The countdown begins to find out who receives the Deadline Club’s coveted Rube in its annual awards contest, selected from 689 entries in 36 categories. The Rube statuette, created by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist and sculptor Rube Goldberg as his interpretation of a “dead line.”
Rube winners are normally announced at a gala event held each May at the Harvard Club of New York City. The tradition was sidelined this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Deadline Club promises an equally exciting virtual program Sept. 14, with a live conversation between Yamiche Alcindor and Philip Rucker, two prominent journalists taking center stage in this election year.
Alcindor is the White House correspondent for “PBS NewsHour” and a contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. She often reports about the intersection of race and politics. At PBS she frequently directly questions President Trump. Among her assignments were the 2018 NATO Brussels summit, Trump’s Helsinki meeting with Vladimir Putin and family separations at the Mexican border. Previously she was a national political reporter for The New York Times and a reporter for USA Today.
In 2020, the White House Correspondents’ Association named Alcindor the recipient of the Aldo Beckman Award for Overall Excellence in White House Coverage.
She earned a master’s degree in broadcast news and documentary filmmaking from New York University and a bachelor’s in English, government and African-American studies from Georgetown University.
Philip Rucker is the White House bureau chief at The Washington Post, leading its coverage of President Trump and his administration.
He and a team of Post reporters won the Pulitzer Prize and George Polk Award for their reporting on Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election. Rucker is co-author with Carol Leonnig of “A Very Stable Genius: Donald J. Trump’s Testing of America,” a No. 1 New York Times best-seller.
Rucker joined the Post in 2005 and previously has covered Congress, the Obama White House and the 2012 and 2016 presidential campaigns. He serves as an on-air political analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and graduated from Yale University with a degree in history.