The 2016 J. Anthony Lukas Prize Project Awards were presented at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard on May 10, 2016. The awards honor the best in American nonfiction writing and are co-administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and the Nieman Foundation. The project is sponsored by the family of the late Mark Lynton, a historian and senior executive at the firm Hunter Douglas in the Netherlands.
The 2016 honorees are Susan Southard for “Nagasaki: Life After Nuclear War” (the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize); Nikolaus Wachsmann for “KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps” (the Mark Lynton History Prize); and Steve Luxenberg for “Separate: A Story of Race, Ambition and the Battle That Brought Legal Segregation to America” (the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award).
Reporter Dale Russakoff was the finalist for the Lukas Book Prize for “The Prize: Who’s in Charge of America’s Schools?” Timothy Snyder was selected as the Lynton History Prize finalist for “Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning” and Blaire Briody was the finalist for the Lukas Work-in-Progress Award for “The New Wild West: Black Gold, Fracking, and Life in a North Dakota Boomtown.”