David Nyhan Prize

David NyhanThe Shorenstein Center annually awards the David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism in honor of the late David Nyhan.

For 30 years Nyhan was a columnist and reporter at the Boston Globe. A graduate of Harvard College and a Shorenstein fellow in the spring of 2001, Nyhan was a regular participant in Shorenstein Center activities before, during, and after his fellowship. Nyhan died unexpectedly in early 2005. In his eulogy, Senator Edward Kennedy said of him, “Dave was a man of amazing talent, but most of all he was a man of the people who never forgot his roots. . . . In so many ways, but especially in the daily example of his own extraordinary life, Dave was the conscience of his community.”

The prize is made possible by the generosity of many donors.


The Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism is presented at the annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics.

2012:  Cynthia Tucker: Learn more; video
2011:  Thomas Frank: Learn more; transcript; video
2010:  William Greider: Learn more; transcript; audio; video
2009:  Nat Hentoff: Learn more; transcript; video
2008:  Bob Herbert: Learn more; transcript; video
2007:  Dana Priest: Learn more; transcript; video
2006:  Molly Ivins: Learn more; transcript; video
2005:  David Willman: Learn more; transcript; video