Winners announced for 2019 Goldziher Prize for coverage of Muslim Americans

(RNF) – Religion News Foundation, the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College and the William & Mary Greve Foundation are pleased to announce the winners of the 2019 Goldziher Prize, a biannual award for excellence in the coverage of Muslim Americans by an individual or team of U.S. journalists.

"We are very pleased to have supported this important award and to recognize journalists doing an excellent job covering Muslim Americans," said Tom Gallagher, President and CEO, Religion News Foundation.

“We are deeply impressed by the excellent journalism about Muslim Americans,” said Tamar Miller of the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College. “The beat continues to grow and the Goldziher Prize is a way of celebrating and amplifying this work,” she said.

The winners are as follows:


Leila Fadel, for Muslims in America: A New Generation, a groundbreaking, six-part series broadcast on National Public Radio. These intimate and surprising stories explore the unseen lives of U.S. Muslims at a time when anti-Islamic sentiment surpasses the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

Written Word

Hannah Allam, for a yearlong series of BuzzFeed News articles that captures how external pressures are forcing internal debates among U.S. Muslims. These deeply reported stories, ranging from Here's What Happens When Someone Burns Down Your Mosque to Inside A Summer Camp Where Kids Figure Out How To Be Muslim In America, reveal a community at once fearful and defiant as violence against Muslims rises.

Video or Photography

Aymann Ismail, for Who's Afraid of Aymann Ismail?, a video series for Slate Magazine in which Mr. Ismail, a talented young journalist, meets with anti-Muslim activists, state legislators, and his own family to  find out if there really is anything to fear about American Muslims.

Journalism Student

Sana Ullah, for Places You’ll Pray, a collection of vibrant images of young American Muslims praying in public spaces outside of a mosque. The series was created by Ms. Ullah as a student at George Washington University, and these photos have since been published in Huffington Post, Fusion, Quartz and other outlets.

Zainab Sultan and Si Chen, for Worthy of Love, a short documentary video produced by students at the Columbia School of Journalism. This is high caliber reporting on critical and taboo issues in Muslim American communities, which combines great storytelling and excellent production values.

"We are thrilled to honor and award the Goldziher Award this year to journalists who have reported on Muslim American communities with professionalism, nuance, sensitivity and depth, inspecting the national faultlines on religion and ethnicity through culturally specific details and engaging storytelling,” said Wajahat Ali, Goldziher Award committee judge.

The award ceremony will be held Thursday, May 2, 2019 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. and is open to the public. More information can be found at

Judges for the 2019 Goldziher Prize competition included:

Wajahat Ali, Contributing Op-Ed Writer at The New York Times

Ari Goldman, Professor at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Aysha Khan, Journalist at Religion News Service

Charlie Sykes, Editor-in-Chief at The Bulwark

Diane Winston, Professor at University of Southern California Annenberg School for Journalism and Communication


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