About the Award
The Worth Bingham Prize honors investigative reporting of stories of national significance where the public interest is being ill-served.
These stories may involve state, local or national government, lobbyists or the View a list of previous winners »
press itself wherever there exists an "atmosphere of easy tolerance" that Worth Bingham himself once described in his reporting on the nation's capital.
The investigative reporting may cover actual violations of the law, rule or code; lax or ineffective administration or enforcement; or activities which create conflicts of interest, entail excessive secrecy or otherwise raise questions of propriety.
Judges will be guided by such factors as obstacles overcome in getting information, accuracy, clarity of analysis and writing style, magnitude of the situation, and impact on the public, including any reforms that may have resulted.
The $20,000 prize for reporting in 2012 will be presented at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard in Cambridge, Mass. in the spring of 2013.