESSIONAL QUARTERLY PHOTO BY SCOTT J. FERRELL

11/15/03.DIRSKEN AWARD WINNER--Congressional Quarterly's senior Senate leadership reporter, John Cochran, has been named the 2003 winner of the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. ..Cochran was cited for three stories: "Keeping Score," examining the influence of interest group ratings; "The Deal Closer," detailing Vice President Dick Cheney's relationship with Congress; and "A Celebrity Senator Moving to the Democratic Center,"...
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