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Ridenhour Prizes: Fostering the Spirit of Courage and Truth

Website. Awards for individuals, books, films, and organizations for truth-telling and whistleblowing.

ridenhour-prizes-logoThe annual Ridenhour Prizes recognize those who persevere in acts of truth-telling that protect the public interest, promote social justice or illuminate a more just vision of society. These prizes are named for whistleblower and investigative journalist Ron Ridenhour.

The list of award recipients is a great reference for teachers and students on whistleblowers and related books, films, and organizations. (Currently unavailable.)

About Ron Ridenhour

In 1969, Vietnam veteran Ron Ridenhour wrote a letter to Congress and the Pentagon describing the horrific events at My Lai – the infamous massacre of the Vietnam War – bringing the scandal to the attention of the American public and the world.

Ridenhour later became a respected investigative journalist, winning the George Polk Award for Investigative Journalism in 1987 for a year-long investigation of a New Orleans tax scandal. He died suddenly in 1998 at the age of 52. At the time of his death, he was working on a piece for the London Review of Books, had co-produced a story on militias for NBC’s Dateline and had just delivered a series of lectures commemorating the thirtieth anniversary of My Lai.