|Purpose||Created to celebrate the life and work of Syracuse University alumna Robin Toner, the acclaimed late New York Times political correspondent.|
The Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting was established in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 2009 to celebrate the life and work of Robin Toner, the acclaimed late New York Times political correspondent.
The program includes the annual Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting and Toner Prize Celebration. The award, which includes $5,000, is presented at an annual ceremony that features a distinguished speaker. In 2016, then-President Barack Obama delivered the keynote address.
Entries will be judged on how well they reflect the high standards and depth of reporting that marked Toner's work. In particular, the judges will 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.
|Year||Recipient||News Organization(s)||Description of Entry|
|2011||Craig Harris||Arizona Republic||for an 8-part series on Arizona's broken and expensive public pension plan.|
|2012||Jane Mayer||The New Yorker||for an in-depth look, titled State for Sale, at the effects on North Carolina of Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission .|
|2013||Molly Ball||The Atlantic||for her in-depth reporting on the 2012 election.|
|2014||Karen Tumulty||The Washington Post||for her reporting on politicians, such as Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, as well as her in-depth look at the political landscape in West Virginia.|
|2015||Dan Balz||The Washington Post||for a series of political profiles that illuminated the partisan divide in Washington.|
|2016||Alec MacGillis||ProPublica||for a collection of stories on issues in politics and governance.|
|2017||David Fahrenthold||The Washington Post||for “A Portrait of Donald Trump,” a series of articles highlighting his yearlong reporting on Trump.|
|2018||Team from The Washington Post||The Washington Post||for its coverage of candidate Roy Moore and the 2017 Alabama Senate race, which uncovered a pattern of sexual misconduct by Moore.|
|2019||Jason Zengerle||The New York Times Magazine , GQ||for his reporting on the effects of Trump presidency on the House Intelligence Committee.|
|2020||Team from The Boston Globe||The Boston Globe||for the 2019 Back to the Battleground series in which the eight-member team of Globe reporters covered four key battleground states that helped decide the 2016 presidential election.|
|2009||Panel||Gwen Ifill (PBS), Richard Berke ( The New York Times ), Dan Balz ( The Washington Post ), Jackie Calmes ( The New York Times ), Beth Frerking ( Politico ), and Adam Nagourney ( The New York Times )|
|2011||Conversation||Merilyn Serafini (Kaiser Health News)|
|2012||Panel|| Jane Mayer ( The New Yorker ), Peggy Simpson ( Women’s Media Center ), Lynette Clemetson ( NPR ), |
and Kristin Carlson (WCAX-TV)
|2013||Keynote||Kathleen Sebelius, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services|
|2014||Keynote||Joseph Biden, Vice President of the United States|
|2015||Keynote||Hillary Rodham Clinton, U.S. Secretary of State|
|2016||Keynote||Barack Obama, President of the United States|
|2017||Keynote||John Kasich, Governor of Ohio|
|2018||Keynote||Mark Warner, U.S. Senator from Virginia|
|2019||Keynote||Larry Hogan, Governor of Maryland|
|2020||-||No ceremony due to COVID-19 pandemic|
|2021||Keynote||Cory Booker, U.S. Senator from New Jersey|
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