Ben Bradlee, vice president and former editor of the Washington Post, will receive the ``We the People'' award from the National Constitution Center this fall.
The Philadelphia-based center, a nonprofit organization that promotes awareness of the U.S. Constitution, gives the award annually to a person who has made a noteworthy contribution to upholding constitutional principles.
``Bradlee's career in journalism has been an extraordinary journey,'' Mayor Rendell said. ``His service and the Washington Post have taken courageous stands and upheld both the letter and the spirit of this great document.'' He added that Bradlee ``has shown us what it means to hold the most important office in a republic - not president or senator or mayor - but citizen.''