Winners of the 2020 RFK Book and Journalism Awards
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New York (June 4, 2020)—Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights announced the winners of its 2020 RFK Book and Journalism Awards on Thursday in a virtual ceremony featuring special guest presenters, including Katie Couric, David Remnick, Don Lemon, Soledad O’Brien, Natalie Morales, Rory Kennedy, Van Jones, and Jane Mayer.
This year’s RFK Book Award went to “Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland,” by Jonathan Metzl. The book offers an enlightening exploration of white identity politics and how the policies pitched to working-class white voters, promising to make white America “great again,” are actually making their lives sicker, harder, and shorter as a result.
The 2020 journalism honorees—selected from over 325 entries in 13 categories—represented outstanding reporting from the past year, highlighting issues of concern to Robert Kenn