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Awards and Honors

ProPublica was awarded the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and a Peabody Award (the highest honor in broadcast journalism) in 2013. These are just three of a number of honors of which we’re very proud, all received since we began publishing in June 2008. Here is a chronological list:

2015

Sigma Delta Chi Award, Public Service in Online Journalism

Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jeff Larson, Amanda Zamora and Maisie Crow won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award for public service in online journalism for “Segregation Now.”

Regional Edward R. Murrow Award

Losing Ground,” a collaboration between ProPublica and The Lens of New Orleans, was named a regional winner for the Edward R. Murrow Award, run by the Radio Television Digital News Association.

Society of the Silurians Excellence in Journalism Award, Public Service

Accountability reporting on the Red Cross by Jesse Eisinger and Justin Elliott of ProPublica and Laura Sullivan of NPR won the public service medallion in the Society of Silurians’ Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Society of the Silurians Excellence in Journalism Award, Online Investigative Reporting

The Society of Silurians awarded its Excellence in Journalism medallion for online investigative reporting to Cezary Podkul’s reporting on tobacco bonds costing states billions

Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting

The Education Writers Association awarded its top prize, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting, to Nikole Hannah-Jones’s “Segregation Now” series, saying it “soars as a piece of ambitious, thoughtful journalism.”

National Headliner Award, Writing for Website

The Press Club of Atlantic City gave its third-place National Headliner Award for website writing to Nikole Hannah-Jones, Jeff Larson and Amanda Zamora for “Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide,” an interactive examination of segregation in schools.

National Headliner Award, Writing for Website

The Press Club of Atlantic City gave its first-place National Headliner Award for website writing to “Losing Ground,” a multimedia presentation of coastal loss in Louisiana by Al Shaw and Brian Jacobs of ProPublica and Bob Marshall of The Lens.

Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism

Hunter College honored “Firestone and the Warlord,” by T. Christian Miller and Jonathan Jones, with its James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism. The article, part of a collaboration with PBS Frontline, exposed a deal between the tire company and the warlord Charles Taylor during Liberia’s brutal civil war.

Deadline Club Award Finalist, Public Service

Black America’s Invisible Crisis,” by Lois Beckett and published with Essence Magazine, was a finalist for the Deadline Club’s Public Service Award.

Deadline Club Award Finalist, Minority Focus

Lois Beckett’s coverage of post-traumatic stress disorder from neighborhood shootings was a finalist in the Deadline Club’s minority focus category.

Deadline Club Award Finalist, Public Service

Segregation Now” was a finalist for the Deadline Club Public Service Award.

Deadline Club Award Finalist, Newspaper or Digital Enterprise Reporting

Segregation Now” was a finalist for the Deadline Club Award for newspaper or digital enterprise reporting.

Deadline Club Award Finalist, Newspaper or Digital Beat Reporting

Segregation Now” was a finalist for the Deadline Club Award for newspaper or digital beat reporting.

Deadline Club Award Finalist, Multimedia, Interactive Graphics and Animation

Losing Ground,” a groundbreaking report and data visualization on land loss in Louisiana by Bob Marshall of The Lens and Brian Jacobs and Al Shaw of ProPublica, was a finalist in the multimedia, interactive graphics and animation category of the Deadline Club Awards.

Deadline Club Award Finalist, Business Investigative Reporting

ProPublica’s Paul Kiel and NPR’s Chris Arnold were finalists in the business investigative reporting category of the Deadline Club Awards for “Unforgiven: The Long Life of Debt.”

Excellence in Financial Journalism Award

The New York State Society of honored CPAs Cezary Podkul with its Excellence in Financial Journalism Award for explanatory reporting for his series “Tobacco Debt: How Cash From Big Tobacco Went From Boon to Burden.” 

Investigative Reporters and Editors Gannett Award for Innovation and Watchdog Journalism

Losing Ground,” a collaboration between ProPublica and The Lens, won the Gannett Award for Innovation and Watchdog Journalism.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award, Multiplatform, Large

Firestone and the Warlord,” a ProPublica project with PBS Frontline and Rain Media, won the IRE award for multiplatform projects by large organizations.

National Award for Education Reporting, Single-Topic News

Heather Vogell and Annie Waldman won first place in the single-topic news or features category of the National Award for Education Reporting for their series on the use of restraints and seclusion in public schools.

National Award for Education Reporting, Beat Reporting

Nikole Hannah-Jones won first place in the beat reporting category of the National Awards for Education Reporting for her in-depth look into the country’s rapidly resegregating schools.

Association of Health Care Journalists Award, Business

Jake Bernstein won third place in the business category of AHCJ’s Award for Excellence in Health Care Journalism for his article “MIA in the War on Cancer: Where Are the Low-Cost Treatments?

Malofiej International Infographics Awards Bronze Medal

Inside the Firewall,” by Sisi Wei, won a bronze medal in the world and nation category of the Malofiej International Infographics Awards.

Malofiej International Infographics Awards Bronze Medal

The Millions New York Coulda Got,” by Lena Groeger and Cezary Podkul, won a bronze medal in the business and finance category of the Malofiej International Infographics Awards.

Malofiej International Infographics Awards Silver Medal

Losing Ground,” by Al Shaw, Brian Jacobs and The Lens’ Bob Marshall, won a silver medal in the environmental category of the Malofiej International Infographics Awards.

Scripps Howard Award Finalist, Radio In-Depth Coverage

The Secret Recordings of Carmen Segarra,” ProPublica reporter Jake Bernstein’s joint project with This American Life offering a rare look inside the New York Fed, was a finalist for the Scripps Howard Award for radio in-depth coverage.

Scripps Howard Award Finalist, Business/Economics Reporting

Unforgiven,” an in-depth look into the relentless tactics companies use to pursue consumer debt in America, was a finalist for a Scripps Howard Award in the business/economics reporting category.

Scripps Howard Award Finalist, Environmental Reporting

Losing Ground,” a yearlong investigation into Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastline led by ProPublica’s Al Shaw and Brian Jacobs, with Bob Marshall from The Lens, was a finalist for the Scripps Howard Award in environmental reporting.

Silver Gavel Award Finalist

The American Bar Association named ProPublica’s “Segregation Now” a finalist in its Silver Gavel Awards, honoring outstanding work that fosters the American public’s understanding of law and the legal system.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

ProPublica’s organizational portfolio won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

News apps developer Sisi Wei won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence for her individual portfolio.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

News apps developer Lena Groeger won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence for her individual portfolio.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

The Millions New York Counties Coulda Got”  won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in the information graphics, planned coverage, category.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

Segregation Now: The Resegregation of America’s Schools” won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in the features, single-subject project, category.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

A Disappearing Planet” won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in the Information graphics: Planned coverage category.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

Where Do the Guns Traced in Your State Come From?” won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in the Information graphics: Planned coverage category.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

Comparing 2015 Obamacare Plans”  won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in the Features: Single-subject project category.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

The Military is Leaving the Missing Behind” won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in the Features: Single-subject project category.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

Treatment Tracker” won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in two categories: Information graphics: Planned coverage; and Features: Single-subject project.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

Losing Ground” won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in three categories: Features: Single-subject project; Use of multimedia; and Information graphics: Planned coverage.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

Inside the Firewall: Tracking the News That China Blocks” won a Society or News Design Award of Excellence in three categories: Continuous use: Section or topic; Features: Single-subject project; and Information graphics: Planned coverage.

Alliance for Women in Media Award

ProPublica and NPR’s investigation of the military’s efforts to identify the bodies of missing soldiers was named the winner of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Gracie Award for outstanding investigative program or feature.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Finalist, Energy

Abrahm Lustgarten was named a finalist in the SABEW’s Best in Business competition’s energy category for his reporting on the royalty payment practices of a leading oil and gas company.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Finalist, Digital Investigative

Unforgiven,” a series on the burden of consumer debt by ProPublica’s Paul Kiel and NPR’s Chris Arnold, was named a finalist in SABEW’s Best in Business competition in the digital investigative category.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Finalist, Digital Commentary

SABEW’s Best in Business competition named Jesse Eisinger the sole finalist in the Division 1 digital commentary category for smaller outlets for his coverage of Wall Street in “The Trade,” a biweekly column also published in The New York Times.

Society For News Design Silver Medal

ProPublica’s “Treatment Tracker” won a silver medal in the information graphics, planned coverage, category of the Society For News Design’s “Best of Digital Design Competition.”

Society for News Design Gold Medal

Losing Ground,”  a collaboration between ProPublica and The Lens, won a gold medal in the Society For News Design’s “Best of Digital Design Competition.”

Goldsmith Prize Finalist

ProPublica’s Red Cross investigation with NPR was selected as one of six finalists for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

2014

World Media Summit Global Awards Honorable Mention

Overdose: Use Only as Directed”  won an honorable mention in the New Media Reporting category of the World Media Summit Global Awards for Excellence.

Front Page Award for Reporter of the Year

Julia Angwin was honored with the Front Page Award’s reporter of the year citation for her work on surveillance.

Front Page Award for Online In-Depth Reporting

Megan McCloskey’s “Failing the Fallen” won in the online in-depth reporting category of the Front Page Awards.

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