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Scripps Howard Awards

Honoring the best of American Journalism

The Scripps Howard Awards are one of the nation’s most prestigious American journalism competitions, offering $170,000 in prize money in 15 categories.

With a focus on high-impact reporting, the awards recognize journalism that spurs action, news organizations that go the extra mile to expose previously undisclosed or misunderstood information and journalists who embrace new tools, channels, technologies and approaches to provide more immersive experiences for their audiences.

The Scripps Howard Awards honor work from television stations, networks, radio and podcasts, visual media, online media outlets, independent producers, newspapers and print publications.

Watch the 69th Scripps Howard Awards


Inequality, misinformation and holding the powerful accountable are common themes in the journalism produced by the finalists for the 69th Scripps Howard Awards. This year, viewers will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the work of journalists whose relentless reporting exposed previously undisclosed or misunderstood information.


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Read about the 2021 finalists. 


The entry deadline for the 2021 Scripps Howard Awards has passed. Scripps Howard Award finalists will be announced in May. Winners will be announced during an awards show broadcast on June 12 on Newsy.


The Scripps Howard Awards have been celebrating the best in American journalism for 68 years, with past winners representing some of the most important journalism of recent times. Recent Scripps Howard Award winners include The New York Times, Vice News, San Francisco Chronicle, NPR, The Washington Post and The Kansas City Star. The 2020 Impact Award, chosen from the winners across all categories, went to the The New York Times Visual Investigations Team for the broad impact its work had on the national consciousness and conversation about systemic racism. The team’s investigative work led to police reforms, influenced court cases and enhanced public understanding of the incidents that prompted outrage and demonstrations across the United States.