Photo by Nicole Sobecki/ VII

Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics Ceremony

May 13
CANCELED, more info below.

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Gather with top journalists and industry leaders as the University of Wisconsin–Madison Center for Journalism Ethics recognizes the winner of the 2020 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics. You also won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear from renowned photojournalist Lynsey Addario ’95 in conversation with acclaimed journalist David Maraniss.

Event Information

Award Winners

The winners of the 2020 Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics are Jodi S. Cohen of ProPublica and Jennifer Smith Richards of the Chicago Tribune for their work on “The Quiet Rooms.” Through a careful investigation, the reporters unearthed the unlawful use of seclusion and restraint in Illinois public schools.

This year’s finalists include:

To learn more about the winners and each finalist, please visit


Time Agenda Item
6 p.m. Check-in and reception with hors d’oeuvres and hosted bar
7 p.m. Welcome and update from Kathleen Bartzen Culver ’88, MA’92, PhD’99, director, UW–Madison Center for Journalism Ethics
7:10 p.m. Award presentation
7:15 p.m. Conversation featuring Lynsey Addario ’95 and David Maraniss
8:15 p.m. Closing remarks
8:30 p.m. Event concludes


$75 per person for the general public
$50 per person for UW–Madison alumni
$25 per person for recent UW–Madison graduates

The cost includes a reception with hors d’oeuvres, a hosted bar and a ceremony.

Venue Dress Code

Attendees are required to wear attire that adheres to one of the following options:

  • Jacket, dress shirt, tie, and trouser
  • Tailored suit
  • Dress
  • Dress Skirt or tailored trouser with dress shirt, blouse, or sweater

Jeans, shorts, capris, sneakers, flip-flops, and other such casual sportswear are not allowed.

Speaker Information

Featured Speakers: Lynsey Addario and David Maraniss

Lynsey Addario is a UW–Madison graduate and an award-winning American photojournalist who frequently works for the New York Times, National Geographic, and TIME magazine. Throughout her career, Addario has covered major conflicts and humanitarian crises such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Darfur. She has released two books: “Of Love & War” and her New York Times best-selling memoir, “It’s What I Do.” A former MacArthur Fellow, Pulitzer Prize winner, and Emmy nominee, Addario was named one of the five most influential photographers of the past 25 years by American Photo Magazine in 2015. She has received several international awards and was named one of the 20 women on Oprah Winfrey’s Power List in 2010. Addario was a friend and colleague of Anthony Shadid and was once held captive with him for six days while working together on assignment in Libya.

David Maraniss is a New York Times best-selling author, a fellow of the Society of American Historians and a visiting distinguished professor at Vanderbilt University. He has been an editor and writer for the Washington Post for more than 40 years and has earned the Pulitzer Prize twice while at the publication. He was a finalist for the prize three additional times and won the George Polk Award and the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize. Maraniss, whose hometown is Madison, Wisconsin, is a member of the UW–Madison School of Journalism’s board of visitors.

About Anthony Shadid

About Anthony Shadid

Each year, this award is presented in memory of Anthony Shadid ’90, a University of Wisconsin–Madison journalism alumnus and an international reporter for the Washington Post and the New York Times who died in 2012 while covering unrest in Syria.

Shadid, who won two Pulitzer Prizes, had a special connection to the UW’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication and to the Center for Journalism Ethics. He was a member of the center’s advisory board and a strong supporter of its efforts to promote public interest journalism and stimulate discussion about journalism ethics.

You can help carry on Shadid’s legacy. By donating to the Anthony Shadid Memorial Fund, you will aid students who are interested in international reporting.

To learn more about Anthony Shadid, the award given in his honor or the memorial fund, please visit

If you have any questions, contact Jordan Langer at or 1-608-308-5430.

This event is sponsored by the Wall Street Journal and the USA TODAY Network and presented by the Center for Journalism Ethics, the UW–Madison School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and the Wisconsin Alumni Association® (WAA). Photo of Addario (above) by Nichole Sobecki/VII.

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