The Columbia Journalism Award

The school's highest honor. The award was established in 1958 and is presented each year at commencement.

The Columbia Journalism Award is given in recognition of exceptional journalistic performance and voted by the faculty “for singular journalistic performance in the public interest.” It is presented annually to someone of overarching accomplishment and distinguished service to journalism.

Winners

2016 ‐ Lyse Doucet

2015 ‐ Nina Totenberg

2014 ‐ Alan Rusbridger

2013 ‐ Errol Morris

2012 ‐ Katherine Boo

2011 ‐ Al Jazeera English

2010 ‐ Gail Collins

2009 ‐ Alejandro Junco de la Vega

2008 ‐ Terry Gross

2007 ‐ Ben Bradlee

2006 ‐ Jim Amoss

2005 ‐ David Halberstam

2004 ‐ David Fanning

2003 ‐ Seymour Hersh

2002 ‐ Paul Steiger

2001 ‐ Joe Lelyveld

2000 ‐ Pete Hamill

1999 ‐ Joan Didion

1998 ‐ Carl Rowan

1997 ‐ Walter Cronkite

1996 ‐ Gene Roberts

1995 ‐ Charles Kuralt

1994 ‐ David Laventhol

1993 ‐ The MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour

1992 ‐ Arthur Ochs Sulzberger

1991 ‐ Peter Arnett

1990 ‐ Robert C. Maynard

1989 ‐ Neil Sheehan

1988 ‐ Louis D. Boccardi

1987 ‐ The Honorable John E. Moss

1986 ‐ William L. Shirer

1985 ‐ Helen Thomas

1984 ‐ Frank McCulloch

1983 ‐ Morton Mintz

1982 ‐ Edward Barrett

1981 ‐ Walter E. (Red) Smith

1980 ‐ Tom Wolfe

1979 ‐ Theodore H. White

1978 ‐ Charles Peters

1977 ‐ Pamela Mendels

1976 ‐ A.H. Raskin

1975 ‐ William Shawn

1974 ‐ John H. Johnson

1973 ‐ Katharine Graham

1972 ‐ Neil Sheehan

1971 ‐ I.F. Stone

1967 ‐ Edgar B. Stern, Jr.

1964 ‐ Fred Friendly

1963 ‐ Citation to Theodore Kheel

1962 ‐ Erwin Canham

1961 ‐ Bernard Kilgore

1960 ‐ Mark Ethridge

1959 ‐ Arthur Hays Sulzberger

1958 ‐ J.N. Heiskell