Jefferson-Lincoln Awards

 NBC News chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski

NBC News chief Pentagon correspondent Jim Miklaszewski was among the honorees.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin was one of four journalists to be honored in 2015.


The seventeenth annual Jefferson-Lincoln Awards: An Evening to Honor Lives of Public Service gala will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016  at The Inn at Spanish Bay.

The awards are presented each year to national leaders and members of the media who stand out as examples of bipartisanship and commitment to the most important principles of our democracy and whose objective and unbiased work best exemplifies public service.

The gala evening features the presentations of awards as well as an outstanding four-course, gourmet dinner with fine wines prepared by honored local and visiting chefs.

The Jefferson-Lincoln Awards celebration is the Panetta Institute’s major fundraising event of the year, and helps support the many programs that promote the Institute’s goal of enhancing public policy and attracting thoughtful men and women to lives of public service.

CBS News anchor Scott Pelley

Scott Pelley, CBS News anchor and managing editor


Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent

In 2015, honorees included four well-known journalists whose work exemplifies fair and honest reportage: Scott Pelley, CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor and correspondent for the CBS news magazine 60 Minutes; Martha Raddatz, ABC News chief global affairs correspondent; David Martin, CBS News national security correspondent covering the Pentagon and the State Department; and Jim Miklaszewski, NBC News chief Pentagon correspondent.

In reflecting on the honorees Secretary Leon E. Panetta said, “An educated electorate is an essential component to a functioning democracy. The four journalists we honored play an instrumental role in informing American voters and have shown particular dedication to their coverage of defense and military issues and our nation’s political leadership.”


The Jefferson-Lincoln Awards are made possible thanks to the generosity of a variety of individuals and organizations who have joined a growing list of sponsors and hosts for the event. For information about becoming a sponsor for next year’s event, please contact the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200.

2015 sponsors included:


Sue M. Antle for Martha Raddatz

Debra and George W. Couch III for Scott Pelley

Sherry E. DeBoer for Leon and Sylvia Panetta

California State University, Monterey Bay for David Martin

Mike and Mary Orradre for Jim Miklaszewski


Frank and Denise Quattrone Foundation

The Panetta Family

Redwood Pacific Public Affairs

Zenith Insurance — A Fairfax Company



Automobile Club of Southern California

Laurie and David Benjamin

Blue Shield of California

The Boeing Company

California American Water

Cannery Row Company

Sarah Jane and Louis Castruccio

Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation

The Don Chapin Company, Inc.

Roger W. Coleman

Community Hospital Foundation

Dignity Health

Dominican University of California

Gordon and Ronda Eubanks

Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine

Monterey Bay Aquarium

Naval Postgraduate School Foundation

Oracle Corporation

Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Pacific Maritime Association / Sugerman Communications Group

Pebble Beach Company

Saint Mary’s College of California

Salinas Valley Medical Aesthetics / Chief and Mrs. Kelly McMillin

Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System

Santa Clara University

Santa Cruz Seaside Company / Redtree Partners LP

Southern Company

Stevens, Sloan & Shah CPAs

Tanimura & Antle, Inc.

Edward and Louise Trout

Victory Toyota Scion/Lexus Monterey Peninsula

Welton Foundation

Stanley Zax


AT&T California

Bank of America

Bruce Bodaken

Gail and Jim Griggs

Monterey County Business Council


Antle Wines

Bernardus Winery

Jo and John DeLuca

Renee and Richard Kezirian

Anthony Varni

 Previous Jefferson-Lincoln honorees include:

Year 2014

  • Ron Wyden, U.S. Senator, Oregon (D)
  • Mike Rogers, U.S. Representative, 8th District, Michigan (R)
  • Barbara Starr, CNN Chief Pentagon Correspondent

Year 2013

  • Bob Schieffer, Host CBS Face the Nation
  • Barbara Mikulski, U.S. Senator, Maryland (D)
  • Saxby Chambliss, U.S. Senator, Georgia (R)

Year 2012

  • Ray LaHood, 16th Secretary of Transportation (R)
  • Candy Crowley, Chief Political Correspondent and Anchor, CNN
  • Steny Hoyer, U.S. Representative, 5th District, Maryland (D)

Year 2011

  • Robert Gates, 22nd Secretary of Defense (R)
  • Alice Rivlin, 30th Director, U.S. Office of Management and Budget (D)
  • Wolf Blitzer, Lead Political Anchor, CNN

Year 2010

  • Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC Nightly News
  • Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, NPR and ABC News
  • David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times

Year 2009

  • Bernard Shaw, Anchor Emeritus, CNN
  • Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News
  • Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer

Year 2008

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger, 38th Governor, California (R)
  • Jane Harman, U.S. Representative, 36th District, California (D)
  • Jim Saxton, U.S. Representative, 3rd District, New Jersey (R)
  • Ron Brownstein, Political Director, Atlantic Media

Year 2007

  • David Broder, National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post
  • Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
  • Belva Davis, Television Journalist, KQED

Year 2006

  • Sherwood Boehlert, U.S. Representative, 24th District, New York (R)
  • Ike Skelton, U.S. Representative, 4th District, Missouri (D)

Year 2005

  • Susan Collins, U.S. Senator, Maine (R)
  • Dianne Feinstein, U.S. Senator, California (D)
  • Joseph Lieberman, U.S. Senator, Connecticut (D)

Year 2004 

  • John Breaux, U.S. Senator, Louisiana (D)
  • Olympia Snowe, U.S. Senator, Maine (R)

Year 2003 

  • William Cohen, 20th Secretary of Defense (R)
  • Norman Mineta, 14th Secretary of Transportation (D)
  • Marty Meehan, U.S. Representative, 5th District, Massachusetts (D)
  • Christopher Shays, U.S. Representative, 4th District, Connecticut (R)

Year 2002 

  • Russ Feingold, U.S. Senator, Wisconsin (D)
  • John McCain, U.S. Senator, Arizona (R)

Year 2001 

  • John Murtha, U.S. Representative, 12th District, Pennsylvania (D)
  • Bill Young, U.S. Representative, 10th District, Florida (R)

Year 2000

  • John Chafee, U.S. Senator, Rhode Island (R) Posthumously
  • Daniel Patrick Moynihan, U.S. Senator, New York (D)