Institute for Southern Studies Honors and Awards

Since its founding in 1970, the Institute's media and research programs have been honored with some of the nation's most prestigious awards, including two George Polk Awards and a National Magazine Award. The following is a list of awards won by the Institute and its staff over the years:

  • Alternative Press Award – Regional Reporting, 1989
  • Alternative Press Award – Finalist, General Excellence, 1989
  • Alternative Press Award – Finalist, Investigative Reporting, 1995 and 1996
  • Defenders of Justice Award – Policy Research and Advocacy, 2003
  • Eugene V. Debs Foundation – Bryan and Spann Memorial Prize, 1986
  • George Polk Award – Magazine Reporting, 2003
  • George Polk Award – Regional Reporting, 1979
  • Harry Chapin Media Award – Judge's Award, 2003
  • Independent Press Award – Finalist, Regional/Local Coverage, 2003
  • Investigative Reporters and Editors Award – Public Interest Reporting, 1991
  • John Hancock Award – Excellence in Business and Financial Journalism, 1994
  • League of Conservation Voters – Catalyst Award, 2013
  • National Magazine Award – Public Interest Reporting, 1990
  • National Magazine Award – Finalist, Public Interest Reporting, 1994
  • National Press Club – Honorable Mention, Consumer Award, 2004
  • North Carolina Press Association – Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 2011
  • Project Censored Award – Covering Underreported Stories, 1989, 1994, 1995, 1998
  • Sidney Hillman Foundation Award – Courageous Reporting on Racial Injustice, 1991, 1993
  • Society of Professional Journalists – Second Place, Green Eyeshade Award, 2003
  • White House Correspondents’ Association – Honorable Mention, Edgar A. Poe Award, 2003