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Nieman journalism award winners Jason Grotto, Charles Lewis, Audra D.S. Burch, Carol Marbin Miller and panel moderator Michael Rezendes Lisa Abitbol

Awards & Conferences

The Nieman Foundation presents annual journalism awards to news organizations and journalists who have produced exceptional work in several categories. In honoring journalistic excellence, the foundation helps draw attention to innovative research, reporting and storytelling and share the lessons learned from in-depth reporting projects.

College journalists participate in a workshop led by 2018 Nieman Fellow Matthew Karolian during the 2018 Georges Conference

College journalists participate in a workshop led by 2018 Nieman Fellow Matthew Karolian during the 2018 Georges Conference

Each year, Nieman award recipients join a long list of previous winners who have produced groundbreaking work in print, on air and online.

During the 2018-2019 academic year, honorees included investigative reporter Marisa Kwiatkowski, who received the Louis M. Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism for her groundbreaking investigative reporting as part of a team at The Indianapolis Star that uncovered sexual abuse within the sport of gymnastics and exposed the crimes of former USA Gymnastics team physician Larry Nassar. Author and journalist Alfredo Corchado delivered the Joe Alex Morris Jr. Memorial Lecture and discussed his work as the Mexico-border correspondent for The Dallas Morning News. Mother Jones leaders Monika Bauerlein (CEO) and Clara Jeffery (editor -in-chief) were selected as winners of the 2019 I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence in recognition of their enduring support of investigative reporting and independent journalists.

Recipients of the 2019 Lukas Prize Project Awards include Shane Bauer, winner of the J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize for “American Prison: A Reporter’s Undercover Journey into the Business of Punishment,” winners of the Mark Lynton History Prize—Andrew Delbanco for “The War Before the War: Fugitive Slaves and the Struggle for America’s Soul from the Revolution to the Civil War” and Jeffrey C. Stewart for “The New Negro: The Life of Alain Locke”—and the two J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award winners, Maurice Chammah for “Let the Lord Sort Them: Texas and the Death Penalty’s Rise and Fall in America” and Steven Dudley for “Mara: The Making of the MS13.” Lauren Hilgers is the Lukas Book Prize finalist for “Patriot Number One: American Dreams in Chinatown” and David W. Blight is the Lynton History Prize finalist is for “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.”

In the spring of 2019, The Dallas Morning News won the Worth Bingham Prize for Investigative Journalism for its “Pain and Profit” series, which showed that health care companies in Texas made billions of dollars while denying or stalling crucial taxpayer-funded medications and treatments to thousands of sick children and disabled citizens. The series, reported by J. David McSwane and Andrew Chavez, led to important reforms. In 2018,

Sign Here to Lose Everything,” a Bloomberg News series reported by Zachary Mider and Zeke Faux about predatory lending practices in the cash-advance industry, has won Taylor Family Award for Fairness in Journalism. Finalists were ProPublica for “Unprotected,” about rapes covered up by the More Than Me charity in Liberia, and the Tampa Bay Times for “Heartbroken,” which exposed serious— sometimes fatal—problems with pediatric heart surgeries in a Florida hospital.

In addition to presenting annual journalism awards, the Nieman Foundation regularly organizes conferences for journalists based around a central theme. Together with University of Chicago Institute of Politics, Nieman made co-hosted the 2020 Campaign Journalism Conference for journalists covering the 2020 U.S. presidential election. The training took place in April 2019 in Chicago. In March 2018, Nieman hosted “Covering Nuclear Issues: A Workshop for Journalists,” a three-day conference that brought a diverse group of reporters, academics, researchers and practitioners together to help journalists deepen their reporting skills and expand their thinking around nuclear issues. And in March 2017, the Nieman Foundation presented another workshop for journalists, “Covering Housing.

Nieman additionally organized and hosted “Power: Accountability and Abuse,” a two-day celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Pulitzer Prizes in September 2016 that featured Pulitzer-winning performances and discussions centered on excellence in journalism and the arts.

The Nieman Foundation also hosts the Christopher J. Georges Conference on College Journalismfor student journalists each spring.