COLLEGE PARK (7/21/20) — Robert Klemko, a 2010 alumnus of the University of Maryland Philip Merrill College of Journalism, has been named the recipient of The Washington Post’s June Publisher’s Award.
Klemko, who joined The Post in November as a sports investigative reporter, volunteered to join the coronavirus coverage team as sports leagues were shutting down in March. He also covered the protests following George Floyd’s death in police custody.
According to The Post’s announcement of the award, Klemko has reported on coronavirus from Las Vegas, Seattle, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico and the Navajo Nation, “writing vivid, captivating and thoroughly reported stories that brought the struggles and successes from the Pacific Northwest and the Mountain West to our readers.”
He then was sent to downtown Minneapolis to report on the social and racial unrest following Floyd’s death there.
“He braved the virus, protests and police — once getting cuffed and another time getting pulled over for doing his job — to bring this unfolding story to readers,” the announcement said.
From March 21 through June 28, Klemko wrote 26 stories from eight states, many of which led The Post website or appeared on the front page, and according to the announcement, all of his stories “gave Post readers insight and color and context they couldn’t have gotten anywhere else.”