January 12, 2015

I put this out on Twitter last Friday but wanted to note it here in the blog as well: The National Press Foundation graciously announced last week that it plans to award me its Chairman’s Citation, which “confers recognition on individuals whose accomplishments fall outside the traditional categories of excellence.”

npfI’m truly honored by this award, and more than a little humbled by the pedigree of its previous winners. The NPF’s Chairman’s Citation was last awarded in 2012 to the late, great New York Times reporter Anthony Shadid, who died in Syria that same year. Shadid, a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, was also a former Washington Post reporter. Likewise, the award was presented in 2010 to Colbert King, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist at The Post.

This honor also gives me another opportunity and platform for proselytizing to media colleagues about the merits and rewards of being an independent journalist. Some of my reporter friends probably get sick of hearing it from me, but there has never been a more important time for reporters who are passionate about creating original, impactful content to consider going it alone. A diversity of authoritative (and accountable) voices on important topics keeps the mainstream media honest and on its toes. More crucially, it helps inspire and cultivate the next generation of the Fourth Estate.

A hearty “THANK YOU” to the NPF for this recognition, and to the faithful readers here who make this all worthwhile!

80 thoughts on “KrebsOnSecurity Wins Ntl’ Journalism Award

  1. Warspite

    It’s good to see that excellence is still be rewarded. Thanks for all you do Mr. Krebs!

  2. Bob

    Another well deserved award, congrats!
    I wish there was a large check associated with that award to pay the bills and help you get to the next level of investigative reporting.

  3. Wesley

    Congratulations! Well deserved, keep muckraking alive!

  4. Eaglewerks

    I agree with ‘Stratocaster’ who in part said above:

    “Hopefully this eminent recognition will bring your work to the attention of more people who should be aware of it.”

    Congratulations Brian.

  5. Infosec Pro


    You didn’t name some of the heavier hitters among previous recipients. It’s good to see Krebs On Security in the company of Otis Chandler, Austin Kiplinger, Michael Bloomberg, and the New York Times. Quite a set of peers.

    You certainly are deserving of the honor. BTW have been enjoying Spam Nation, very well written. Can’t wait to see it on the big screen – if Sony gets it done that is 🙂

  6. A Telco Security Dweeb

    How very true.

    Brian, the work that you do is (in addition to being highly entertaining to read) absolutely essential for the public-at-large to understand the nature of the cyber-criminal threat. It is the epitome of intelligent, professional, well-researched, well-informed, independent journalism… which is starkly absent in today’s opinionated, “He Who Screams The Loudest, Wins” era of childish partisanship and endless re-cycling of unoriginal content.

    Your award is eminently deserved. Take a bow, and keep up the good work!

  7. Lisa Mackey

    This is an award well deserved. Thanks for all that you do, Mr. Krebs!

  8. NotHappie

    Absolutely well deserved recognition. I often reference your blog when the topic of cyber-security and related topics come up, as your words are so readable and informative, with facts to back up any points which might be contended. Congratulations on the award and a resounding “Power to the (Independent) Press!”

  9. Elaine D.

    Wow! Continue to be impressed and so richly deserved. Proud of you, my friend!

  10. Kap

    Very nice job Mr. Krebs. Bust ‘Em-Bust ‘Em-Bust ‘Em!

  11. Gail Bronson

    Congrats, Brian! Newer journalists should regard your reporting as a strong illustration of the accuracy and reliability they should always strive to achieve in their own writing.

  12. Brenda Grantland

    Your blog is so important. I’m so glad you’re getting this award. I never thanked you for all of the help your blog gave me.

    I found out about you when my wifi network was hacked in March 2013, and the hackers broke into my web hosting account, transferring the domain registration of one of my sites to themselves (before putting it up for auction on hackforums.net and later GoDaddy) and committed multiple acts of identity theft.

    Days after the hacking began I got an ominous email from someone who called himself “Phobia” saying he didn’t steal my website. When I googled that nickname I found your article about being hacked by Phobia and apparently at least some of the same gang, probably using the same tools.

    I never was able to get the local police or FBI to investigate my case, but I did get my stolen web domain transferred back. I was very relieved when I saw your article about some of the Blackshades users being arrested.

    Your blogs about that gang and their modus operandi were a Godsend to me, both in telling me what to do and in helping me cope with the terror that those hackers made me endure.

    Yay Krebs! You rule!

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