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Freedom of the Press Awards

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press recognizes journalism and media law leaders at its annual Freedom of the Press Awards celebration.


Click here to watch the vibrant and engaging virtual celebration of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press’ 50th anniversary and the 2021 Freedom of the Press Awards!

Freedom of the Press Award Winners

J. Scott Applewhite, Photojournalist, The Associated Press
Theodore J. Boutrous, Jr., Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Julie K. Brown, Investigative Reporter, Miami Herald
Amal Clooney, Co-Founder and President, Clooney Foundation for Justice
Jane Mayer, Staff Writer and Chief Washington Correspondent, The New Yorker

Rising Star Award

Laura Moscoso, Data Journalist, Centro de Periodismo Investigativo

Fred Graham Distinguished Service Award

Tony Mauro, Contributor at ALM Media Properties, LLC
Saundra Torry, Retired Member of USA TODAY’S Editorial Board

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Previous Honorees


David G. Bradley, Atlantic Media
John Carreyrou, The Wall Street Journal
Andrea Mitchell, NBC News
April Ryan, American Urban Radio Networks and CNN
City Bureau Founders Harry Backlund, Andrea Hart, Bettina Chang, and Darryl Holliday, Rising Star Award


Dean Baquet, The New York Times
Robert Siegel, NPR
Lynn Novick, Florentine Films
Nabiha Syed, BuzzFeed News, Inaugural Rising Star Award


Martin Baron, The Washington Post
Kathleen Carroll, The Associated Press
Paul Steiger, ProPublica
The Media & First Amendment practice of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP


Tom Brokaw, NBC News, presented with the Fred Graham Distinguished Service Award
Eve Burton and the Office of General Counsel, Hearst
Alberto Ibargüen and Eric Newton, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The Freedom of the Press Awards were annualized in 2016. 


Sharon Percy Rockefeller, WETA
Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald
Bruce Sanford, BakerHostetler
Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr., The New York Times


Fred Graham, Reporters Committee Founding Member, honored with the first Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Distinguished Service Award
Josh Gerstein, Politico
Brian Lamb, C-SPAN Networks
Barbara Wall, Gannett Co. Inc.


Carl Bernstein, author
Lesley Stahl, CBS News, “60 Minutes”
Kurt Wimmer, Covington & Burling LLP
Bob Woodward, The Washington Post


Tom Curley, The Associated Press
Mark Goodman, Student Press Law Center
Colbert I. King, The Washington Post
Nina Totenberg, National Public Radio
Special Recognition: Charles Overby, The Freedom Forum/Newseum


Floyd Abrams, Cahill, Gordon & Reindel
Molly Ivins, Syndicated Columnist
Mike Wallace, CBS News, “60 Minutes”
Special Recognition: Hodding Carter, The Knight Foundation


Katharine Graham, The Washington Post


Jack Nelson, Los Angeles Times


Herb Block, The Washington Post
Ben Bradlee, The Washington Post
John Chancellor, NBC News
A.M. Rosenthal, The New York Times