Every year IRE holds several different types of contests. Some have cash prizes while others honor dedication to (and against) freedom of information. Contact the contest coordinator, Lauren Grandestaff, with any questions.

  • IRE Awards

    The IRE Awards is the annual contest of Investigative Reporters and Editors Inc. recognizing the best in investigative reporting by print, broadcast and online media.

  • Philip Meyer Awards

    The Philip Meyer Journalism Award recognizes the best journalism done using social research methods.

  • Golden Padlock

    The Golden Padlock Award recognizes the most secretive publicly-funded agency or person in the United States.

  • Don Bolles Medal

    The Don Bolles Medal recognizes investigative journalists who have exhibited extraordinary courage in standing up against intimidation or efforts to suppress the truth about matters of public importance.