Carey McWilliams Award

The Carey McWilliams Award is given annually to honor a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics. It carries a $750 prize. Eligible candidates must meet the criteria laid forth by the first organizing committee. The individual chosen

  • should have a distinguished public service career in newspaper, magazine, or broadcast media;
  • should, in his or her work, illumine some broad general principles of the social and political sciences;
  • may have a background in editorial activities and not necessarily be a working journalist or writer, and
  • should illumine certain key elements identified with McWilliams, which include intellectual forthrightness and political independence.

Nominations for the 2020 McWilliams Award will close on Friday, February 14, 2020.  Please click here to submit a nomination.

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Carey McWilliams Award Committee

Chair: Professor Holli A. Semetko
Emory University
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Markus Prior
Princeton University
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Dr. Tracy Sulkin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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