Goldsmith Investigative Reporting Prize

The Dallas Morning News’ J. David McSwane and Andrew Chavez accept their 2019 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting from Shorenstein Center Executive Director Setti Warren on March 12, 2019.

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. Prize money is paid directly to the journalists, not the news organizations. 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.

Applications for the 2021 Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting are now open. Please read the full rules and criteria before submitting.

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2020 Goldsmith Prize Winner

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By the staffs of The Arizona Republic, USA TODAY, and the Center for Public Integrity
The Arizona Republic, USA TODAY, and the Center for Public Integrity

2020 Goldsmith Prize Finalists

Lawless
By Kyle Hopkins
Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica

Hidden Harm
By Christina Jewett
Kaiser Health News

Silent Killer
By Suzy Khimm, Laura Strickler
NBC News

Fleeing Justice
By Shane Dixon Kavanaugh
The Oregonian/OregonLive

The Afghanistan Papers/A Secret History of the War
By Craig Whitlock
The Washington Post