American Sociological Association

Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues Award

Award Description

The Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues honors individuals for their promotion of sociological findings and a broader vision of sociology. The ASA would like to recognize the contributions of those who have been especially effective in disseminating sociological perspectives and research. The ASA is cognizant of the fact that there are many professionals (e.g., journalists, filmmakers) whose job it is to translate and interpret a wide range of information, including sociological perspectives and research, for the general public. This award is intended to promote a broader vision of sociology, and to gain public support for the sociological discipline.

A nominee must have made noteworthy contributions through any medium of public communication to increase the understanding of sociology. He or she cannot be a professional sociologist and membership in ASA is therefore not required. Nominations should include an account of the nominee's major contributions to furthering the public appreciation of sociology; it is strongly encouraged that examples (e.g., video, printed matter) are included with the nomination.

Nominators must send a full detailed nomination letter and/or email explaining why the individual should win the award based on the above award criteria. The nominator must also include evidence or detailed explanation where to easily find the evidence supporting the claims made in the nomination letter(s). If either of the above requirements are not meant the committee will not be able to accept the nomination. Also, if possible, nominees must have three to four nomination letters included with each nominee.

Send nomination materials via email to The deadline for nominations for the 2019 award is January 31, 2018.


Selection Committee Members

Name Begin End Position
Gaye Tuchman 1/1/2015 12/31/2017 Member
Sharon Zukin 1/1/2015 12/31/2017 Member
Tukufu Zuberi 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
Amanda Evelyn Lewis 1/1/2016 12/31/2018 Member
Gary Alan Fine 1/1/2017 12/31/2017 Member
Syed Ali 1/1/2017 12/31/2017 Chair
Douglas Hartmann 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Abby Scher 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member
Pepper J. Schwartz 1/1/2017 12/31/2019 Member


2017 - Michael Moore

2016 - Ta-Nehisi Coates

2015 - Bill Moyers

2014 - Lee Rainie

2013 - Ira Glass and the Staff of "This American Life"

2012 - Katha Pollitt

2011 - David Brooks

2010 - Sebastião Salgado

2009 - Barbara Ehrenreich

2008 - Michael Apted

2007 - Malcolm Gladwell

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