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About the Award

The Lyons Award is named for Louis M. Lyons, the second curator of the Nieman Foundation. Lyons had a distinguished career as an editor and reporter before becoming a member of the first Nieman Class in 1938. He served as curator of the foundation from 1939 until he retired in 1964.

The Nieman Class of 1964 selected Vietnam correspondents as the first recipient of the Louis Lyons Award for Conscience and Integrity in Journalism. The Class of 1965 gave the award posthumously to broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow, and the Class of 1966 honored Wilson Minor of The New Orleans Times-Picayune.

No awards were made from then until 1981, when the program was reinstituted by Curator James C. Thomson Jr. and given posthumously to Joe Alex Morris Jr. of the Los Angeles Times, who was killed while covering the Iranian Revolution.

Initially the award consisted of a plaque, to be hung in Walter Lippmann House, home of the Nieman Foundation at Harvard. The plaque recorded each year's winner or winners. In addition, any individuals cited specifically were to receive smaller plaques of their own. Eventually the award carried a $1,000 honorarium.

Notable Winners

March 2015

Hasan Cemal Turkish journalist
In recognition of a long career dedicated to championing freedom of the press in Turkey and as a representative of all Turkish journalists working today under increasingly difficult conditions.

February 2014
Pamela Colloff, Texas Monthly
For tenacious investigations into wrongful convictions, which exposed deep flaws in the criminal justice system

February 2013
Marcela Turati, Proceso magazine
For her coverage of the drug war and her role in protecting and training members of the media

November 2011
Mohammad Nabbous, killed in Libya 2011
For all those like him who spread the news of the "Arab Spring" uprisings


Monetary/Material Award Details

$1,000 honorarium and a plaque

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Contact Information

Reception: (617) 495-2237
Fax: (617) 495-8976

Ann Marie Lipinski
(617) 496-8870
[email protected]

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