Awards and Honors
ProPublica was awarded the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting, the 2011 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting, two Emmy Awards in 2015 and a Peabody Award in 2013. These are just five 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:
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.
For their reporting in “An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” ProPublica reporter T. Christian Miller and The Marshall Project reporter Ken Armstrong won the Al Nakkula Award for Police Reporting.
ProPublica reporter T. Christian Miller and The Marshall Project’s Ken Armstrong won the Meyer “Mike” Berger Award, which honors human-interest reporting, for their joint investigation “An Unbelievable Story of Rape.”
ProPublica and NPR’s Red Cross series, which revealed how the charity has failed disaster victims and made dubious claims of success, won an IRE Award in the Radio/Audio category.
“Insult to Injury,” a joint investigation with NPR on workers’ comp, won the IRE Award in the print/online large category.
ProPublica is the winner of the IRE Medal, the highest honor bestowed by Investigative Reporters and Editors, for “Insult to Injury,” a joint investigation with NPR on workers’ comp.
“Insult to Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections” was a finalist for the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation’s Research and Journalism Awards in the category of print journalism, general circulation.
“An Unbelievable Story of Rape” and “Insult to Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections” were finalists for the Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism, administered by Harvard University’s Nieman Foundation.
The Education Writers Association named ProPublica as a finalist for three National Awards for Education Reporting, for packages on “Debt by Degrees” and the for-profit company AdvoServ, as well as the piece “Small Group Goes to Great Lengths to Block Homeschooling Regulations.”
Alec MacGillis won the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting, honoring the stories that best illuminate the electoral process or revealed the politics of policy.
“An Unbelievable Story of Rape,” a joint investigation by ProPublica and The Marshall Project, won the American Society of News Editors Award for non-deadline reporting.
“Insult to Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections” won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business award in the digital investigative category.
“Insult to Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections” won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business award in the innovation category.
“Color of Debt: How Collection Suits Squeeze Black Neighborhoods” won the Society of American Business Editors and Writers’ Best in Business award in the digital explanatory category.
The Malofiej Awards honored ProPublica with three bronze medals in its competition honoring the best infographics in media from around the world, for the infographics Over 1,100 Health Data Breaches, but Few Fines, How Much is a Limb Worth?, and Darren Sharper Facebook video.
The Center for Journalism Ethics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison named “Insult to Injury: America’s Vanishing Worker Protections” one of five finalists for the Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics.
The Society for News Design honored ProPublica with five Awards of Excellence in the features category, for the stories Cruise Control, Insult to Injury, Surgeon Scorecard, Killing the Colorado and G.I. Dough.
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