By continuing to use this site, you agree to the use of cookies in accordance with our privacy policy.

Communications Journalism Media

2023 Toner Lecture

November 8, 2023 at 6:30pm7:30pm EST

Newhouse 3, Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium, Room 140

This event has already occurred. The information may no longer be valid.

Update: This is a hybrid event. Anyone interested in joining via Zoom Webinar can register to attend here:

Every year, the Newhouse School honors journalists with the Toner Prizes for Excellence in Political Reporting. Join us for a discussion with the 2023 winners:  Josh Gerstein, Alex Ward and Peter Canellos of Politico and Phil Williams of WTVF-TV.

Margaret Talev, Kramer Director of the Syracuse University Institute for Democracy, Journalism and Citizenship, will moderate the discussion.

2023 Toner Prize for Excellence in National Political Reporting
Winner: Politico

Gerstein, Ward and Canellos were part of the seven-person team from Politico that won for “The Supreme Court and Abortion.” Politico broke the news that the U.S. Supreme Court voted to strike down the landmark Roe v. Wade decision granting abortion rights. The outlet published a PDF of the initial draft majority opinion, which was circulated inside the court and obtained by Politico. No draft decision in the modern history of the court has been disclosed publicly while a case was still pending. Politico’s reporting transformed the political year, putting abortion rights front and center in the 2022 midterm elections.

2023 Toner Prize for Excellence in Local Political ReportingWinner: Phil Williams, WTVF-TV, Nashville, Tennessee

Williams won for his entry, “NewsChannel 5 Investigates: Revealed”. As the station’s chief investigative reporter, Williams led WTVF’s dogged efforts to look into how laws are made in the Tennessee General Assembly. The legislative branch is ruled by a supermajority with near-absolute power that sets its own rules. The exhaustive “Revealed” investigation was based on a simple premise: citizens cannot fully understand how the system can be fixed unless they understand how it really works.

For more information, or if you require accommodations, contact Rachel Cooper at


Learn more

This event was first published on October 4, 2023 and last updated on October 31, 2023.

Event Details