News & Events


Throughout the year the Shorenstein Center presents lectures and discussions in a variety of formats — conferences, forums, symposia, lectures, discussions and informal gatherings. Our highly popular Speaker Series highlights the Center’s ability to attract interesting speakers who share their expertise and experience with Kennedy School students throughout the school year.

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Past Event Recordings, Public Interest Journalism,
Public financing of sports venues
Join co-hosts Clark Merrefield and Michael Klein for a webinar on the public financing of sports venues....
May 16, 2024
10 A.M. ET
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Past Event Recordings,
Reporting on Texas Politics: a conversation with the 2023 Nyhan Prize winners
The winners of the 2023 Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism in a conversation about reporting on Texas...
April 30, 2024
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Spotlight Shorenstein

Center News, News,
Meet the newest members of the Shorenstein Center's Advisory Board
The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy is pleased to announce the addition of Kathleen Carroll, Katie Couric, Norm Pearlstine, Ben...
Center News, Local News, News, Public Interest Journalism,
Antonia Hylton, Mike Hixenbaugh, and Robert Downen win Nyhan Prizes for Political Journalism
For the first time in the 18 year history of the Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism, administered by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public...

Prizes and Annual Lectures

The Shorenstein Center recognizes the best journalists, elected officials, and practitioners making a difference in the realm of public policy through its program of annual honorary lectures and prizes.

The Goldsmith Awards

The Goldsmith Awards Program encourages a more insightful, spirited public debate about government, politics and the press. It includes the prestigious Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, book prizes and the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism. These awards are given annually thanks to a gift from the Goldsmith Fund at the Greenfield Foundation. To learn more about the Goldsmith Awards visit their online home at

David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism

David Nyhan was a columnist and reporter at The Boston Globe, and a Spring 2001 Shorenstein Fellow. The Nyhan Prize honors a journalist who embodies David’s commitment to challenging the powerful and acting as a voice for those whose voices are seldom heard. The award is sponsored by the Shorenstein Center and is made possible by the generosity of the Nyhan family and many friends. Learn more about the Nyhan Prize and past winners>

Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics

The Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics commemorates the life of the reporter and historian who set the standard for contemporary political journalism and campaign coverage. Since 1989 the annual Theodore H. White Lecture has been delivered by a noted politician, journalist, or author. Watch or read previous Theodore H. White lectures>

Richard S. Salant Lecture on Freedom of the Press

The Richard S. Salant Lecture on the Freedom of the Press was established in 2008 by the estate of Dr. Frank Stanton in honor of his longtime friend and colleague, Richard S. Salant, an ardent defender of the First Amendment and passionate leader of broadcast ethics and news standards. Watch or read previous Salant lectures>