Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting

The Toner Program was established at the Newhouse School in 2009 to celebrate the life and work of late alumna Robin Toner ’76, the first woman to serve as national political correspondent for The New York Times.

Above: Jason Zengerle, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine and a correspondent for GQ, was the winner of the 2019 Toner Prize.

The program includes the annual Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting and the accompanying Toner Lecture, which brings prize winners to the Newhouse School to speak and meet with students.

Since 2020, the award program has awarded the Toner Prize for Excellence in National Political Reporting and the Toner Prize for Excellence in Local Political Reporting. Both carry a $5,000 honorarium.