Celebrating news literacy change-makers
In recognition of their outstanding achievements during an unprecedented and challenging school year, the News Literacy Project (NLP) has named the recipients of its 2021 educator, journalist and students of the year awards. We recognize these honorees as having distinguished themselves in their commitment to news literacy in their classrooms, in their professions and in their daily lives. We also acknowledge their efforts as leading voices in support of news literacy education.
Please join us in celebrating our 2021 honorees by watching the awards ceremony below and exploring this page to learn more about those who are leading the way in news literacy.
Read about the impressive students who were finalists for the 2021 Gwen Ifill Student of the Year Awards.
NLP has honored a journalist each year since 2016, a student annually since 2017 and an educator annually beginning last year. Read about our previous honorees.
John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year
- Indira Lakshmanan, National Geographic, 2020
- Enrique Acevedo, Univision, 2019
- Wes Lowery, CBS News, formerly of The Washington Post, 2018
- Paul Saltzman, Chicago Sun-Times, 2017
- Tracie Potts, NBC News Washington correspondent, 2017
- David Gonzalez, The New York Times, and Matea Gold, Washington Post national correspondent, 2016
Gwen Ifill Student of the Year
- Kristen Locker, Florida Gulf Coast University, Fort Myers, Florida, 2020
- Valeria Luquin, Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, Van Nuys, California, 2019
- Paige Rodriguez and Sophia Fiallo, The Young Women Leadership School of Astoria, New York City, 2018
- Jenari Mitchell, KIPP DC College Preparatory, Washington, D.C., 2017
Educator of the Year