Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards

Founded by the reporters who covered Robert F. Kennedy's historic 1968 presidential campaign, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards honor outstanding reporting on issues that reflect Robert Kennedy's concerns, including human rights, social justice, and the power of individual action in the United States and around the world. Winning entries in 13 categories provide insights into the causes, conditions, and remedies of human rights violations and injustice, and critical analyses of relevant policies, programs, individual actions, and private endeavors that foster positive change. 

The Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Awards are among the few in which winners are determined by their peers. Past winners include The Washington Post, National Public Radio, CBS's 60 Minutes, ABC's 20/20, and HBO.

Journalism Grand Prize winners

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2021: USA TODAY Network in the South
“The Confederate Reckoning”
2020: Newsy
“A Broken Trust”
2019: The Associated Press
“Torn Apart: Immigration in the Era of Trump”
2018: Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey
"Harassed"
2017: Bill Moyers
RIKERS
2016: Matt Black
"The Geography of Poverty" | MSNBC
2015: Richard Marosi & Don Barletti
"Product of Mexico" | The Los Angeles Times
2014: Andres Cediel & Team
"Rape in the Fields/Violacion de un Sueno" | UC Berkeley IRP, Frontline & Univision
2013: James Alexander, Karen Garoch, Joseph Neff, David Raynor, Jim Walser & Steve Riley
"Prognosis: Profits" | The Charlottesville Observer
2012: May Ying Welsh
"Bahrain: Shouting in the Dark" | Al Jazeera english
2011: James Gandolfini
"Wartorn" | HBO
2010: Rebecca Cammisa
"Which Way Home" | HBO
2009: Carol Guzy
"Birth and Death" | The Washington Post
2008: Dana Priest & Anne Hull
"The Other Walter Reed" | The Washington Post
2007: Donald McNeil, Jr. & Celia W. Dugger
"Disease on the Brink" | The New York Times
2006: Karen O'connor & Miri Navasky
"New Asylums" | Frontline/WGBH
2005: Tracy Weber, Charles Ornstein, Mitchell Landsberg & Steve Hymon
"The Troubles at King/Drew" | The Los Angeles Times
2004: Rachel Dretzin, Barak Goodman & Muriel Soenens
"Failure to Protect" | Frontline
2003: Sonia Nazario & Don Bartletti
"A Boy Left Behind" | The Los Angeles Times
2002: Sari Horwitz, Scott Higham & Sarah Cohen
"The District's Lost Children" | The Washington Post
2001: Edward Pinder
"Master Teacher" | Nightline/ABC News
2000: Peter Finn
"Kosovo" | The Washington Post