Dean of State House reporters awarded Annapolis honor

Alexander Pyles//March 15, 2013

Dean of State House reporters awarded Annapolis honor

By Alexander Pyles

//March 15, 2013

Lou Davis (center) was honored with a menu item bearing his naming at Chick & Ruth's Delly in Annapolis. (Alexander Pyles/The Daily Record)

If you order a lox, eggs and onion platter at iconic Annapolis restaurant Chick & Ruth’s Delly, you’ll be ordering a “Lou Davis.”

Davis, Maryland Public Television‘s chief political reporter and the longest-tenured member of the State House press corps, was honored with his own menu item at the Main Street restaurant, famous for naming items after Maryland elected officials.

Davis, who is covering his 30th session of the General Assembly since becoming WMAR-TV‘s Annapolis bureau chief in 1983, was honored by Chick & Ruth’s owner Ted Levitt on Friday morning in a ceremony attended by Gov. Martin O’Malley, House of Delegates Speaker Michael E. Busch — who represents Annapolis — and Annapolis Mayor Joshua J. Cohen.

During the crowded ceremony inside the deli, O’Malley read a proclamation extolling the semi-retired Davis for moving WMAR to third place in the Baltimore media market “after Fox came to town” and for being old enough to reach MPT’s target audience.

Kidding aside, Davis has won four Emmys in a career that has spanned more than 40 years. Busch hands out a “Louie” award each year to the best broadcast journalist or photographer who covers the legislative session.

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