Celebrating the
Toner Program's 10th Year!

To mark this milestone, we’re expanding and refining the Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting. Starting with this 2020 contest, we will award two Toner Prizes – one for national political reporting and one for local political reporting. Each Toner Prize carries a $5,000 honorarium.

With the 2020 elections already underway, we also are refining our criteria to emphasize the frequent, regular reporting on campaigns, candidates and elections that was Robin Toner’s special passion. The Prizes will not be limited to near-daily campaign coverage. But judges will give extra weight to it.

"Political reporting that is clear-eyed and insightful, putting facts and understanding above all, is more important than ever. Robin Toner exemplified these ideals, and this prize has recognized a new generation of reporters striving to follow her example."

Molly Ball, TIME magazine
Recipient of the 2013 Toner Prize

"In a lot of ways the last couple of years have been a real testament to the importance and the power of political journalism. It's my hope that when we eventually emerge from the other side of this, the institution of journalism will be strengthened rather than weakened."

Jason Zengerle, The New York Times Magazine and GQ
Recipient of the 2019 Toner Prize

"A reporter's reporter who deeply cared about the people and the issues she covered."

Sen. Edward M. Kennedy