Hillman Prizes

Hillman Prize Judges

Ta-Nehisi CoatesTa-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He won the 2013 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism. He is the author of memoirs The Beautiful Struggle and Between the World and Mewinner of the 2015 National Book Award for nonfiction. He is a 2015 MacArthur fellow.

Jelani CobbJelani Cobb has been contributing to The New Yorker and newyorker.com since 2013, and became a staff writer in 2015. He writes frequently about race, politics, history, and culture. His most recent book is “The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.” He now teaches at the Columbia Journalism School. He won the 2015 Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism for his columns on race, the police, and injustice.

Alix FreedmanAlix Freedman is the Global Editor, Ethics and Standards for Reuters. Prior to joining Reuters in 2011, Alix was Deputy Managing Editor and Page One Editor at The Wall Street Journal. Before that, she oversaw ethics and standards of high-impact stories in the paper and on the Dow Jones newswires. Alix was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1996 for her investigative reporting on the tobacco industry, and has been honored with other accolades, including the George Polk Award and two Gerald Loeb Awards.

Hendrik HertzbergHendrik Hertzberg, an editor and staff writer at The New Yorker since 1992, is editorial director of the Nation Institute. He served as the chief White House speechwriter under President Jimmy Carter, did two four-year stints as editor of The New Republic, and is the author of Politics: Observations & Arguments and ¡Obamanos! He is a four-time winner of the National Magazine Award. 

Harold MeyersonHarold Meyerson is the executive editor of The American Prospect and formerly a weekly op-ed columnist for The Washington Post, writing chiefly on politics. He is a frequent guest on television and radio talk shows, and author of Who Put The Rainbow in The Wizard of Oz?, a biography of Broadway lyricist Yip Harburg.

Katrina vanden HeuvelKatrina vanden Heuvel is Editor and Publisher of The Nation. She is a frequent commentator on US and international politics for ABC, MSNBC, CNN and PBS. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times and The Boston Globe. She writes a weekly web column for The Washington Post.  She is the author of several books, including The Change I Believe In: Fighting for Progress in The Age of Obama. She is a recipient of Planned Parenthood’s Maggie Award for her journalism, and the National Women’s Political Caucus 2013 EMMA Award for her piece “Women for Paid Sick Days.”