Jane Mayer Honored with 2016 New Press Social Justice Award

Thursday, December 8, 2016

On December 5, The New Press, Charlayne Hunter-Gault, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse presented investigative journalist Jane Mayer with the 2016 New Press Social Justice Award in recognition of her uncompromising commitment and contributions to democracy, truth telling, and a free press. Mayer wrote this year’s Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right. She covers politics, culture, and national security for the New Yorker, and during her twelve years at the Wall Street Journal served as a war, foreign, and White House correspondent. Mayer is the recipient of numerous distinctions for excellence in writing and journalism, including the George Polk Award, the John Chancellor Award, a Guggenheim fellowship, the Goldsmith Book Prize, the Ridenhour Prize, the J. Anthony Lukas Prize, and the Sidney Hillman Award. She has been a finalist for the National Book Award, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the National Magazine Award, and was nominated twice for a Pulitzer Prize. In addition to Dark Money, Mayer wrote The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals, which was chosen as one of the ten best books of the year by the New York Times, The Economist, Salon, Slate, and Bloomberg. She also co-authored Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas and Landslide: The Unmaking of the President 1984–1988.