Deadline to Enter Barlett & Steele Awards Aug. 1

by July 1, 2019
The deadline to enter the 2019 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism is Aug. 1.

Thursday, Aug. 1, is the deadline for the 2019 Barlett & Steele Awards for Investigative Business Journalism, the nation’s top investigative business journalism competition.

The annual awards contest, named in honor of renowned investigative business journalists Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele, celebrates the best in investigative business journalism each year. It is sponsored by the Donald W. Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Entry rules and a link to the application are available here. Gold, silver and bronze winners receive cash awards of $5,000, $2,000 and $1,000, respectively.

Please contact the Reynolds Center’s Rian Bosse at with any entry questions.

Former winners

Last year’s Barlett & Steele Gold Award-winning entry was “Brexit’s Big Short” by Bloomberg News. The 2018 Silver Award went to The Wall Street Journal for “The Investigation of Michael Cohen” and ProPublica received the Bronze Award for “Cutting ‘Old Heads’ at IBM.”

Entries for this year’s contest must have been published between July 1, 2018, and June 30, 2019. Editors or contest coordinators of media outlets may submit up to two entries, each containing up to four articles. Entries from freelance journalists are welcome as well.

About Barlett and Steele

Barlett and Steele have worked together for more than three decades, first at The Philadelphia Inquirer (1971-1997), where they won two Pulitzer Prizes and scores of other national journalism awards, then at Time magazine (1997-2006), where they earned two National Magazine Awards, becoming the first journalists in history to win both the Pulitzer and its magazine equivalent. They are now contributing editors at Vanity Fair and at CNN’s new investigative reporting initiative.

In addition to the awards contest, the Reynolds Center at the Cronkite School provides journalists with training and resources to help them cover business better, much of which is available at

The center is funded by the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, a national philanthropic organization founded in 1954 by the late media entrepreneur for whom it is named. Headquartered in Las Vegas, it has committed more than $145 million nationwide through its journalism program.