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:
Cezary Podkul won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Larry Birger Award, which honors business journalists under the age of 30.
PEN Center USA’s Award of Honor recognizes the role that ProPublica plays in the larger ecosystem of journalism.
Segregation Now, co-published with The Atlantic, won the NABJ Salute to Excellence Award for digital media, interactive feature.
Black America’s Invisible Crisis, a collaboration with Essence, won the NABJ Salute to Excellence Award for magazines, investigative.
Losing Ground, a collaboration between ProPublica and The Lens in New Orleans, won third place in SEJ’s 2015 awards for reporting on the environment.
ProPublica’s ‘Firestone and the Warlord,’ in partnership with PBS Frontline, was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award for outstanding research.
ProPublica and PBS Frontline’s collaborative project, ‘Firestone and the Warlord,’ was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award in outstanding investigative journalism, long-form.
ProPublica and NPR’s series on wage garnishment was named a finalist in the video/audio category.
ProPublica and PBS Frontline’s multimedia collaboration, “Firestone and the Warlord,” was chosen as a finalist for international coverage.
Jesse Eisinger’s bi-weekly column, “The Trade,” has been nominated as a Gerald Loeb Award finalist in commentary.
“Segregation Now,” Nikole Hannah-Jones’ multimedia exploration of the resegregation of America’s schools, won the award for newspaper or digital beat reporting.
Lois Beckett’s article “Black America’s Invisible Crisis,” published with Essence Magazine as part of a series on post-traumatic stress disorder from neighborhood shootings, won the Deadline Club’s public service award.
“Segregation Now” received an honorable mention from the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Awards.
ProPublica and PBS Frontline’s “Firestone and the Warlord” won the RFK Journalism Award for new media. The collaborative project was led by T. Christian Miller, Jonathan Jones, Marcela Gaviria and Will Cohen.
The Global Editors Network named “Treatment Tracker” a finalist for its Data Journalism Award for open data.
The Global Editors Network named “Losing Ground,” a collaboration with The Lens of New Orleans, a finalist for its Data Journalism Award for data visualization of the year.
The Global Editors Network named “Inside the Firewall: Tracking the News That China Blocks” a finalist for its Data Journalism Award for data visualization of the year.
The Global Editors Network named “A Disappearing Planet” a finalist for its Data Journalism Award for data visualization of the year.
ProPublica’s Megan McCloskey was chosen as a finalist for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists in national reporting for her project “Failing the Fallen,” on the Pentagon’s efforts to recover and ID those missing in action from World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
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.”
“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.
The National Association of Black Journalists named ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones its 2015 Journalist of the Year, recognizing her extraordinary series “Segregation Now” as a “critical exploration of access to opportunity and education equity.”
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.
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
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.”
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.
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.
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.
“Black America’s Invisible Crisis,” by Lois Beckett and published with Essence Magazine, was a finalist for the Deadline Club’s Public Service Award.
Lois Beckett’s coverage of post-traumatic stress disorder from neighborhood shootings was a finalist in the Deadline Club’s minority focus category.
“Segregation Now” was a finalist for the Deadline Club Public Service Award.
“Segregation Now” was a finalist for the Deadline Club Award for newspaper or digital enterprise reporting.
“Segregation Now” was a finalist for the Deadline Club Award for newspaper or digital beat reporting.
“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.
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.”
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.”
“Losing Ground,” a collaboration between ProPublica and The Lens, won the Gannett Award for Innovation and Watchdog Journalism.
“Firestone and the Warlord,” a ProPublica project with PBS Frontline and Rain Media, won the IRE award for multiplatform projects by large organizations.
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.
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.
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?”
“Inside the Firewall,” by Sisi Wei, won a bronze medal in the world and nation category of the Malofiej International Infographics Awards.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
“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.
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.
ProPublica’s organizational portfolio won a 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.
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