Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize

Robin McDowell

Robin McDowell, reporter for The Associated Press and one of the winners of the 2016 Goldsmith prize for Investigative Reporting for “Seafood from Slaves.”

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.


To submit an entry for the 2017 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting:

2016 Winner

The Associated Press
Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Martha Mendoza, Esther Htusan
“Seafood from Slaves”

2016 Finalists

The Guardian US
Jon Swaine, Oliver Laughland, Jamiles Lartey, Ciara McCarthy, Guardian US interactive
“The Counted”

InsideClimate News
Neela Banerjee, John H. Cushman Jr., David Hasemyer, Lisa Song
“Exxon: The Road Not Taken”

The New York Times
Jessica Silver-Greenberg, Michael Corkery, Robert Gebeloff
“Beware the Fine Print”

Tampa Bay Times
Michael LaForgia, Cara Fitzpatrick, Lisa Gartner
“Failure Factories”

The Washington Post
The Washington Post staff
“Fatal Shooting by Police”


Information about the 2016 awards ceremony. 

View winners and finalists from previous years.