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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:

2014

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award, Digital Feature

A.C. Thompson and Jonathan Jones won the SABEW Best in Business Award in the digital feature category for “Life and Death in Assisted Living,” which chronicled the last months of an elderly woman’s life in an assisted-living facility, and the neglect, cover up, and incompetence behind the scenes.

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

Jesse Eisinger won the SABEW Best in Business Award for digital commentary for his “The Trade” columns, appearing both on ProPublica’s site and in The New York Times.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award, Digital Explanatory

T. Christian Miller and Jeff Gerth won a SABEW Best in Business Award in digital explanatory news for their “Overdose” series on the dangers of acetaminophen.

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

Paul Kiel’s “Debt Inc.”series, on the inner workings of the payday lending industry, was a finalist for the SABEW Best in Business Award in the digital explanatory category.

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

Paul Kiel’s “Debt Inc.”series, on the inner workings of the payday lending industry, was a finalist for the SABEW Best in Business Award in the digital investigative category.

2014 John Jay College/H.F. Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Awards Runner-Up

ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien was the runner-up in the series category for his investigation into allegations of prosecutorial misconduct in New York City.

2013

Lovejoy Award

ProPublica’s A.C. Thompson received Colby College’s Lovejoy Award for his reporting on police shootings in New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

Online Journalism Award for Planned News/Events

ProPublica’s 2012 election coverage won the planned news events award for work including PAC Track; Free the Files, and Message Machine.

Data Journalism Award Finalist

ProPublica was named a finalist for a Data Journalism Award for a data journalism website for The ProPublica Nerd Blog.

Data Journalism Award Finalist

ProPublica’s Jeff Larson and Nikole Hannah-Jones were named a finalist for a Data Journalism Award for data storytelling for maps showing the Great Migration in housing.

Data Journalism Award Finalist

ProPublica’s Jeff Larson was named a finalist for a Data Journalism Award for data-driven applications for his project Message Machine.

Livingston Award for Young Journalists Finalists

ProPublica’s Lois Beckett and Paul Kiel were finalists for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Beckett was recognized for her coverage of campaign data and Kiel for his reporting on foreclosures.

Overseas Press Club Joe and Laurie Dine Award for Human Rights Reporting

ProPublica with This American Life and Fundación MEPI won the Overseas Press Club Joe and Laurie Dine Award for Human Rights Reporting for “Finding Oscar: Massacre, Memory and Justice in Guatemala.”

Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award for Radio

ProPublica with This American Life and Fundación MEPI won the Overseas Press Club Lowell Thomas Award for Radio for “What Happened at Dos Erres.”

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Online Investigative Reporting

ProPublica, along with our partners PBS’ Frontline and Marketplace, won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Online Investigative Reporting, affiliated for its reporting on Dark Money.

Honorary Doctor of Laws degree, Columbia University

ProPublica’s Paul Steiger was the recipient of an honorary Doctor of Laws from Columbia University.

Investigative Reporters & Editors Award

ProPublica and our partners at Frontline and Marketplace won the IRE award for multiplatform, large size for our joint “Big Sky, Big Money” project.

Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma

ProPublica, This American Life and Fundación MEPI won the Dart Center Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma for our joint “Finding Oscar” and “What Happened at Dos Erres” investigation.

Deadline Club Award Finalist for Reporting by Independent Digital Media

ProPublica’s Kim Barker and Justin Elliott were finalists for the Deadline Club Award for Independent Digital Media for their series on dark money.

Deadline Club Award Finalist for Minority Focus

ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones was a finalist for the Deadline Club Award for Minority Focus for her series on fair housing in America.

Deadline Club Award Finalist for Enterprise Reporting

Sheri Fink was a finalist for the Deadline Club Award in Digital Enterprise Reporting for her report, “In Hurricane’s Wake, Decisions Not to Evacuate Hospitals Raise Questions.”

Robin Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, Honorable Mention

ProPublica’s Kim Barker, Justin Elliott, Olga Pierce and Theodoric Meyer received an honorable mention from the Robin Toner Prize for their series of work on dark money.

Peabody Award

ProPublica, This American Life and Fundación MEPI were honored with a Peabody Award for our joint “What Happened at Dos Erres” and “Finding Oscar” project.

American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award Finalist

ProPublica and Frontline were finalists for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award for their work on “The Real CSI.”

Malofiej International Infographics Awards Best Map Online and Silver Medal

ProPublica won two Malofiej International Infographics Awards for our open-source font, StateFace.

Malofiej International Infographics Awards Bronze Medal

ProPublica won the Malofiej International Infographics Awards’ Bronze Medal for its housing segregation maps.

Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award Finalist

ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella and Fundación MEPI’s Ana Arana were finalists for Scripps Howard’s Ernie Pyle Award for Human Interest Storytelling for their joint “Finding Oscar” project.

Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award Finalist

ProPublica’s Abrahm Lustgarten was a finalist for Scripps Howard’s Edward Meeman Award for Environmental Reporting for his series on injection wells.

Scripps Howard Foundation National Journalism Award Finalist

ProPublica was a finalist for the Scripps Howard Award for Digital Innovation for our news applications and graphics.

Society for News Design Judges’ Special Recognition

The Society for News Design awarded ProPublica special recognition for its open-source font, StateFace.

National Low Income Housing Coalition Media Award

ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones and Jeff Larson won the NLIHC Media Award for their series on fair housing.

Association of Health Care Journalists Award for Beat Reporting

Sheri Fink won first place in beat reporting in AHCJ’s Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism for her reporting on Hurricane Sandy.

Society for News Design Silver Medal

ProPublica’s Lena Groeger won a Silver Medal from the Society for News Design for her Pipeline Safety Tracker news application.

Society for News Design Silver Medal

ProPublica’s Lena Groeger and Charles Ornstein won the Society for News Design’s Silver Medal for their Nursing Home Inspect news application.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

ProPublica’s Justin Elliott, Cora Currier and Lena Groeger won a Society for News Design’s Award of Excellence for their “How Obama Drone Death Claims Stack Up” interactive graphic.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

ProPublica’s Jeff Larson and Nikole Hannah-Jones won the Society for News Design’s Award of Excellence for their interactive map on housing segregation.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

ProPublica was honored with the Society for News Design’s Award of Excellence for our body of work over the past year.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence

ProPublica’s Lena Groeger was honored with the Society for News Design’s Award of Excellence for her individual portfolio of work at ProPublica.

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

ProPublica’s Liz Day and our partners at Frontline won a SABEW Best in Business Award in digital investigative news for their joint project on cell tower deaths.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award, Digital Feature

ProPublica’s Paul Kiel won a SABEW Best in Business Award for digital feature for his piece, “The Great American Foreclosure Story.”

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award, Digital Explanatory

ProPublica’s Paul Kiel won a SABEW Best in Business Award for digital explanatory for his piece, “The Great American Foreclosure Story.”

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

ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger won a SABEW Best in Business Award in digital commentary for the second consecutive year for his “The Trade” column co-published with the New York Times DealBook.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Philip Meyer Award, Third Place

ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur won third place in the IRE’s annual Philip Meyer Award for their investigation into presidential pardons.

2012

Third Coast Audio Festival Silver Award

“What Happened at Dos Erres,” produced by This American Life in collaboration with ProPublica, was awarded the 2012 Third Coast Audio Festival Silver Award.

Online Journalism Award for General Excellence

ProPublica was awarded the 2012 Online News Association Award for General Excellence in the medium site category.

National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Contribution to Oversight Award

The “Law and Disorder” series by ProPublica, PBS Frontline and the New Orleans Times-Picayune was awarded the 2012 National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement Contribution to Oversight Award.

Online Journalism Awards Finalist for Innovative Investigative Journalism

ProPublica was a finalist for the 2012 Online News Association’s Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism in the medium site category for its redistricting coverage.

Online Journalism Awards Finalist for Explanatory Reporting

ProPublica was a finalist for the 2012 Online News Association’s Award for Explanatory Reporting in the medium site category for its “Opportunity Gap” news application.

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form

ProPublica and its partner PBS Frontline were nominated for an Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form for “A Perfect Terrorist.”

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form

ProPublica and its partners PBS Frontline and McClatchy newspapers were nominated for an Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form for “The Anthrax Files.”

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Newsmagazine

ProPublica and its partner PBS Frontline were nominated for an Emmy Award for for Outstanding Investigative Journalism in a Newsmagazine for “Child Cases.”

Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism on Children and Families, Runner-up

The “Death Investigation in America” series by ProPublica, NPR and PBS Frontline was named a runner-up in the audio category of the 2012 Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism on Children and Families.

Mirror Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting

Peter Maass was awarded the 2012 Mirror Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting for his story on the toppling of the Saddam statue in Firdos Square.

Livingston Award for Young Journalists

ProPublica’s Olga Pierce, Jeff Larson and Lois Beckett were awarded the 2012 Livingston Award for Young Journalists for their redistricting series.

Deadline Club Award for Beat Reporting

ProPublica’s A.C. Thompson, Chisun Lee, Mosi Secret, Marshall Allen and Krista Kjellman Schmidt were awarded the 2012 Deadline Club Award for Digital Beat Reporting for their “Death Investigation in America” series.

National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Finalist

ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur, along with our partner the Washington Post, were finalists for the 2012 National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence, Newspaper, Investigative, for their coverage of presidential pardons. 

Urbino Press Award

ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella won the Urbino Press Award for distinguished reporting on the ever-changing world.

Overseas Press Club Award for Best Online Coverage of an International Issue or Event

ProPublica’s Jeff Gerth, along with our partner the Financial Times, won the 2011 Overseas Press Club of America Award for Best Online Coverage of an International Issue or Event for his coverage of foreign tax credits.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award—Multiplatform, Large

ProPublica’s A.C. Thompson, Chisun Lee, Marshall Allen, Aarti Shahani, Mosi Secret, Krista Kjellman Schmidt, Al Shaw, Jennifer LaFleur and Robin Fields, along with our partners at NPR and PBS Frontline, won the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Multiplatform, Large,  for their “Death Investigation in America” series.

Scripps Howard Award for Business/Economic Reporting

ProPublica’s Paul Kiel and Olga Pierce won the Scripps Howard Award in Business/Economics Reporting for their “Foreclosure Crisis” series.

Scripps Howard Award Finalist for Public Service

ProPublica’s Charles Ornstein, Tracy Weber and Dan Nguyen were finalists for the Scripps Howard Award in Public Service for their “Dollars for Docs” series.

Society for News Design’s Best of Digital Design Awards

ProPublica’s Opportunity Gap news application won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in Data-Driven Projects.

Society for News Design’s Best of Digital Design Awards

ProPublica won a Society for News Design Award of Excellence in Mobile Experience.

Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting Honorable Mention

ProPublica’s Olga Pierce, Jeff Larson and Lois Beckett were awarded the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting Honorable Mention for their series on redistricting.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for Investigative Reporting

ProPublica’s Paul Kiel and Olga Pierce were awarded the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award for Investigative Reporting, digital division, for their reporting on the foreclosure crisis.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for Opinion/Column

ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger was awarded the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award for his column, The Trade.

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for Creative Use Across Multiple Platforms

ProPublica’s Jeff Gerth, along with our partner the Financial Times, was awarded the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award for Creative Use Across Multiple Platforms, international division, for “Tax Wars.”

Society of American Business Editors and Writers Award for Investigative Reporting

ProPublica’s Jeff Gerth, along with our partner the Financial Times, was awarded the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business Award for Investigative Reporting, international division, for “Tax Wars.”

Goldsmith Prize Finalist

ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer and Jennifer LaFleur were named finalists for the 2012 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for their coverage of presidential pardons, with the Washington Post.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Philip Meyer Award Finalist

ProPublica’s Jennifer LaFleur along with our partner, the Seattle Times, won third place in the IRE’s annual Philip Meyer Award for a joint project on foreclosures.

Netexplo Award

ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” project won a 2012 Netexplo Award for most promising use of digital technology.

2011

Dart Society Mimi Award for Editing Honorable Mention

ProPublica’s Stephen Engelberg was awarded an honorable mention in the 2011 Dart Society Mimi Award for Editing.

Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism Honorable Mention

ProPublica’s coverage of dialysis was awarded an honorable mention in the 2011 Barlett and Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism.

Online Journalism Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism

ProPublica was awarded the 2011 Online News Association’s Gannett Foundation Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism in the small site category for its Dialysis Facility Tracker.

Online Journalism Awards Finalist for General Excellence

ProPublica was a finalist for the 2011 Online News Association’s Award for General Excellence in the small site category.

Online Journalism Awards Finalist for Innovative Investigative Journalism

ProPublica was a finalist for the 2011 Online News Association’s Award for Innovative Investigative Journalism in the small site category for its “Dollars for Docs” coverage.

Society of Environmental Journalists Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting

ProPublica’s coverage of the BP oil spill with PBS Frontline was awarded the 2011 Society of Environmental Journalists Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Large Market.

Society of Environmental Journalists Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting

ProPublica’s coverage of Chinese drywall with the Sarasota Herald-Tribune was awarded the 2011 Society of Environmental Journalists Kevin Carmody Award for Outstanding In-depth Reporting, Small Market.

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Investigative Journalism—Long Form

ProPublica and its partner PBS “Frontline” were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism — Long Form for “Law and Disorder.”

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting—Long Form

ProPublica and its partner PBS “Frontline” were nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Business and Economic Reporting — Long Form for “The Spill.”

Emmy Award Nomination for New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming—Current News

ProPublica and its partner NPR were nominated for an Emmy Award for New Approaches to News & Documentary Programming — Current News Coverage for “Brain Wars: How the Military Is Failing Its Wounded.”

National Association of Real Estate Editors Journalism Award

ProPublica’s Jennifer LaFleur, along with the Seattle Times, won the National Association of Real Estate Editors First Place, Team Award for her coverage of foreclosures.

I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence

ProPublica’s A.C. Thompson won the 2011 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence.

American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award Honorable Mention

ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer, Chisun Lee and Krista Kjellman Schmidt were awarded the 2011 American Bar Association Silver Gavel Award honorable mention for newspapers for their coverage of Guantanamo detention.

Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism Finalist

ProPublica’s coverage of Chinese drywall was named a finalist for the 2011 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, for online enterprise.

Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism Finalist

ProPublica’s coverage of Chinese drywall was named a finalist for the 2011 Gerald Loeb Award for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism, for medium and small newspapers.

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Online Journalism

ProPublica’s Robin Fields won the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Online Journalism for her coverage of dialysis.

Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Online Investigative Reporting

ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller, along with NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling, won the 2010 Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award for Online Investigative Reporting for the series “Brain Wars.”

Livingston Award for Young Journalists Finalists

ProPublica’s Joaquin Sapien and Ryan Knutson were finalists for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Sapien was recognized for his coverage of drywall and Knutson for his reporting on the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Overseas Press Club Award for Online General Excellence

ProPublica’s Dafna Linzer, Chisun Lee and Krista Kjellman Schmidt won the 2010 Overseas Press Club of America Award for Online General Excellence for their coverage of Guantanamo detention.

Overseas Press Club Award for Best Online Coverage of an International Issue or Event

ProPublica’s Sebastian Rotella won the 2010 Overseas Press Club of America Award for Best Online Coverage of an International Issue or Event for his coverage of the Mumbai terror attack.

Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting: The Wall Street Money Machine

ProPublica’s Jesse Eisinger and Jake Bernstein won a 2011 Pulitzer Prize for national affairs reporting for their coverage of the CDO industry.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism

ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” coverage and database was awarded the Investigative Reporters and Editors Award for Innovation in Watchdog Journalism.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Online Award

ProPublica’s Robin Fields was awarded the Investigative Reporters and Editors Online Award for her coverage of dialysis.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Partnership/Collaboration Award Finalist

ProPublica’s Jake Bernstein and Jesse Eisinger, along with partners Planet Money and This American Life, were finalists for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Partnership/Collaboration Award for their coverage of Wall Street before the financial crisis.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Partnership/Collaboration Award Finalist

ProPublica’s T. Christian Miller, along with partner NPR, was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Partnership/Collaboration Award for the series “Brain Wars.”

Investigative Reporters and Editors Online Award Finalist

ProPublica’s “Dollars for Docs” coverage and database was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Online Award.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Freedom of Information Award Finalist

ProPublica’s Robin Fields was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters and Editors Freedom of Information Award for her coverage of dialysis.

National Magazine Award for Public Interest Finalist

ProPublica’s Robin Fields was a finalist for the National Magazine Award for Public Interest for her article on dialysis.

Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma

ProPublica, along with partner NPR, was awarded the Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma from Columbia University’s Dart Center for the series “Brain Wars.”

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