The Nineteenth Annual Ridenhour Prizes nomination season is now OPEN!

We look forward to reviewing your submissions that highlight various truth-tellers, whistleblowers, and visionaries. Each year, the prizes are given to individuals/organization who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice, or illuminate a more just vision of society.

Each prize category is accompanied with a $10,000.00 stipend to further assist the selected individuals/organization efforts in speaking truth to power.
To be considered for this year’s nomination season please submit a nomination form by
Sunday, May 1, 2022 by 11:59PM ET.
Should you have any additional questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email our
Special Events Manager Janelle Williams, janelle.williams@pogo.org.

The Ridenhour Courage Prize

The Ridenhour Courage Prize is presented to an individual in recognition of their courageous and life-long defense of the public interest and passionate commitment to social justice.

The Ridenhour Truth Telling Prize

The Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling is presented to a citizen, corporate or government whistleblower, investigative journalist, or organization for bringing a specific issue of social importance to the public’s attention.

The Ridenhour Book Prize

The Ridenhour Book Prize is awarded to a work of social significance from the prior publishing year (2021).

We are seeking books that defend the public interest, advance or promote social justice, or illuminate a more just vision of society. Books that reveal or present new or previously unpublished information are of special interest. No particular consideration will be given to the nominated author’s public profile or lack thereof.

The prize also recognizes investigative and reportorial distinction.

The Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize

The Ridenhour Documentary Film Prize is given to a documentary film that in the view of the judges best reflects the legacy of Ron Ridenhour–journalist, whistleblower, truth-teller and social activist. The Prize seeks to recognize a documentary that defends the public interest, advances or promotes social justice, or illuminates a more just vision of society.

** Please review the  additional criteria and eligibility requirements for this prize listed on the nomination form.  In order to be considered, your nomination must adhere to all of the eligibility requirements.