The Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize

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Overview

Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting

Each year, contest judges select one piece of coverage from among the first prize winners as the recipient of EWA's top prize, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. Named for the late New York Times education editor Fred M. Hechinger, the award includes a cash prize of $10,000.

View the list of previous Hechinger Grand Prize winners.

Each year, contest judges select one piece of coverage from among the first prize winners as the recipient of EWA’s top prize, the Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. Named for the late New York Times education editor Fred M. Hechinger, the award includes a cash prize of $10,000.

View the list of previous Hechinger Grand Prize winners.

Information

2018 Award Categories

The Education Writers Association adjusted the awards categories for 2018 to account for changes in the ways journalists present their work and to emphasize the benefit that investigative and explanatory journalism offers communities.

Among the most important changes: a broadening of the standard categories to include journalism in any media. Now the News, Feature, Beat, Public Service and Eddie categories will accept entries of any and all media types. And the new Audio and Visual categories will accept entries from any independent news outlet.

Announcement

Call for Education Journalism Awards Entries
National Awards for Education Reporting offer $10,000 top prize

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce the launch of the 2018 National Awards for Education Reporting. Journalists may submit entries from 9 a.m. EST Nov. 15 through midnight PST Dec. 15, 2018.

Professional journalists who have published work in 2018 on any educational topic in any medium are encouraged to enter the contest, which features a total of 19 prizes with cash awards ranging from $1,000 to $10,000.

Awards

2016 National Winners for the Hechinger, Moskowitz, Eddie Awards in Education Reporting

The Education Writers Association is delighted to honor “Denied: How Texas Keeps Tens of Thousands of Children Out of Special Education,” an investigative series from the Houston Chronicle, with the top prize in the 2016 National Awards for Education Reporting. This year’s Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting will go to the reporter behind the series – Brian Rosenthal.

Announcement

EWA Announces Winners of Top Education Reporting Prizes

Cara Fitzpatrick and Lisa Gartner, education reporters for the Tampa Bay Times, with Caroline Hendrie, executive director for EWA (Photo credit: Lili Boxer for EWA)

The Education Writers Association is pleased to announce that “Failure Factories,” an investigative series from the Tampa Bay Times, has won the top prize in the National Awards for Education Reporting. This year’s Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting will go to three writers of the series – Cara Fitzpatrick, Lisa Gartner and Michael LaForgia.

Awards

Recipients of the EWA Fred M. Hechinger Grand Prize for Distinguished Education Reporting. 
1972–2017

  • John Matthews, Washington Star (1972)

  • William Grant, Detroit Free Press (1973)

  • James Nolan and Linda Stahl, Louisville Courier-Journal (1974)

  • Jonathan Neumann, Daily Hampshire Gazette, Northampton, Mass. (1975)

  • James Worsham and Marguerite Del Guidice, Boston Globe (1976)

  • Lou Antosh, Philadelphia Bulletin (1977)

  • Stanley Moulton and Laurel Sorenson, Daily Hampshire Gazette (1978)