Call for entries: 2018 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting

January 9, 2018

The Newhouse School at Syracuse University is accepting entries for the $5,000 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. Entries can be submitted online at Deadline is Jan. 15.

The Toner Prize recognizes outstanding political reporting in a tribute to the late Robin Toner ’76, who was the first woman to serve as national political correspondent for The New York Times. Toner was a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University.

The Toner Prize will go to the best national or local political reporting on any platform—print, broadcast or online. Entries must be fact-based reporting, not commentary. Single articles, series or a body of work are eligible. The work must have been reported and published, posted or broadcast between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017.

Past Toner Prize winners include David Fahrenthold of The Washington Post for a series of articles highlighting his yearlong reporting on Donald Trump; Alec MacGillis of ProPublica for a series of stories on the workings of politics and government; Dan Balz of The Washington Post for a series of political profiles that illuminated the partisan divide in Washington; Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post for her reporting on politicians and her in-depth look at the political landscape in West Virginia; Molly Ball of The Atlantic for her reporting on the 2012 election, including coverage of the presidential candidates and the campaign around gay-marriage referenda in four states; Jane Mayer of The New Yorker for her in-depth look at a prominent political donor’s influence on North Carolina politics; and Craig Harris of The Arizona Republic for an eight-part series on Arizona’s broken and expensive public pension plan.

For more information, contact Charlotte Grimes at