Since 1954, the University of Arizona journalism program has awarded the Zenger Award for Press Freedom to a journalist who fights for freedom of the press and the people’s right to know.
It is named for a husband-and-wife team of pioneering journalists, John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger. John Peter was editor of the New York Weekly Journal in 1734 when he was jailed by British colonial authorities on charges of seditious libel. He had criticized the corrupt administration of New York’s governor, William Cosby. While Zenger was imprisoned, Anna Catherine continued to publish the newspaper.
John Peter Zenger’s subsequent trial and acquittal is considered a landmark case in the history of freedom of the press, helping to lay the foundation for the First Amendment. Past Zenger Award winners include Walter Cronkite, Bill Moyers and Katharine Graham.
Read stories about these recipients:
- 2017: Dean Baquet
- 2016: Dana Priest
- 2015: Kathy Gannon
- 2014: Paul Steiger
- 2013: Jonathan Randal
- 2012: Rocío Gallegos Rodriguez and Sandra Rodríguez Nieto
• Click here to view a digital collection of the speeches of past Zenger Award recipients at the UA Campus Repository.