Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize

Shane Bauer of Mother Jones accepts the 2017 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Shorenstein Center Director Nicco Mele.

About the Award

The annual Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting honors investigative reporting that best promotes more effective and ethical conduct of government, the making of public policy, or the practice of politics. The winner receives $25,000, and five finalists receive $10,000. While the subject can address issues of foreign policy, a submission qualifies only if it has an impact on public policy in the United States at the national, regional or local level.

Financial support for the Goldsmith Awards Program is provided by an annual grant from the Goldsmith Fund of the Greenfield Foundation. The program is administered by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.

How To Apply

Applications for the 2018 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting are now being accepted. To apply:

  • Read the Rules and Information carefully for eligibility and application details.
  • Apply using the online form.
  • Deadline for entries is Friday, December 29, 2017, 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time

Apply Online

2017 Winner

Mother Jones
Shane Bauer
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard

2017 Finalists

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Carrie Teegardin, Danny Robbins, Ariel Hart, Jeff Ernsthausen, Alan Judd and Johnny Edwards
Doctors & Sex Abuse

Chicago Tribune
Sam Roe, Karisa King and Ray Long
Dangerous Doses

Los Angeles Times
David S. Cloud
California National Guard Enlistment Bonus Scandal

Sarasota Herald-Tribune
Josh Salman, Emily Le Coz and Elizabeth Johnson
Bias on the Bench

The Wall Street Journal
John Carreyrou, Christopher Weaver and Michael Siconolfi
The Downfall of Theranos


Information about the 2017 awards ceremony. 

View winners and finalists from previous years.