Now accepting entries for 2019 Toner Prize | Enter Here

Entries for the $5,000 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting for 2018 coverage are now being accepted by the Robin Toner Program in Political Reporting at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications of Syracuse University.

The Toner Prize goes to the best U.S. national or local political reporting on any platform – print, broadcast or online. Entries must be fact-based reporting, not commentary.  Single articles, series or a body of work are eligible. Each entry is limited to five stories. A news organization may enter more than one reporter or team. But the same reporter or team cannot be entered more than once. Reporters may enter their own work, up to five stories for the entry. A reporter cannot enter more than once.

The work must have been reported and published, posted or broadcast between Jan. 1, 2018, and Dec. 31, 2018. Books are ineligible. If your entry is behind a paywall, please give us a way to make the coverage accessible for free to the judges—or contact contest administrator Charlotte Grimes at for help. 

Entries will be judged on how well they reflect the high standards and depth of reporting that marked Robin Toner’s work. In particular, the judges will look for how well the entries:

  • Illuminate the electoral process or
  • Reveal the politics of policy and
  • Engage the public in democracy.

The Toner Prize honors 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. In her journalism career, Toner spent nearly 25 years with The New York Times, covering five presidential campaigns, scores of congressional and gubernatorial races and many of the country’s major political and policy issues. Toner died in December 2008.

For more information, contact Charlotte Grimes at