Nancy Kaffer of the Detroit Free Press and 1998 Spring Hill College (SHC) graduate, was honored by the Harvard Kennedy School Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy with the 12th David Nyhan Prize for Political Journalism for her reporting on the water crisis in Flint, Mich. Kaffer received the honor at the annual Theodore H. White Lecture on Press and Politics on November 15 at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum. The Shorenstein Center describes the award as one presented “to a journalist who embodies Nyhan’s commitment to political coverage and challenging powerful individuals and institutions.”
Nicco Mele, director of the Shorenstein Center at the Harvard Kennedy School, described Kaffer as a journalist who “tells powerful stories about the powerless.” Upon receiving the prize, Kaffer said, “I am humbled and grateful to receive this award, to be honored to do journalism in the tradition of David Nyhan and the other amazing award winners who have stood here before me.”
In April 2016, Kaffer received the Walker Stone Award for Opinion Writing and $10,000 for her body of work on the Flint water crisis.
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