Goldsmith Awards Program

The Goldsmith Awards Program, launched in 1991, has as its goal the encouragement of a more insightful and spirited public debate about government, politics and the press. The program includes the awarding of the following prizes:

You can learn more about the Goldsmith Awards, including recent winners and finalists and an archive of past winners and ceremonies, at

The Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting

This $25,000 investigative-reporting prize has recognized pioneering work by teams of journalists from across the country. It honors investigative reporting that best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics. Learn more at

The winner of the 2021 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was Mississippi’s Dangerous and Dysfunctional Penal System by Joseph Neff, Alysia Santo, Anna Wolfe, and Michelle Liu, of The Marshall Project, Mississippi Today, Mississippi Center for Investigative Reporting, Jackson Clarion-Ledger, and the USA TODAY Network

The Goldsmith Book Prize

The Goldsmith Book Prize is awarded to the trade and academic books that best fulfill the objective of improving democratic governance through an examination of the intersection between the media, politics and public policy.  Learn more at 

The Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism

The Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism is given annually for outstanding contributions to the field of journalism, and for work that has enriched our political discourse and our society. Learn more at 

Financial support for the Goldsmith Awards Program is provided by an annual grant from the Goldsmith Fund of the Greenfield Foundation.