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:
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.
“Busted” is a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award in the investigative category.
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.”
The Society of Professional Journalists honored “Busted” with the Sigma Delta Chi Award in the category of public service in online journalism, independent.
The Society of Professional Journalists honored “Electionland” with the Sigma Delta Chi Award in the category of online non-deadline reporting.
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.
An investigation on New Jersey’s onerous student loan program is a finalist for the Education Writers Association Award for investigative reporting, large staff.
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.
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.
“Anatomy of Doubt,” a collaboration with This American Life and The Marshall Project, won the Peabody Award in the radio/podcast category.
“Hell and High Water,” a collaboration between ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, won the Peabody Award in the web category.
“Busted” was recognized as one of two finalists for the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism.
“Terror in Europe,” a collaboration with Frontline, was a finalist for the IRE Award in the broadcast/video category.
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.
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.
“The Rent Racket” series won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business Award in the real estate category.
The Society of American Business Editors and Writers honored “Hell and High Water” with the Best in Business Award in the innovation category.
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.
The Machine Bias series won a Scripps Howard Award in the Digital Innovation category.
The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with an Award of Excellence for product design, for the ProPublica Data Store.
The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with an Award of Excellence for organizational portfolio.
The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with an Award of Excellence for breaking news, for Electionland.
The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with an Award of Excellence for special events, for Electionland.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Busted won the John Jay College/Harry Frank Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Journalism in the “series” category.
The Asian American Journalists Association honored “Surgeon Scorecard” with the Al Neuharth Award for Innovation in Investigative Journalism.
“Busted” won the August Sidney Award.
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.
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.
“Color of Debt” won the National Press Club Award for consumer journalism-periodicals.
The ProPublica and NPR workers’ comp collaboration, Insult to Injury, won an Edward R. Murrow Award in the category of News Series (Audio).
ProPublica news applications developer Sisi Wei won the Data Journalism Award for Best Individual Portfolio.
The UCLA Anderson School of Management named “Debt by Degrees” a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for beat reporting.
“Insult to Injury” won the Gerald Loeb Award for explanatory reporting.
The UCLA Anderson School of Management named “Color of Debt” a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for beat reporting.
“The NYPD is Running Stings Against Immigrant-Owned Shops, Then Pushing for Warrantless Searches” won the May 2016 Sidney Award.
The Global Editors Network named “Color of Debt” a finalist for its Data Journalism Award for news data app of the year (large newsroom).
Insult to Injury, a joint project with NPR on the nation’s workers’ comp system, won the Deadline Club award for public service.
Surgeon Scorecard won the Deadline Club award for science, technology, medical or environmental reporting.
The Color of Debt, an analysis of stark racial disparities in debt collection lawsuits, won the Deadline Club minority focus award.
An Unbelievable Story of Rape, a collaboration with the Marshall Project, won the Deadline Club award for newspaper or digital feature reporting.
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.
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.
Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism honored “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” jointly reported with The Marshall Project, with the John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism.
ProPublica senior reporter T. Christian Miller won a 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, along with The Marshall Project staff writer Ken Armstrong, for “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” their harrowing account of the hunt for a serial rapist.
ProPublica senior reporter Abrahm Lustgarten was named a finalist for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for “Killing the Colorado,” his investigation on the water crisis in the American West.
The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma named two ProPublica stories, “Terror in Little Saigon” and “An Unbelievable Story of Rape” as finalists for their Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma.
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