This year’s virtual ceremony premiered at 12 p.m. on May 21. Click here to view the full list of winners.

We are grateful to Mort Zuckerman and the Zuckerman Family Foundation for their support of this year’s exciting Robert F. Kennedy Book and Journalism Awards ceremony.

This ceremony, and all the important programs at RFK Human Rights, rely on donations from generous friends. 

The Robert F. Kennedy Book Award was founded in 1980 with the proceeds from Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr.’s bestselling biography, Robert Kennedy and His Times. Each year, Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights presents an award to the book that, as Schlesinger said, “most faithfully and forcefully reflects Robert Kennedy’s purposes – his concern for the poor and the powerless, his struggle for honest and even-handed justice, his conviction that a decent society must assure all young people a fair chance, and his faith that a free democracy can act to remedy disparities of power and opportunity.”

Launched in 1969 by the reporters who covered Senator Robert Kennedy’s presidential campaign, the prestigious RFK Journalism Awards honor a free and fair press and celebrate media professionals whose work explores issues of human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action.

2023 Ceremony

2022 Ceremony

2021 Ceremony