For the past year and a half, either late on Friday or early Saturday, we post a link to Kerry Eleveld’s weekly column, The View from Washington. I’ll be linking to the latest column later.

But, first, we have to offer our congratulations to Ms. Eleveld, who is receiving the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media tonight at the National Lesbian and Gay Journalist Association (NLGJA) conference in San Francisco. When NLGJA announced the award, the press release stated:

Kerry Eleveld of The Advocate has been selected to be honored with the Sarah Pettit Memorial Award for Excellence in LGBT Media. Named for the late Newsweek journalist and founding editor of Out magazine, the award recognizes outstanding contributions of a journalist working in the LGBT media.

Of Eleveld’s work, judges said: “Eleveld needs to be commended for pushing for a D.C. bureau for The Advocate,” as well as “From her unique place inside the White House, she’s consistently making news and controlling the direction of news stories.”

Indeed, Kerry has been making news since she arrived in D.C. last year. She’s broken story after story — and has asked savvy questions of those in power. The LGBT community has benefited immeasurably from having her on the D.C. beat.

I love to watch her in action. I know when she asks a question, it’s so well thought out that she’s going to get news from it. I guess that’s why the White House hasn’t let her interview the President. For example, this question to Robert Gates showed up on Rachel Maddow:

So, congrats to Kerry. It’s an honor well-deserved.