Awards & Honors


Schuster Institute Founding Director Florence Graves was named the new chair of the I.F. Stone Medal selection committee. This committee chooses the winner of the I.F. Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, an award presented annually by the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and its Nieman Watchdog Project. Read more here.


James Verini was awarded the 2015 National Magazine Award for his work on "Love and Ruin"

Philip Martin's "Rationalizing the Deaths of Unarmed Black Men: From Ferguson to Boston" was a finalist for the 2015 Media for Just Society Award.

Judy Foreman was honored with the National Association of Science Writers Science in Society Award for her book "A Nation in Pain: Healing Our Biggest Health Problems".

E. J. Graff received the Journalism & Women Symposium Next Step Fellowship.

Maryn McKenna was invited to give a Ted Talk in Vancouver, Canada in March 2015. Her talk, "What do we do when antibiotics don't work anymore?" has garnered 1.2 million views and counting.


Florence Graves' 1992 article reporting on Sen. Bob Packwood's sexual misconduct was selected as one of the 10 noteworthy moments in U.S. investigative journalism in the Brookings Essay on Oct. 20, 2014.

Maryn McKenna was honored as a 2014 APUA Leadership Award from the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics.

Michael Blanding's new book "The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps" was named as one of NPR's 2014 Good Reads. "The Map Thief" was also a Finalist for The Chautauqua Prize in 2014.

Karen Coates and Jerry Redfern's new book "This Way More Better" received the 2014 Best Travel Book Award and Best Nonfiction Award in the New Mexico-Arizona Book Awards. Their book “Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos,” was a finalist for three prestigious prizes: the Eric Hoffer Book Award, the Montaigne Medal, and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Book Award.

The Schuster Institute has received a 2014 Clarion Award for its article "Indonesia's Palm Oil Industry Rife with Human Rights Abuses," July 22, 2013, Bloomberg Businessweek, in the category of Magazines - Feature Article, External Publication - Circulation of 500,000 or more - Current News. 

The Schuster Institute was also awarded the 2014 Clarion Award for its work on "Underground Trade: From Bangkok to Boston".

James Verini won the George Polk Award for his article "Should the United Nations Wage War to Keep Peace?"

Tracie McMillian was awared the prestigious Koeppel Journalism Fellowship in 2014 to teach a course, "Writing (And Arguing) About Inequality: How to Make Your Case."

Erin Siegal McIntyre was named "Freelancer of the Year" by the Guild Freelancers and received three 1st place awards in 2014 for her reporting on immigration.

Madeline Drexler has been honored with a Grand Gold Award for Best Article of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Her article, "Guns & Suicide: The Hidden Toll," (Spring 2013, Harvard Public Health), was selected out of 75 entries.

Phillip Martin, WGBH Boston Public Radio, the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and the International Center for Journalists received a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Investigative Series for WGBH's eight-part radio broadcast "Underground Trade: From Boston to Bangkok," an exploration of human trafficking between Southeast Asia and New England. The series was also selected for a regional award. 


Phillip Martin, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow and Senior Investigative Reporter at WGBH Boston Public Radio has been honored for his reporting of "Underground Trade: From Boston to Bangkok," which received a Gold Radio Winner Award for Best Investigative Report and an UNDPI Gold, also for Best Investigative Report.

The American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) has given their 2013 June Roth Memorial Book Award to Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Maryn McKenna for her book "Superbug."

Tracie McMillan, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow, has received a 2013 Hillman Prize for Book Journalism for her book "The American Way of Eating."

"Tijuana Greyhounds Find New Lives North of the Border" by Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Erin Siegal and co-author Eros Hoagland has received a W3 Gold Award for Web Video in the Public Service category.

"The American Way of Eating" by Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Tracie McMillan has been selected as a 2013 Books for Better Life Award in the green category.

Checking in at #4 on Project Censored’s 2013 Top Ten List of Censored Stories (those that mainstream media doesn't get around to telling) is Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Trevor Aaronson’s reporting on the FBI’s involvement in domestic terrorist plots. 

Standing in with Martha Stewart & Whole Living’s 8 Food Visionaries is Schuster Institute Senior Fellow Tracie McMillan, author of "The American Way of Eating."


The National Women's Political Caucus has awarded a 2012 Exceptional Merit in Media Awards (EMMA) to Jan Goodwin, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow, for her 2010 investigative Good Housekeeping article, "The VA Healthcare System's Dishonorable Conduct."

The Association for Women in Communications awarded Schuster Institute fellows and staff with three 2012 Clarion Awards for investigative reporting. 

  • "Failing the DNA Test," Assistant Director Lindsay Markel and Senior Fellow Michael Blanding
  • "Why Your Food Isn't Safe," Senior Fellow Madeline Drexler
  • "The Red Market: On the Trail of the World's Organ Brokers, Bone Thieves, Blood Farmers, and Child Traffickers," Senior Fellow Scott Carney 

The Society of Environmental Journalists awarded Senior Fellow Jerry Redfern with First Place in Outstanding Photography for photos illustrating how people in Laos live with unexploded bombs dropped in their country during the Vietnam War.

The Journalism Center on Children and Families honored Senior Fellow Hella Winston with a Casey Medal Honorable Mention for her series on “Child Sexual Abuse in the Ultra-Orthodox Community” published by The New York Jewish Week.

The American Jewish Press Association awarded Senior Fellow Hella Winston first place in the category of Excellence in News Reporting for “In Lakewood Abuse Cases: A Parallel System of Justice,” and second place for “Tragedy in Borough Park Puts Shomrim Under Scrutiny.” Both pieces were published by The New York Jewish Week.  

Schuster Institute Senior Fellows have received prestigious fellowships to report on social justice issues:

Schuster Fellow Rebekah Cowell received a Sigma Delta Chi Award in the Newspaper Investigative Reporting (Non-Daily) category for "The Waste Land," "Living on the Edge," and  "Digging Deeper," a series that investigates the municipal policies of situating dump sites near African-American and Latino neighborhoods in North Carolina.

Schuster Senior Fellow Madeline Drexler received a Sigma Delta Chi Award for Public Service in Magazine Journalism for her article "Why Your Food Isn't Safe." Drexler investigated food safety policy in America, foodborne illness, and proposed solutions for improving public health.


Schuster Fellow Erin Siegal has received the following honors for her book "Finding Fernanda": 

  • 2011 Robert Spiers Benjamin Award Citation for best reporting in any medium on Latin America from the Overseas Press Club of America
  • 2011 James Madison Award from the Society of Professional Journalists, Northern California
  • 2011 Gold IPPY Award in the category of Current Events II (Social Issues / Public Affairs / Ecological / Humanitarian)

Jan Goodwin, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow, received two 2011 Clarion Awards for her investigative articles

E. Benjamin Skinner, Schuster Institute Senior Fellow, was honored as a 2011 Young Global Leaders by the World Economic Forum.


Jan Goodwin's "Broken Promises,"  won a 2010 James Aronson Award for Social Justice Journalism.

E. Benjamin Skinner's "The Adoption Underworld," Jan. 11, 2009, Washington Post, won a 2010 Clarion Award.


"The Lie We Love," Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008:


"The Lie We Love," Foreign Policy magazine, Nov./Dec. 2008:

2008 Special Honor for Excellence in Reporting on the Media from The Council on Contemporary Families, "The Opt-Out Myth," published in Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 2007. 


2007 Clarion Award, first place in the category for best newspaper feature, "First Things First," published in The Boston Sunday Globe, June 24, 2007.

2007 Clarion Award, first place in the category for best magazine feature, "The Opt-Out Myth," published in Columbia Journalism Review, March/April 2007.

2007 Cushing Niles Dolbeare Media Award in the category of daily newspaper single story for "First Things First," published in The Boston Sunday Globe, June 24, 2007.


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