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DESNEWS CORRESPONDENT AGAIN CLAIMS A TOP AWARD

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For the fourth consecutive year, Deseret News Washington correspondent Lee Davidson has won a top award from the National Press Club.

He was named the runner-up, or honorable mention, in the Robin Goldstein Award for Regional Reporting in Washington competition. The contest judges portfolios of up to eight stories by Washington correspondents for regional newspapers.Davidson won first place in that contest in 1990 and 1991. Also in 1992, he won the National Press Club's Washington Correspondence Award for best single story or series by a correspondent during the year.

Davidson has won a top award for each of the four years he has covered Washington for the Deseret News.

For this year's honorable mention, stories that Davidson submitted included the discovery that Senate candidates Joe Cannon and Doug Anderson bounced campaign checks while they were attacking Wayne Owens for overdrafting House bank checks and the campaigns were so expensive that the candidates could have afforded to take all Utah voters to Disneyland.

Also included was an analysis about ties by Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, to the Watergate scandal; a look at how special-interest groups rate Utah's members of Congress; and how data dug out from Freedom of Information Act requests show Tooele Army Depot had few complaints about its work, even though its critics claimed otherwise.

Contest judges wrote that his entry "displayed a wide range of interests. He doggedly pursued a Senate candidate's ties to Watergate. He was willing to look beyond a congressman's pronouncements to where he really stood on abortion. Overall, he showed an interest in digging behind allegations and rhetoric."

The award will be presented July 6 by Washington Post political writer David Broder at an awards luncheon.