Michael Kelly Award


The Michael Kelly Award is a journalism award sponsored by the Atlantic Media Company. It is given for "the fearless pursuit and expression of truth"; the prize is $25,000 for the winner and $3,000 for the runners-up.[1] It is named for Michael Kelly, an American journalist killed covering the Iraq War.

In 2003 the University of New Hampshire, Department of English, established the Michael Kelly Memorial Scholarship Fund, which awards a sophomore or junior student "who is passionate about journalism".[2]

Year Winner Finalists
2004 Anthony Shadid[3] Dan Christensen; Tom Junod; John Lantigua; George Packer
2005 Nicholas D. Kristof[4] David Grann; Kim Murphy; Maximillian Potter; Elizabeth Rubin
2006 Sharon LaFraniere[5] Kurt Eichenwald; James Risen; Eric Lichtblau; Chris Rose; Cam Simpson
2007 C. J. Chivers[6] Rukmini Maria Callimachi; Jesse Hamilton; William Langewiesche; Charles Forelle, James Bandler, and Mark Maremont; Steve Stecklow
2008 Loretta Tofani[7] Kelly Kennedy; Joshua Kors; Tom Vanden Brook; Peter Eisler; Blake Morrison
2009 Ken Armstrong and Nick Perry[8] Barry Bearak; Celia W. Dugger; Richard Behar; Peter Godwin
2010 David S. Rohde[9] Ken Bensinger and Ralph Vartabedian; Sheri Fink; Jeffrey Gettleman
2011 Mandy Locke and Joseph Neff[10] Emily Bazelon; John Bowe; Jonathan M. Katz
2012 Sarah Stillman[11] Rukmini Maria Callimachi; Kathy Dobie; A.M. Sheehan and Matt Hongoltz-Hetling
2013 Brian Mockenhaupt[12] Alberto Arce; David Barboza; Michael Phillips
2014 Rukmini Maria Callimachi[13] Matthieu Aikins; David Phillips; Megan Twohey
2015 Rania Abouzeid Matthieu Aikins; Alex Campbell; Dexter Filkins[14]
2016 Alissa J. Rubin[15] Martha Mendoza, Margie Mason, Robin McDowell, Esther Htusan; Ian Urbina; James Verini[16]
2017 Shane Bauer Hannah Dreier; David Fahrenthold; Selam Gebrekidan, Stephen Grey, Amina Ismail[17]
2018 Dionne Searcey[18] Kristen Gelineau, Todd Pitman, Esther Htusan; Carol Marbin Miller, Audra D.S. Burch; John Woodrow Cox[19]


  1. ^ "The Michael Kelly Award: Entry Information". Atlantic Media Company. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012. Retrieved 11 December 2012.
  2. ^ "Michael Kelly Journalism Scholarship". Department of English, University of New Hampshire. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  3. ^ McLeary, Paul (2005-12-09). "Anthony Shadid on Reporting in Baghdad and Telling the Story of Ordinary Iraqis". Columbia Journalism Review. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  4. ^ Shor, Donna (October 2005). "Around Town". Washington Life. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  5. ^ Geracimos, Ann (2006-05-21). "Journalism's human side". Washington Times. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  6. ^ "C.J. Chivers Wins Michael Kelly Award". Esquire. 2007-04-20. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  7. ^ Strupp, Joe (2008-05-09). "Tofani of 'Salt Lake Tribune' Wins Michael Kelly Award". Editor & Publisher. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  8. ^ "Seattle Times reporters honored for series on UW's 2000 football team". Seattle Times. 2009-04-09. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  9. ^ Romenesko, Jim (2010-04-19). "NYT's Rohde wins 2010 Michael Kelly Award". Poynter.org. Archived from the original on 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  10. ^ "N&O reporters win national award for SBI series". News & Observer. 2011-04-18. Archived from the original on 2011-09-28. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  11. ^ Rothstein, Betsy (2012-04-16). "Sarah Stillman Wins Michael Kelly Award". Media Bistro. Retrieved 2012-11-19.
  12. ^ "The Living and the Dead (Excerpt)". byliner.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-22. An excerpt from the Byliner Original The Living and the Dead, winner of the 2013 Michael Kelly Award and a Finalist for the National Magazine Award for Feature Writing.
  13. ^ "AP's Rukmini Callimachi Wins the 2014 Michael Kelly Award for Coverage of al-Qaida in West Africa" (PDF). Atlantic Media. 2014-04-14. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2014-10-18. Retrieved 2014-10-13.
  14. ^ "ATLANTIC MEDIA ANNOUNCES 2015 MICHAEL KELLY AWARD FINALISTS - MPA". Magazine.org. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-01-07. Retrieved 2018-03-16.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  16. ^ "Atlantic Media Names Michael Kelly Award Finalists". Adweek.com. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  17. ^ "Atlantic Media Announces Finalists for the 2017 Michael Kelly Award". Theatlantic.com. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  18. ^ "Dionne Searcey Wins 2018 Michael Kelly Award". Theatlantic.com. 9 April 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.
  19. ^ "2018 Michael Kelly Award Finalists Announced". Theatlantic.com. 16 March 2018. Retrieved 8 July 2018.

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  • The Michael Kelly Award