A Washington Post team of reporters was named the winner of the 2018 Toner Prize for Excellence in Political Reporting for their coverage of the Alabama U.S. Senate race and subsequent reporting on Project Veritas. The award recipients include Stephanie McCrummen, Beth Reinhard and Shawn Boburg, reporters; Alice Crites, researcher; Tom LeGro, senior video producer; and Dalton Bennett, video reporter.
Out of the 117 entries from across the country and various media platforms, Toner Prize judge Adam Clymer said The Post’s work was “proof that old-fashioned shoe-leather reporting still matters in the 21st century. A superior effort that would have deserved a prize in any year.”
“The Post’s efforts in Alabama were extraordinary. This was not a story anyone rushed into. The careful reporting shows the great lengths the team went to in order to be fair and ethical,” added judge Lucy Dalglish.
The Post has now won four of the last five Toner Prizes which previously honored David Fahrenthold in 2017, Dan Balz in 2015 and Karen Tumulty in 2014.
Together, Syracuse University’s Newhouse School and the Robin Toner Program also recognized The Washington Post and The New York Times for “ongoing coverage of Russia’s efforts to corrupt the U.S. electoral process,” according to the press release.
The Toner prize was established to honor the late Robin Toner, who became the first woman to serve as national political correspondent for The New York Times.