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 closed. Check back in fall 2018 for the 2019 application.

2018 Finalists

Asbury Park Press
Shannon Mullen and Payton Guion
Renter Hell

BuzzFeed News
Melissa Segura
Broken Justice In Chicago

Miami Herald
Carol Marbin Miller, Audra D.S. Burch, Emily Michot, and the Miami Herald digital team
Fight Club: An Investigation into Florida Juvenile Justice

NPR and ProPublica
Nina Martin and Renee Montagne
Lost Mothers

STAT and The Boston Globe 
David Armstrong and Evan Allen
The Addiction Trade

The Washington Post
The Washington Post staff

Special citation:
The New York Times
Emily Steel, Jodi Kantor, Megan Twohey, Michael S. Schmidt, and New York Times staff

Read more about the finalists and their stories. 

Information about the 2018 awards ceremony. 

View winners and finalists from previous years.