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Sidney Awards

For more than fifty years, the Sidney Hillman Foundation has awarded the Hillman prizes, which are among the most prestigious honors in journalism. In 2009, the foundation inaugurated the Sidney, a monthly award for an outstanding piece of socially-conscious journalism. We are looking for investigative work that fosters social and economic justice. Make a nomination.

November, 2013
FRONTLINE Wins November Sidney Award for Exposing the NFL’s Concussion Crisis

FRONTLINE wins the November Sidney Award for League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis, a major investigation that reveals what the National Football League knew about post-concussion brain damage, and when it knew it. This groundbreaking reporting shows how the NFL covered up the link between repeated concussions on the field and early-onset dementia.

Michael Kirk
Mark Fainaru-Wada
Steve Fainaru
Mike Wiser
Jim Gilmore
October, 2013
Megan Twohey Wins October Sidney for Exposing America’s Underground Market for Adopted Children

Megan Twohey wins the October Sidney Award for The Child Exchange, a groundbreaking five-part exposé of a subculture where adoptive parents give their children away to strangers over the internet with no oversight from social workers or the courts. Children may find themselves bounced from one unfit home to another or even handed over to sex offenders.

Megan Twohey
September, 2013
Sam Stein

Sam Stein wins the September Sidney Award for exposing how sequestration is crippling vital federal programs, including the public defender system, education, health care, and medical research. 

Sam Stein
August, 2013
David Kocieniewski
The New York Times

David Kocieniewski wins the August Sidney Award for exposing Goldman Sachs’ practice of shuffling aluminum from one Detroit-area warehouse to another in order to delay shipping and extract more rent from the metal’s owners. These tactics have added an estimated $5 billion to the cost of aluminum since 2010, the equivalent of two cents for every can of soda. 

David Kocieniewski
July, 2013
Micheal Grabell

Michael Grabell wins the July Sidney Award for showing how employers and the temporary labor industry turned the U.S. into a “permatemp” nation where armies of expendable temporary workers have become a permanent part of the supply chain.

Michael Grabell
June, 2013
John Carlos Frey
PBS’ “Need to Know”

John Carlos Frey and PBS Need to Know team win the June Sidney Award for exposing how U.S. immigration policy is killing undocumented migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. 

John Carlos Frey
May, 2013
Manik, Greenhouse, and Yardley

Julfikar Ali Manik, Steven Greenhouse, and Jim Yardley win the May Sidney Award for their coverage of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh, an industrial accident that claimed more than 1100 lives and focused world attention on working conditions in the garment industry. 

April, 2013
Joe and Harry Gantz

Joe and Harry Gantz win the April Sidney Award for American Winter, an HBO documentary that follows eight Portland, Oregon-area families struggling to survive the winter of 2011/2012 in the grip of the Great Recession.

Joe Gantz
Harry Gantz
March, 2013
Steven Brill
Time Magazine

Steven Brill wins the March Sidney Award for explanatory reporting on why our medical bills are so high.

Steven Brill
February, 2013
Bob Ortega
Arizona Republic

Bob Ortega of the Arizona Republic won the February Sidney Award for exposing an unreliable HPV test.

Bob Ortega headshot

Certificate designed by Edward Sorel

The Sidney is awarded monthly to a piece published in an American magazine, newspaper, on a news site, or a blog. Television and radio broadcasts by an American news outlet are also eligible, as are published photography series.

Deadlines are the last day of each month. The piece must have been published in the month preceding the deadline. In the case of magazines, please nominate according to the issue date on the publication, not when it first appeared.

Nominations are accepted for one's own work, or for someone else's.

The Foundation will announce a winner on the second Wednesday of each month. Recipients will be awarded $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.

If you wish to nominate yourself or a piece by anyone else, please click here for our nomination form.If you have any further questions about the nomination process, please send your inquiry to [email protected]