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September, 2013
Stein wins the September Sidney Award for Exposing the Devastating Impact of Sequestration

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

Yes
August, 2013
Kocieniewski wins the August Sidney Award for Exposing the Goldman Sachs ‘Metal Merry-go-Round’

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. 

Yes
July, 2013
Grabell wins the July Sidney Award for his portrait of our “permatemp” nation

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.

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June, 2013
Frey, PBS Need To Know team win June Sidney Award for coverage of migrant deaths along the U.S.-Mexico border

Juan Carlos Frey and PBS Need to Know team (producer Brian Epstein, correspondent John Larson and editor Judith Starr Wolff) win the June Sidney Award for exposing the rising death rate among undocumented migrants attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. 

Yes
May, 2013
Manik, Greenhouse, and Yardley win the May Sidney Award for their coverage of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh

Julfikar Ali Manik, Steven Greenhouse, and Jim Yardley of the New York Times won the May Sidney Award for their extensive coverage of the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh. The seven-story factory complex crumbled on April 24, burying over 1100 people. Most of the victims were garment workers who died sewing clothes for Western companies like Walmart and Benetton. 

Yes
April, 2013
Joe and Harry Gantz Win April Sidney for “American Winter,” an HBO documentary about middle-class families falling into poverty

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

Yes
February, 2013
Arizona Republic Wins February Sidney for Exposing a Faulty HPV Test Linked to False-Negative Results and Undetected Cancers

Bob Ortega won the February Sidney Award for sounding the alarm about a faulty test for HPV, the virus that causes most cervical cancer. Each year, about 12,000 women are diagnosed with cervical cancer and about 4,000 die of the disease. 

Yes
January, 2013
Bloomberg News Wins January Sidney for A Tale of Two McDonald's

Leslie Patton of Bloomberg News won the January Sidney Award for her profile of McDonald’s as seen by a fry cook and the CEO of the company. 

Yes
December, 2012
Josh Eidelson of The Nation Wins December Sidney for Coverage of Historic Walmart Strike

Josh Eidelson of The Nation won the December Sidney Award for his coverage of the historic Black Friday strike at Walmart and the ongoing strike wave moving through Walmart’s supply chain.

Yes
November, 2012
Jina Moore of the Christian Science Monitor Wins November Sidney for Inquiry Into American Poverty

Jina Moore, regular contributor to the Christian Science Monitor, won the November Sidney Award for Below The Line: Poverty In America, a portrait of poverty as it is measured by official statistics and lived by real people.

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October, 2012

Sasha Chavkin, Anna Maria Barry-Jester and Ronnie Greene of the Center for Public Integrity won the October Sidney Award for “Mystery in the Fields,” an international investigation into a mystery kidney disease killing young farm workers in India, Sri Lanka, and Central America.

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September, 2012

Erich Schwartzel and Julia Rendleman of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette won the September Sidney Award for “Fouled Waters,” a 3-month investigation into a mysterious blight on the water supply of The Woodlands, a small Pennsylvania town surrounded by natural gas wells.

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August, 2012

A 13-journalist team led by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists Director Gerard Ryle and ICIJ reporter Kate Willson won the August Sidney Award for “Skin and Bone,” a sweeping investigation of the largely unregulated global trade in human tissues.

No
July, 2012

Monica Potts of the American Prospect won the July Sidney Award for her portrait of poverty and enterprise in Appalachia.

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June, 2012

Cindy Chang, Jan Moller, Jonathan Tilove and John Simerman of the Times-Picayune won the June Sidney Award for their series, Louisiana INCarcerated, which explains how Louisiana became the nation’s prison capital.

Yes
May, 2012
Reuters Team Wins Sidney Award for Exposé on Lobbying and Childhood Obesity

Duff Wilson and Janet Roberts of Reuters won the May Sidney Award for their special feature, "How Washington Went Soft on Childhood Obesity."

Yes
April, 2012
Trymaine Lee Wins April Sidney

Trymaine Lee of the Huffington Post won the April Sidney Award for his coverage of the Trayvon Martin shooting.

Yes
March, 2012
Ian Frazier Wins March Sidney

New Yorker writer Ian Frazier won the March Sidney for his account of the strike at the Stella D'oro biscuit company in the Bronx.

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February, 2012
Susan Greene Wins February Sidney

Susan Greene won the February Sidney Award for her shocking look into the use of solitary confinement in U.S. prisons for Dart Society Reports.

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 alex@hillmanfoundation.org