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Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting

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The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Awards for Investigative Reporting recognize the best in government-related investigative reporting from across the Midwest region*.

Judged by a rotating panel of journalists and media educators, the awards highlight the impact of investigative reports as a reform tool within the context of state and local government waste, fraud and corruption. Not only will investigative techniques be considered in the selection, but winning entries will have prompted reforms, criminal proceedings or have made significant contributions to inform the public on government issues.

Qualified entries include newspaper, television, radio, web reports and political cartoons published from January 1, 2013 – December 31, 2013. Entries are judged on the quality of the investigative reporting and the effectiveness of the piece to prompt change, as evaluated by the following elements:

  • accuracy, clarity and completeness
  • difficulty in obtaining sources
  • resourcefulness
  • impact of piece, including legal or statutory remedies, official responses, or policy changes

Prize Money

1st place - $10,000
2nd place - $5,000
3rd place - $3,000

The awards ceremony will be held in Chicago in the spring of 2014.

Questions? Please email mfoconnor@bettergov.org.

To learn about the 2013 Investigative Awards, click here.


To learn about the 2012 Investigative Awards, click here.


To learn about the 2011 Investigative Awards, click here.


To learn about the 2010 Investigative Awards, click here.

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