Celebrating our News Literacy Change-Makers

In recognition of their commitment to news literacy education and contributions to quality journalism, the News Literacy Project honors an educator, journalist and student each year. These exceptional individuals distinguish themselves as champions for a more news-literate nation and a resilient free press – both of which are essential to protecting our democracy.

Explore their stories and learn more about those who are leading the way in news literacy.

We announce our outstanding Change-Makers each June.

About Alan C. Miller

Alan C. Miller is the founder and CEO of the News Literacy Project, the largest provider of news literacy education in the country. He was a reporter with the Los Angeles Times for 21 years, spending 19 of them in the paper’s Washington bureau before leaving in 2008 to establish NLP. He has won more than a dozen national reporting honors, including the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. In 2020, Miller was named a Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine. In 2021, he won the AARP Purpose Prize.

About John S. Carroll 

Named for one of the most revered newspaper editors of his generation, the John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year Award is given annually to journalists who have contributed significantly to NLP’s mission. During an acclaimed journalism career spanning four decades, Carroll was the editor of three major U.S. newspapers: the Lexington (Kentucky) Herald-Leader, The Baltimore Sun and the Los Angeles Times. He was a founding member of NLP’s board and served as its chair until shortly before his death in 2015.

About Gwen Ifill 

The Gwen Ifill Student of the Year Award honors the trailblazing journalist — and longtime NLP supporter and board member — who died in 2016. It is presented to female students of color who represent the values Ifill brought to journalism. A highly respected, award-winning journalist, Ifill was the first Black woman to host a national political talk show on television as moderator of Washington Week, and she was a member (with Judy Woodruff) of the first female co-anchor team of a national news broadcast, on PBS NewsHour.

Past honorees 

NLP has honored a journalist each year since 2016, a student annually since 2017 and an educator annually since 2020. Learn more about our previous honorees.

Educator of the Year

John S. Carroll Journalist of the Year

Gwen Ifill Student of the Year

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