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ProPublica Wins Nellie Bly Award for Supreme Court Coverage

The Museum of Political Corruption announced Sunday that ProPublica’s “Friends of the Court” series won the 2024 Nellie Bly Award for Investigative Reporting. Named after a pioneering 19th century journalist, this award recognizes distinguished reporting on corruption.

“ProPublica’s courageous reporting on the Supreme Court was a seismic wake-up call for the public. It forced a long overdue reckoning on the Court regarding its ethical standards,” said museum founder and president Bruce Roter.

In response to ProPublica’s reporting, the Supreme Court announced in November that it had unanimously adopted the first ethics code in the court’s 234-year history, and Justice Clarence Thomas for the first time acknowledged that he should have reported selling real estate to billionaire Harlan Crow in 2014. Writing in his annual financial disclosure form, Thomas said he “inadvertently failed to realize” that the deal needed to be publicly disclosed. Thomas also disclosed receiving three private jet trips from Crow, two of which ProPublica had reported on. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted to authorize subpoenas of Crow and conservative legal activist Leonard Leo as part of the committee’s ongoing effort to investigate ethics lapses by justices.

Learn more about the Nellie Bly Award.

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