The Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting recognize the best U.S. national or local political reporting in any medium or on any platform—print, broadcast or online.
The 2023 Toner Prizes competition is now closed for submissions.
Two prizes—the Toner Prize for Excellence in National Political Reporting and the Toner Prize for Excellence in Local Political Reporting—are awarded annually by the Newhouse School. Each includes a $5,000 honorarium.
Entries are judged on how well they reflect the high standards and depth of reporting that marked Robin Toner’s work. Judges look for how well the entries:
Entries must be fact-based reporting, not commentary. Single articles, series or a body of work are eligible. Books are ineligible.
The submission period runs from Dec. 1 to mid-January. Winners are announced in March in Washington, D.C., at the gala Toner Celebration.
2022 National Toner Prize
The Washington Post
2022 Local Toner Prize
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
“Inside the Campaign to Undermine Georgia’s Election”
2021 National Toner Prize
David A. Graham, The Atlantic
2021 National Toner Prize Honorable Mention
Jennifer Medina, The New York Times
2021 Toner Prize for Excellence in Local Political Reporting
2020 National Toner Prize
The Boston Globe
2020 Local Toner Prize
WBEZ Public Media
2019: Jason Zengerle
2018: The Washington Post
2017: David Fahrenthold, The Washington Post
2016: Alec MacGillis, ProPublica
2015: Dan Balz, The Washington Post
2014: Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
2013: Molly Ball, The Atlantic
2012: Jane Mayer, The New Yorker
2011: Craig Harris, The Arizona Republic