Walter Lippmann knew that powerful politicians, big business, and other institutions in our society could create perceptions that people might mistake for reality. That is why, especially today, we need tenacious investigative journalists to pierce the veil of misleading, and often deceptive, information to reveal the truth.

The Selden Ring Award is a jewel of recognition for top journalists. The $50,000 award recognizes published investigative reporting that has brought results — such as the series by 2016 award recipients at The Associated Press which documented how seafood sold in U.S. grocery stores and restaurants had been produced by slaves.

See a list of all past winners