Gallery of the 2014 Robin Toner ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Vice President Joe Biden poses with students at the annual ceremony to award the Toner Prize  for Excellence in Political Reporting. Biden, a 1968 graduate of SU’s law school, gave the keynote speech in Washington, D.C.

Vice President Joe Biden poses with students at the annual ceremony to award the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. Biden, a 1968 graduate of SU’s law school, gave the keynote speech in Washington, D.C.

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Toner Prize Goes to Tumulty of Washington Post

Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post is the winner of the 2013 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.

tumultyheadshotThe $5,000 Toner Prize honors the late Robin Toner, a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University with dual degrees in journalism and political science. She was the first woman to be national political correspondent of The New York Times. The Prize is sponsored by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

The Prize recipient and an honorable mention honoree were announced at a celebration in Washington, D.C., on March 24. YouTube Preview Image

 

Newly named SU Chancellor Kent Syverud praised the Toner Prize honorees’ work. It “highlights the critical need for dedicated journalists who understand the role of an independent and free press, and fulfill that role with integrity and a passion for the truth,” Syverud said in his prepared remarks.

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Karen Tumulty Bio

Karen Tumulty is national political correspondent for The Washington Post. She joined the Post in 2010 from TIME Magazine, where she had held the same title. During her 15 tumultyheadshotyears at TIME, Tumulty wrote or co-wrote more than three dozen cover stories. She also held positions with TIME as congressional correspondent and White House correspondent. Before joining TIME in 1994, Tumulty spent 14 years at the Los Angeles Times. At the LA Times, she reported on Congress, business, energy and economics out of Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C. Tumulty is a native of San Antonio, Texas, where she began her career at the now-defunct San Antonio Light. Tumulty holds a Bachelor of Journalism, with high honors, from the University of Texas-Austin and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She is married to Paul Richter, who covers the State Department for the Los Angeles Times. They have two sons, Nicholas and Jack.

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Jennifer Davidson Bio

Jennifer Davidson works as a reporter and producer at the NPR station for the Ozarks region in southern Missouri, KSMU Radio. She also files stories from rural America for NPR.  She spent five years as a freelance journalist in the Persian Gulf, reporting for NPR Jennifer Davidson 2014and field producing for CNN International’s program “Inside the Middle East.” During that time, she also worked as a features reporter for the Middle East’s largest daily newspaper, The Gulf News, reporting on the humanitarian effects of the War in Iraq, and corresponded from the Hajj pilgrimage in Mecca.  She studied abroad at the American University in Cairo, and speaks Gulf and Egyptian Arabic. She graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. Today, she reports on how state and national politics uniquely affect rural Americans; this includes health care policy, elections, ethics in government and the justice system. She’s married to her high school sweetheart, Richard, and is based in her rural hometown of West Plains, Missouri. She reports from one of the poorest Congressional districts in the country, and tries to engage listeners in the political process through her stories. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, playing the piano and banjo, volunteering, and kayaking on the Ozarks rivers.

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Kaiser Family Foundation announces Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow

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Entries Closed for Toner Prize

Entries are no longer being accepted for the Toner Prize for 2013 coverage.

Thanks very much to everyone who entered.

Last call was Tuesday, Jan. 21.  The Toner Prize has a $5,000 award. It honors Robin Toner, the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times. There’s no entry fee. Stories can be on any platform. They can be local or national, about campaigns and elections or about the politics of public policy. Entries are done quickly and easily online. The winner will be announced in March, 2014.

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Deadline Extended to Enter for Toner Prize for 2013 Political Reporting

Deadline for entries for the  $5,000 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting for 2013 coverage has been extended to Jan. 21, 2014.

The Toner Prize recognizes outstanding political reporting in a tribute to Robin Toner, the late national political correspondent for The New York Times and a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University with dual degrees in journalism and political science.  The prize is administered by the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

Deadline for entries is Jan. 21, 2014, by midnight. Entries should be submitted online at Toner Prize entry form. Or click on Toner Prize ad on the right sidebar.

“We’re delighted to celebrate democracy and good journalism with the Toner Prize,” said Charlotte Grimes, the Knight Chair in Political Reporting and administrator of The Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting. “This will be our fourth year of awarding the prize and we look forward to again honoring the kind of extraordinary reporting that was a hallmark of the work of Robin Toner.”

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Robin Toner recalled in Politico Series on Extraordinary Women

In a special Politico series called “Women Rule,” the special talents and strong character of Robin Toner are vividly recalled by Stephanie Cutter, a prominent Democratic political consultant, deputy campaign manager for President Obama’s re-election and co-host of CNN’s “Crossfire.”

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2012-13 Robin Toner Program Award Ceremony

The dinner and award ceremony was held March 28, 2013, in Washington, D.C. The 2012 Robin Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting went to Molly Ball of The Atlantic.

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Gallery of the 2012 Toner Prize ceremony

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Molly Ball of The Atlantic wins 2012 Toner Prize

Molly Ball of The Atlantic is the winner of the 2012 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting.

Molly Ball is a staff writer covering national politics at The Atlantic.

Molly Ball

Ball won for her in-depth reporting on the 2012 election, including coverage of the presidential candidates and the campaign around gay-marriage referenda in four states. Her entry of five stories, submitted as examples of her work through the election year, “tells how America changed fundamentally last November,” as one judge described Ball’s work.

“Ms. Ball’s coverage is a superb example of journalism that helps us understand our electoral process and illuminates the people and policies that shape us as a nation,” said Lorraine Branham, dean of the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, which sponsors the prize, at Syracuse University. “This is reporting with the engaging detail and informed insights that were hallmarks of Robin Toner’s outstanding work.”

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2012 Toner Prize Honorable Mention for ProPublica

 “Campaign 2012: Revealing Dark Money”

From the Judges: This is first-rate investigative journalism, and in the wake of Citizens United, it is exactly what a news organization with the resources of ProPublica should be doing.”

The Stories: From ProPublica’s submission: “In his ruling in Citizens United, Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote that the possible corrupting effects of unlimited political contributions from corporations and unions would be erased by ‘transparency,’  enabling ‘the electorate to make informed decisions and give proper weight to different speakers and messages.’

In its coverage of Campaign 2012, ProPublica set out to test that proposition and found that Kennedy failed to anticipate the hundreds of millions of dollars in secret donations coursing into elections through so-called social welfare nonprofits.

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2012 Toner Prize Honorable Mention for The Wall Street Journal

“Swing Nation”

From the judges: The Wall Street Journal series is the year’s best example of door-to-door political reporting, letting the voters speak about issues and personalities, fears and hopes.”

The Stories: From Gerald F. Seib, Washington Bureau chief: “The inspiration was simple: To chronicle the forces that would mold the 2012 presidential election through the window of three key counties in three swing states.

To give the series proper scope and depth, The Wall Street Journal political team picked divergent counties in three very different states, and then returned to them again and again: Hamilton County in southwestern Ohio; Arapahoe County just outside Denver, Colorado; and Volusia County along Florida’s northern Atlantic Coast. All three counties were seen as pivotal bellwethers among politicos within their state, and all had played a role in tipping their states toward Barack Obama in 2008.

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2012 Toner Prize to Molly Ball of The Atlantic

From the judges: “Ms. Ball's reporting on the 2012 presidential campaign was the most impressive I have read all year.  She wrote with compelling authority and reported with her eyes ears and feet.  She deftly made herself a surrogate for her readers in each of her stories.”

The Stories: From Garance Franke-Ruta, Senior Editor & Politics Channel Editor, The Atlantic: “I believe these stories, taken from a year’s worth of her online campaign coverage, demonstrate, in their breadth and range, depth and detail, the high standards and originality of vision shown by the late Robin Toner.

When I first met Molly in 2011, she described herself as “a completist.” Her natural instinct for thoroughness in reporting and writing gave her stories a tucked in quality unusual in the helter-skelter world of online media. It’s an instinct has made her stories stand out over the past year in a noisy and highly competitive news environment, and also helped these stories stand the test of time.

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Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to be Keynote Speaker for Toner Prize Ceremony

The nation’s top health official – Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius – will be the keynote speaker at the award ceremony for the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting on March 28 in Washington, D.C.

The Toner Prize honors the life and work of the late Robin Toner, the first woman to be national political correspondent for The New York Times.

“Secretary Sebelius brings a particular richness to this celebration, because Robin’s twin journalistic passions were health care policies and politics,” said Lorraine Branham, dean of the S. I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University. Toner was an alumna of the Newhouse School.  “It’s an honor to have as our speaker a woman of such great achievement as Secretary Sebelius. This makes certain that our celebration will capture Robin’s spirit.”

This is the third year of the national competition to award the Toner Prize. The prize carries a $5,000 award. This year’s winner will be announced at the ceremony on March 28 in Washington, D.C. Past winners were Craig Harris of The Arizona Republic and Jane Mayer of The New Yorker.

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Deadline to submit entries for the Toner Prize has passed

Entries for the $5,000 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting for 2012 are now being accepted by the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.

The Toner Prize recognizes outstanding political reporting in a tribute to Robin Toner, the late national political correspondent for The New York Times and a summa cum laude graduate of Syracuse University with dual degrees in journalism and political science.

Deadline for entries is Jan. 20, 2013.

“The 2012 coverage of elections gives a special significance for the Toner Prize this year,” said Charlotte Grimes, the Knight Chair in Political Reporting and the administrator of the Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting. “Giving voters solid, insightful and factual information to make informed decisions is the core mission of political reporting – and a hallmark of the work of Robin Toner.”

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