AILA Presents Washington Post Correspondent Spencer Hsu with 2010 Media Leadership Award

Tuesday, June 29, 2010
George Tzamaras

Sara Ibrahim

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD - The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) awarded Spencer Hsu, The Washington Post homeland security correspondent, the 2010 Media Leadership Award in recognition of the individual whose efforts in the media most accurately depict immigration and immigrants. Hsu will receive the award on July 3, 2010 during AILA's Annual Conference held in National Harbor, MD.

Hsu's coverage of immigration issues over the past year has been quite impressive from breaking the story regarding "the quota memo" that was being sent to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers around the country, to writing multiple stories on the Times Square Bomber and the pro-immigration rallies that took place this past May. His reporting is balanced and spot-on and enlightens readers to the many problems caused by America's broken immigration system.

Hsu began covering domestic security after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, including the 2001 anthrax mailings and Senate ricin attack, and began reporting about the Department of Homeland Security after Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast in 2005. He has also covered Washington's immigration debate, focusing on border security and immigration enforcement. Before that, he spent eight years covering the Washington-area delegation to Congress, Virginia politics and the Richmond statehouse for the Post.

Hsu was part of a Post team whose coverage of Army psychiatrist Maj. Nidal Hasan and the Fort Hood, Texas Army base shootings was a 2010 Pulitzer Prize Finalist. He was selected to participate in the American Council on Germany's XXVII American-German Young Leaders Conference in 2005.

A native of Salt Lake City, Utah and a graduate of Harvard University, Hsu has reported for the Salt Lake Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald.


The American Immigration Lawyers Association is the national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 10062973.