Awards and Accolades

Since its start in 1976, Mother Jones has won many awards for its reporting, illustration, photography, videos and social media. It has been nominated for the prestigious National Magazine Award for General Excellence nine times, winning on three occasions. Below are some of its more recent awards.

2022

Hillman Prize (Magazine Journalism), Winner
“Leaked Video: Dark Money Group Brags About Writing GOP Voter Suppression Bills Across the Country”
Ari Berman

Telly Award (General-News & Information for Social Video), Silver Winner
“New Evidence: Trump Rioters Brought Guns to the Capitol”
Sam Van Pykeren

Telly Award (General-News & Information for Social Video), Silver Winner
“Leaked Video: Dark Money Group is Writing Voter Suppression Laws”
Sam Van Pykeren

Telly Award (General-Social Issues for Non-Broadcast), Silver Winner
“Robinhood’s Design Won Awards. Now, It’s the Problem”
Mark Helenowski

Telly Award (General-Documentary: Individual for Non-Broadcast), Silver Winner
“Robinhood’s Design Won Awards. Now, It’s the Problem”
Mark Helenowski

2021

ASME National Magazine Award (Community Journalism), Finalist
“Whose Streets?”
Samantha Michaels

ASME National Magazine Award (Community Journalism), Finalist
“How Black Oaklanders Finally Expelled the School Police”
Edwin Rios

ASME National Magazine Award (Community Journalism), Finalist
“Caroll Fife is in the House. Now She Wants to Burn it Down”
Jamilah King

NPPA Photojournalism Awards (Magazine Cover), Honorable mention
“End of Policing as We Know it”
Mark Murrmann

NPPA Photojournalism Awards (Magazine General News Story), Third place
“The Black Hill Are Not for Sale”
Mark Murrmann

NPPA Photojournalism Awards (Magazine Contemporary Issues Story), Second place
“Our Country is Full”
Mark Murrmann

NPPA Photojournalism Awards (Magazine Contemporary Issues Story), Honorable mention
“The Last Responder”
Mark Murrmann

2020

ASME National Magazine Award (Social Media), Finalist
Mother Jones

ASME National Magazine Award, Finalist
“Marshals’ Lawlessness”
Seth Freed Wessler

Webby Award, Winner
“Behind the Lines in Syria”
Shane Bauer

Webby Award, Winner
“Disinformation”
Stephanie Mencimer

Telly Award (Social Video), Silver Winner
“The Moment for Mother Jones”
Jamilah King

Telly Award (Online Series), Silver Winner
“Behind the Lines in Syria”
Shane Bauer

Telly Award (Social Video Series), Silver Winner
“Disinformation”
Stephane Mencimer

SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award (Magazine Reporting), Winner
“Marshals’ Lawlessness”
Seth Freed Wessler

Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, Finalist
Julia Lurie

Society of Publication Designers, Winner
“Moira’s Choice”
Melinda Wenner Moyer

Deadline Club Award (Radio or Audio Investigative Reporting), Winner
“Marshall’s Lawlessness”
Seth Freed Wessler

AAJA Audio Journalism Award (General Excellence), Winner
“Building a Wall Out of Red Tape”
Sinduja Rangarajan

SPJ Nothern California Excellence in Journalism Award (Features Journalism), Winner
“When Choice is 221 Miles Away: The Nightmare of Getting an Abortion in the South”
Becca Andrews

2019

SPJ Northern California Excellence in Journalism Awards (Explanatory Journalism),
Winner
Opioids Reporting
Julia Lurie

Society of Publication Designers (News Documentary), Finalist
Mother Jones

Society of Publication Designers (Animated Content), Finalist
Mother Jones

LA Press Club (Animation), Finalist
Down the Line
Al Kamalizad, Julia Lurie

I.F Stone Medal for Journalistic Independence, Winner
Monika Bauerlein, Clara Jeffery

Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, Finalist
Julia Lurie

Telly Awards (Social Video Series), Silver Winner
Immigration Video Reporting
Noah Lanard

Telly Awards (Social Video Series), Winner
March for Our Lives Video Reporting
Bryan Schatz

Telly Awards, Bronze Winner
Don Blankenship video
Tim Murphy

Exceptional Merit in Media from the National Women’s Political Caucus, Winner
Iowa Just Gutted Planned Parenthood and the Results for Women are Brutal
Hannah Levintova

Institute for Nonprofit News’ Best of 2019
“Hooked”
Julia Lurie

Newswomen’s Club of New York Front Page Award (News Podcast), Winner
“El Paso’s Nightmare is America’s New Normal”
Jamilah King

2018

SPJ Northern California Excellence in Journalism Award (Investigative Reporting), Winner
Undercover With a Border Militia
Shane Bauer

ASME National Magazine Award (Social Media), Finalist
Mother Jones

Education Writers Association, Finalist
Heavens to Betsy
Kristina Rizga

John Bartlow Martin Award, Finalist
Rigged
Ari Berman

National Headline Awards, Finalist
My Daughter Was Murdered in a Mass Shooting. Then I Was Ordered to Pay Her Killer’s Gun Dealer.”
Sandy Phillips With Abigail Pesta

American Illustration
Heavens to Betsy” illustration
Tim O’Brien

South Asian Journalists Association Awards, Winner
Inside the Growing Guest Worker Program Trapping Indian Students in Virtual Servitude
Nikhil Swaminathan

2017

News and Documentary Emmy Awards (Outstanding New Approaches: Current News), Nominee
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
Kevin Sullivan, Michael Schiller, James West, Cheryl Devall, Dave Gilson, Ike Sriskandarajah, Ivylise Simones, Jim Briggs, Shane Bauer, Al Letson

SEAL Environmental Journalism Awards, Winner
Rebecca Leber

Society of Publication Designers (Feature Video: News/Documentary)
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
James West and Ivylise Simones

Maggie Awards (Overall Magazine Category), Winner
Mother Jones

National Magazine Award (Magazine of the Year), Winner
Mother Jones

National Magazine Award (Best Reporting), Winner
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
Shane Bauer

National Magazine Award (General Excellence), Finalist
Mother Jones

American Psychoanalytic Award for Excellence in Journalism
Inside the Race to Stop the Next Mass Shooter” and related coverage 
Mark Follman

John Jay/Harry Frank Guggenheim Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting Award
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
Shane Bauer

Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, Winner
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
Shane Bauer

GLAAD Media Award, Finalist
The Methodist Church May Split Over LGBT Issues. Meet the Lesbian Bishop Caught in the Middle.
Becca Andrews

Anthony Shadid Award for Journalism Ethics, Finalist
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
Shane Bauer

Ancil Payne Award for Ethics in Journalism, Finalist
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
Shane Bauer

American Small Business League Journalistic Excellence Award    
Giant Corporations Are Reaping Billions From Federal ‘Small Business’ Contracts
Josh Harkinson

2017 Izzy Award,Winner
My Four Months as a Private Prison Guard
Shane Bauer

2016

National Magazine Award (Best Reporting), Finalist
The Fever
David Ferry

SPJ NorCal Excellence in Journalism Award (Journalist of the Year)    
Shane Bauer

James Madison Freedom of Information Award
Mother Jones

National Press Club Arthur Rowse Award for Press Criticism
How the Media Inspires Mass Shooters
Mark Follman

National Association of Black Journalists Salute to Excellence Award
Black Deaths Matter
Edwin Rios, Kai Wright, Justin Maxon

Folio Ozzie Award (Best Redesign)
Mother Jones

Association of Food Journalists (Best Food Column), Finalist
Tom Philpott

Association of Food Journalists (Best Writing on Beer, Wine, or Spirits)
Heart of Agave
Ted Genoways

The Media Consortium’s Impact Award
The True Cost of Gun Violence in America
Mark Follman, Julia Lurie, Jaeah Lee, and James West