The John Chancellor Award

The John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism, founded in 1995, is presented each year to a reporter with courage and integrity for cumulative professional accomplishments. The prize honors the legacy of pioneering television correspondent and longtime NBC News anchor John Chancellor.

About

The recipient of the $50,000 John Chancellor Award is selected each year by a distinguished panel of journalists who look across the media landscape to identify a reporter who may not be widely known by the public but who is highly respected within the profession for the caliber of his or her work.

The award was established in 1995 by Ira A. Lipman, founder of Guardsmark, LLC, one of the world's largest security service firms. Lipman provided a gift to Columbia University to support the John Chancellor Award for Excellence in Journalism and to fund scholarships at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. The Chancellor Scholarships provide significant financial aid to students who have the leadership qualities exemplified by John Chancellor.

Ira Lipman became a lifelong friend of John Chancellor after the two met in Little Rock, Ark. in 1957. Chancellor, the NBC News correspondent in Little Rock, was reporting on the desegregation struggle at Central High School, and Lipman became Chancellor’s trusted source. Shining a national spotlight on this gripping regional story, the quality of Chancellor’s informed and insightful reporting propelled him to national attention. He became an anchor of NBC’s Today program and an anchor and commentator for NBC Nightly News. Chancellor is best remembered for the depth of his reporting and his rare personal grace and civility. Lipman subsequently founded Guardsmark, LL.

The Chancellor Scholarships were awarded for the first time in August 2005, and are currently providing financial assistance for M.S. students. The criteria for scholarship assistance are financial need, academic achievement, and commitment to leadership in print or broadcast journalism.

How to Enter

We are no longer accepting nominations for the 2016 John Chancellor Award. The winner will be announced in September 2016. Nominations for the 2017 John Chancellor Award will open in March 2017.

To be entered for consideration, journalists must be nominated. The nominator will need to fill out the Chancellor Application form. This form will be available in March 2017.

For print nominations: a pdf file with legible pages of the nomination material is recommended. For broadcast nominations: a list of working permanent links to programming is recommended.

Required Supporting Materials:

  • A nominating letter by someone other than the journalist that includes a brief summary of journalistic accomplishments. The Chancellor Board looks for sustained journalistic accomplishments over time, where the journalist’s reporting as a whole is greater than any single story he or she may have covered. Please explain the impact of the reporting.
  • Nominations may have up to three letters of support.
  • Resumé or CV, including any major awards received.
  • Provide 5­-10 examples of the person's best work:

Newspaper/Magazine Nominee: 5­-10 significant newspaper or magazine stories by the nominee. Please link to stories or include PDFs. If sending PDFs please include articles in the original layout, if possible. Photocopies of PDFs must be easy to read.

Broadcast/TV or Radio Nominee: 5­-10 significant broadcast stories by the nominee. TV and radio stories should be submitted just as they aired, without reediting. Contact the Chancellor Award office for coverage of breaking news stories, if applicable. Please provide links to stories.

This award is intended for a journalist whose principal audience is in the U.S. If the original reporting is in a language other than English, transcripts or subtitles in English must be provided.

Nominate

Recent and Past Winners

See current and past winners:

Year

Honoree

Title

Organization

Notable Work

2015

Alissa J. Rubin

Paris bureau chief

The New York Times

Afghan Policewomen Struggle Against Culture,” “On a Helicopter, Going Down: Inside a Lethal Crash in Iraq,”  “Afghan Rape Case Turns Focus on Local Police,” “How Baida Wanted to Die,” “In a Cold Room, Memories of a Life of Flowers.”

2014

Martin Smith

Writer, producer, correspondent

FRONTLINE, RAIN Media

Money, Power & Wall Street,” “Obama’s War,” “Heat,” “Return of the Taliban,” “The Storm,” “Truth, War & Consequences

2013

Richard Engel

Chief foreign correspondent

NBC News

Inside North Korea,” “Arab Spring - Egypt,” “War Zone Diary, "I can't keep this up much longer," “Syrian refugees look to America for help,” “Interivew with President George W. Bush (2008),” “Richard Engel rides with combat troops leaving Iraq

2012

Maria Hinojosa

News anchor and reporter

PBS, NPR and CNN

"America By the Numbers," "Frontline, Lost In Detention," "The Bronx River," "Who's Helping Our Wounded Vets?"

2011

David Evans

Senior writer

Bloomberg Markets

“Duping the Families of Fallen Soldiers,” “The Hidden Pension Fiasco,” “The Ratings Charade,” “How Test Companies Fail Your Kids,” “Big Pharma’s Shameful Secret”

2010

Robert Siegel

Host

NPR’s All Things Considered

Michael Chertoff Defends Rescue Efforts in New Orleans,” “Troy & Tovan,” “Childhood on Trial,” “Covering the Chengdu Earthquake

2009

Ken Armstrong

Investigative reporter

The Seattle Times

"Failure of the Death Penalty in Illinois," "Trial & Error," "Victory and Ruins," "School district ignored warnings, then silenced girls fondled by teacher"

2008

Jane Mayer

Staff Writer

The New Yorker

 
2008

Andrew C. Revkin

Science Correspondent

The New York TImes

 

2007

Ofra Bikel

Producer

FRONTLINE

The Case for Innocence,” “An Ordinary Crime,” “The O.J. Verdict,” “Requiem for Frank Lee Smith” “Saving Elian,” “The Unexpected Candidate

2006

Henry Weinstein

Reporter

Los Angeles Times

Democracy Now,” “Bay Area Indy Media,” “TruthDig,” “LA Observed,” “Take Back the Times,” “LA Times story on Henry Weinstein,” “CJR Daily ‘Henry Weinstein On What Great Journalism Can and Cannot Do’”

2005

Jerry Mitchell

Investigative Reporter

The Clarion-Ledger

Jerry Mitchell interview on NPR’s Fresh Air,” “View Video of Award Ceremony

2004

Linda Greenhouse

Reporter

The New York Times

2003

Mary McGrory

Reporter

Washington Post

2002

Jim Wooten

Senior Correspondent

ABC News

2000

John Herbers

Washington correspondent (Ret.)

The New York Times

2000

Claude Sitton

Editor (Ret.)

The News & Observer

1999

Paul Duke

Moderator (Ret.), “Washington Week in Review”

PBS

1998

John Kifner

Senior foreign correspondent

The New York Times

1997

Wilson F. “Bill” Minor

Correspondent

The Times-Picayune

 

 

Selection Committee

See judges:

Mary Chancellor Chancellor Family  
Steve Coll Dean & Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism
 
Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Hank Klibanoff Director of the Journalism Program, James M. Cox Jr. Professor Emory University
Nicholas Lemann Joseph Pulitzer II and Edith Pulitzer Moore Professor of Journalism; Dean Emeritus Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
Ira A. Lipman Founder John Chancellor Award
Guardsmark, LLC
Michele Norris Former Host, "All Things Considered" National Public Radio
Lynn Sherr Former Correspondent ABC News
Bill Wheatley Former Executive Vice President NBC News
Mark Whitaker Former news executive CNN, NBC News, and Newsweek
 

 

Contact

John Chancellor Award
Caroline Martinet, Program Manager
2950 Broadway MC3805
New York, NY 10027
Phone: 212-­854-­6468
Fax: 212­-854­-3148
cm3443@columbia.edu

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