ABM names Tom Shoop as its 2012 Timothy White award honoree

Tom Shoop of Government Executive Media Group

Tom Shoop

February 21, 2012 -- ABM has announced the selection of Tom Shoop as the winner of its 2012 Timothy White Award. Shoop is a vice president and editor-in-chief at Government Executive Media Group, a division of Atlantic Media Company, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. "It’s a tremendous honor to receive this award, and to be mentioned in the same breath as brave and talented editors like Tim White, who devoted his career to the pursuit of independent, courageous journalism," says Shoop. The Timothy White Award recognizes the daily challenges and pressures that editors face. Named after the longtime editor of Billboard magazine who succumbed to a heart attack in June 2002, the award is given to an editor whose work displays courage, integrity and passion.

Shoop joined Government Executive magazine in 1989, and spent six years writing feature stories on federal management issues, interviewing the Vice President, the White House chief of staff and various Cabinet secretaries. Shoop was promoted to executive editor in 1995. The following year, he led the team that launched GovExec.com. He was named editor-in-chief of Government Executive in 2007 and vice president in 2010. In November 2010, Shoop was elected a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a congressionally chartered independent coalition of top public management and organizational leaders. Prior to joining Government Executive, Shoop was a supervising editor at Macmillan Publishing in New York. He holds a B.A. in history from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn.

"What I’m most proud of is that the award honors the work of the entire editorial staff of Government Executive Media Group," Shoop adds. "Our reporters and editors are out there every day uncovering the real stories about what’s happening in government, and telling them for our readers. It’s my privilege to lead them in these efforts, and to support the work they do."

Recipients of the Timothy White Award serve as the “conscience” of their publications and fearlessly support important industry causes. They stand up to outside pressures — whether from advertisers, industry executives or upper management — that threaten to interfere with the goal of placing readers first and maintaining independent, honest and ethical journalism. Adamant that Billboard cover not only the most acclaimed or famous artists, Timothy White regularly wrote about unsung performers in his column, “Music to My Ears,” and was an outspoken advocate of artists’ rights. He often served as the music industry’s moral compass by tackling controversial issues.

White started his career as a copyboy and sports and entertainment writer for the Associated Press in 1972, after graduating from Fordham University. He was managing editor and then senior editor of seminal music magazine Crawdaddy from 1976-1978. He served as associate editor and later senior editor at Rolling Stone from 1978-1982, where he interviewed such legends as Johnny Carson and Mike Wallace.

Shoop will receive his award at the The 58th Annual Jesse H. Neal Awards, which will take place on Mar. 16, 2012, at the Mandarin Oriental in New York City. It will be hosted by Erin Moriarty and Rebecca Jarvis of CBS News.