PORTLAND – Now entering its 44th year, the Bruce Baer Award will once again honor Oregon’s top public-affairs reporting during a ceremony this Spring. Due to COVID-19, there was no award last year (2020). Consequently, this year (2021) there will be two awards for work published in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

The award honors the memory of Bruce Baer, who died from cancer in 1977 at the age of 40. Having worked in both the print and broadcast media, he was considered the dean of the Oregon Capitol press corps.


The reward for the grand prize (for each award) is $1,500, thanks to a fundraising campaign initiated by the Friends of Bruce Baer in partnership with the Portland State University Foundation.

Entries must constitute investigative reporting and public-affairs journalism. Entries are judged each Spring by a panel of experts. Successful nominations: (a) are investigative; (b) focus on political and public-affairs issues; (c) are of high quality; and (c) reflect courage in the reporting.

Deadline for entries is April 2nd , by 5:00 pm. Any work published for broadcast (print, radio, television, new media) can be nominated. There are two awards reflecting work published in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Authors may only apply for one award. Entries must be accompanied by a nomination form. If possible, create electronic documents (e.g., of stories) and email entries (including nomination forms) to: Dr. Jeffrey Robinson (jeffreyr@pdx.edu). Please include “Bruce Baer” in the email subject line. Otherwise, hard copies can be mailed directly to Dr. Robinson (postmarked by April 2nd)

Dr. Jeffrey Robinson
11206 SW 27 th Ave.
Portland, OR  97219

Bruce Baer Award