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Awards and Honors

ProPublica was awarded the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for public service, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for explanatory reporting, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for national reporting, a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting, two Emmy Awards in 2015 and a Peabody Award in 2013. These are just seven 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:

2017

Data Journalism Award, News Data App of the Year

The “Electionland” project won the Data Journalism Award for News Data App of the Year.

Edward R. Murrow Award, Investigative Reporting

“Hell and High Water” won an Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting

Sidney Award, June 2017

The Beleaguered Tenants of ‘Kushnerville’” won the June Sidney Award.

Excellence in Financial Journalism Award, Local

The New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants awarded “The Rent Racket” series with the Excellence in Financial Journalism Award in the local category.

Deadline Club Award, Newspaper or Digital Local News Reporting

The New York City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists awarded “The Rent Racket” series the Deadline Club Award for digital local news reporting.

Gerald Loeb Award Finalist, Investigative

“Busted” is a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award in the investigative category.

Livingston Award Finalist, Local

Al Shaw and Jeff Larson were named finalists for the Livingston Award in the local category for “Hell and High Water.” Sisi Wei, Lena Groeger, Cezary Podkul and Ken Schwencke were also nominated in the local category for the news application “Tracking Evictions and Rent Stabilization in NYC.”

Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award, Public Service in Online Journalis

The Society of Professional Journalists honored “Busted” with the Sigma Delta Chi Award in the category of public service in online journalism, independent.

Society of Professional Journalists’ Sigma Delta Chi Award, Online Non-Deadline Reporting

The Society of Professional Journalists honored “Electionland” with the Sigma Delta Chi Award in the category of online non-deadline reporting.

Education Writers Association Award Finalist, Investigative Reporting, Medium Staff

Our investigation on poor outcomes for students at schools accredited by an accrediting agency of for-profit colleges is a finalist for the Education Writers Association Award for investigative reporting, medium staff.

Education Writers Association Award Finalist, Investigative Reporting, Large Staff

An investigation on New Jersey’s onerous student loan program is a finalist for the Education Writers Association Award for investigative reporting, large staff.

Pulitzer Prize Finalist, Explanatory Reporting

ProPublica’s “Machine Bias” was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. The series explored the hidden power of computer-driven algorithms, from the advertisements we see to decisions made in the criminal justice system.

Pulitzer Prize, Public Service

ProPublica and the New York Daily News won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, honoring their joint investigation on abuses in the New York City Police Department’s enforcement of the city’s nuisance abatement law.

Peabody Award, Radio/Podcast

“Anatomy of Doubt,” a collaboration with This American Life and The Marshall Project, won the Peabody Award in the radio/podcast category.

Peabody Award, Web

“Hell and High Water,” a collaboration between ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, won the Peabody Award in the web category.

Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism, Finalist

“Busted” was recognized as one of two finalists for the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award Finalist, Broadcast/Video

“Terror in Europe,” a collaboration with Frontline, was a finalist for the IRE Award in the broadcast/video category.

Investigative Reporters and Editors Award Finalist, Print/Online

A series of stories on the New York City Police Department’s enforcement of nuisance abatement laws was a finalist for the IRE Award in the print/online category.

James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism

ProPublica won two out of five James Aronson Awards for Social Justice Journalism, for “Busted” and an investigation on abuses in the enforcement of nuisance abatement actions in New York City.

SABEW Best in Business Award, Real Estate

“The Rent Racket” series won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business Award in the real estate category.

SABEW Best in Business Award, Innovation

The Society of American Business Editors and Writers honored “Hell and High Water” with the Best in Business Award in the innovation category.

Scripps Howard Award, Topic of the Year

Reporter Alec MacGillis won a Scripps Howard Award for Topic of the Year, for his portfolio of stories on the roots of the 2016 political season.

Scripps Howard Award, Digital Innovation

The Machine Bias series won a Scripps Howard Award in the Digital Innovation category.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence, Product Design

The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with an Award of Excellence for product design, for the ProPublica Data Store.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence, Organizational Portfolio

The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with an Award of Excellence for organizational portfolio.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence, Breaking News

The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with an Award of Excellence for breaking news, for Electionland.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence, Special Events

The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with an Award of Excellence for special events, for Electionland.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence, Portfolio, Social Media Strategy

The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with two Awards of Excellence for social media strategy, for portfolios on explainers and Voices of Agent Orange.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence, Graphics

The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with three Awards of Excellence in the graphics category, for the stories What Facebook Knows About You, Lost Cause, and Busted.

Society for News Design Award of Excellence, Features

The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with five Awards of Excellence in the features category, for the stories A Gunfight in Guatemala; Who Trump is Putting in Power; Hell and High Water; Boomtown, Flood Town; and Breaking the Black Box.

George Polk Award, National Reporting

ProPublica reporter Alec MacGillis won a George Polk Award in the National Reporting category, for his portfolio of stories on the roots of the 2016 political season.

John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Journalism, Series

Busted won the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Journalism in the “series” category.

2016

AAJA National Journalism Award, Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism

The Asian American Journalists Association honored “Surgeon Scorecard” with the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism.

Sidney Award, August 2016

“Busted” won the August Sidney Award.

NABJ Salute to Excellence Award, Online Project: News

The National Association of Black Journalists nominated “The Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods” as a finalist for the Salute to Excellence Awards in the Online Project: News category.

Emmy Award Finalist, Outstanding Investigative Journalism: Long Form

The ProPublica and PBS Frontline project “Terror in Little Saigon” was nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award in the category of outstanding investigative journalism: long form.

National Press Club Award, Consumer Journalism-Periodicals

“Color of Debt” won the National Press Club Award for consumer journalism-periodicals.

Edward R. Murrow Award, News Series (Audio)

The ProPublica and NPR workers’ comp collaboration, Insult to Injury, won an Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of News Series (Audio).

Data Journalism Award, Best Individual Portfolio

ProPublica news applications developer Sisi Wei won the Data Journalism Award for Best Individual Portfolio.

Gerald Loeb Award Finalist, Images/Graphics/Interactives

The UCLA Anderson School of Management named “Debt by Degrees” a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for beat reporting.

Gerald Loeb Award, Explanatory

“Insult to Injury” won the Gerald Loeb Award for explanatory reporting.

Gerald Loeb Award Finalist, Beat Reporting

The UCLA Anderson School of Management named “Color of Debt” a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for beat reporting.

Sidney Award, May 2016

“The NYPD is Running Stings Against Immigrant-Owned Shops, Then Pushing for Warrantless Searches” won the May 2016 Sidney Award.

Data Journalism Award Finalist, News Data App of the Year

The Global Editors Network named “Color of Debt” a finalist for its Data Journalism Award for news data app of the year (large newsroom).

Deadline Club Award, Public Service

Insult to Injury, a joint project with NPR on the nation’s workers’ comp system, won the Deadline Club award for public service.

Deadline Club Award, Science, Technology, Medical or Environmental Reporting

Surgeon Scorecard won the Deadline Club award for science, technology, medical or environmental reporting.

Deadline Club Award, Minority Focus

The Color of Debt, an analysis of stark racial disparities in debt collection lawsuits, won the Deadline Club minority focus award.

Deadline Club Award, Newspaper or Digital Feature Reporting

An Unbelievable Story of Rape, a collaboration with the Marshall Project, won the Deadline Club award for newspaper or digital feature reporting.

Livingston Awards

The University of Michigan named six ProPublica reporters – Robert Faturechi, Jeff Larson, Michael Grabell, Lena Groeger, Cezary Podkul and Marcelo Rochabrun – as finalists in the Livingston Awards, which honor outstanding achievement by journalists under the age of 35.

National Award for Education Reporting, Investigative Reporting

The Education Writers Association named ProPublica the winner of its National Award for Education Reporting for investigative reporting, general news outlet (medium), for a series on abuses at residential schools for children with severe disabilities.

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