WATCH: The 17th Annual Ridenhour Prizes

This year’s virtual ceremony honored NIH whistleblower Dr. Rick A. Bright, Earth Day founder Denis Hayes, filmmakers Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang, and author Chanel Miller. Click here to see the full pre-recorded program.

Dr. Rick A. Bright

wins the 2020 Truth-Telling Prize

A high-ranking government scientist who charged that the administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was slow, chaotic, and prioritized politics over science and human life.

Chanel Miller

wins Ridenhour Book Prize for ‘Know My Name’

In the wake of her high-profile sexual assault in January 2015, little was publicly known about Chanel Miller beyond the description “Brock Turner’s victim.” In ‘Know My Name,’ she raises her voice to let victims know they are never alone.

Nanfu Wang and Jialing Zhang

win the Ridenhour Documentary Prize for ‘One Child Nation’

After becoming a mother, award-winning filmmaker Nanfu Wang uncovers the untold history of China’s One-Child policy and the generations of parents and children forever shaped by this social experiment.

Denis Hayes

wins the Ridenhour Courage Prize

As president of the Bullitt Foundation, Denis leads an effort to mold the major cities of Pacific Northwest and British Columbia into models of sustainability for a rapidly urbanizing planet.

WATCH: John Lewis Accepts the 2012 Ridenhour Courage Prize

“One day in 1955, at the age of 15, I heard about Rosa Parks. I heard the words of MLK Jr. on the radio. I was deeply inspired to find a way to get into trouble. Good trouble. Necessary trouble.”
—John Lewis, accepting the Ridenhour Courage Prize in 2012.

News from the Ridenhour Prizes

Whistle-Blowing Scientist Quits Government With Final Broadside

Dr. Rick Bright, who said he was demoted at the health department for blowing the whistle on a politicized coronavirus response, remains concerned about White House interference.

Nanfu Wang Wins 2020 MacArthur Fellowship

Nanfu Wang is a documentary filmmaker creating intimate character studies that examine the impact of authoritarian governance, corruption, and lack of accountability on the lives of individuals.

Protect the Critical Role of the Whistleblower

Open Letter to Congress From Group of Former Intelligence Community Agency Inspectors General

I couldn’t sit idly and watch people die from Trump’s chaotic, politicized pandemic response, so I resigned

Rick Bright, an immunologist and vaccine researcher, is the former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority.