WHAT: Virtual fundraiser supporting the nonprofit Poynter Institute

EVENT TYPE: Online fundraiser

WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021

TIME: VIP Reception — 6:30 p.m. Eastern

Celebration of Journalism — 7 p.m. Eastern


Poynter’s largest fundraising gala of the year

Join us at our virtual Celebration of Journalism on Nov. 10 and be immersed in an evening of poignant storytelling featuring special appearances from celebrity journalists, rare performances, glimpses inside award-winning newsrooms and stories of journalism’s critical role in a democratic society. We will also honor the distinguished career of Lesley Stahl, award-winning broadcast journalist and “60 Minutes” correspondent for CBS News.

We’ll toast the First Amendment and call for the teaching, practice, promotion and advocacy of ethical, independent reporting for all. Together, we’ll uplift the quality of journalism to strengthen and sustain local news, elevate diverse voices in newsrooms and connect journalists and the citizens they serve. 


2021 recipient of the Poynter Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism 

Award-winning Broadcast Journalist
CBS News, 60 Minutes

Lesley Stahl in her “60 Minutes” office in New York in Sept. 2017.

Each year, Poynter presents its Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Journalism to an accomplished journalist whose career has made a significant impact on democracy and its institutions. Citizens have turned to Lesley Stahl for more than five decades for tough, but fair reporting marked by political scoops, investigations, surprising features and foreign reporting. 

Stahl has been an advocate for democracy throughout her rich career as she covered groundbreaking stories from health care and climate change to Watergate and the Jan. 6 insurrection. She continues to draw industry admiration and enormous numbers of viewers for her historic interviews with world leaders, including last year’s landmark report with then-President Donald Trump. 

Stahl entered her 30th season of America’s most-watched Sunday TV program, “60 Minutes,” this September. Through the years, Stahl’s commitment to honest, independent journalism earned her numerous awards and accolades including 15 Emmys with one for Lifetime Achievement, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Founders Award for Journalistic Excellence from the International Center for Journalists and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Silver Baton.

Prior to joining “60 Minutes” in 1991, Stahl served as a CBS News White House correspondent during the Carter and Reagan presidencies and the first half of George H. W. Bush’s presidency. Her reports appeared frequently on “CBS Evening News,” first with Walter Cronkite and then with Dan Rather. During that time, Stahl also served as moderator of “Face the Nation” from 1983 to 1991, interviewing newsmakers like Margaret Thatcher, Boris Yeltsin, Yasser Arafat and nearly every top U.S. official. She was co-host of “America Tonight” with Charles Kuralt from 1990 to 1991. Stahl started in local news as a reporter in Boston. She graduated from Wheaton College.

She is also the author of two best-selling books, “Reporting Live,” which recounts her 20 years covering Washington as first woman to serve as a CBS News White House correspondent, and most recently “Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting.”

Stahl will join an esteemed roster of Poynter Medal recipients.


Global nonprofit leader in journalism advancement, fact-checking and media literacy

Poynter adjunct faculty Tom Huang leads Poynter's most competitive program, Power of Diverse Voices: Minority Writers Workshop.

The Poynter Institute was founded more than 45 years ago by Nelson Poynter, the then-owner and editor of the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times. Poynter created a school to train professional journalists and elevate the craft. Upon his death, in an exceptional act of vision and philanthropy that ensured the independence of his beloved local paper, Poynter bequeathed ownership of the now Tampa Bay Times to the school.

Today, the institute still owns the paper while having grown into a nonprofit global leader in journalism education. Poynter trains tens of thousands of journalists, educators and students around the world in person and online each year. Clients include CBS, NBC, Univision, ESPN, NPR, Gannett, McClatchy and TEGNA newsrooms, and numerous local TV stations, community newspapers and digital news sites. 

Poynter also operates three fact-checking enterprises: the Pulitzer Prize-winning PolitiFact, the International Fact-Checking Network, and a digital news literacy program called MediaWise that teaches teens, seniors and first-time voters to tell fact from fiction online. In addition, Poynter is the home of the Craig Newmark Center for Ethics and Leadership at Poynter, a resource for journalists and citizens to navigate today’s complex media landscape.

The Poynter Medal was created to celebrate journalism and Poynter’s legacy.


Proceeds enable Poynter to defend democracy, seek the truth and elevate journalism

  • VIP Ticket: $350

Includes a deluxe gift box, access to a private VIP reception featuring our guest of honor and an audience Q&A, and a household ticket to the celebration.

  • Ticket to Celebrate Journalism and Democracy: Suggested Minimum Donation of $50
  • General Admission: Free 

If you’re not able to attend our celebration of journalism and would like to make a donation in lieu of attendance, please click here.


Sponsorships advance journalism and strengthen democracy

When you sponsor the virtual Celebration of Journalism, you help advance and preserve journalism’s role in a free society through Poynter’s critical mission and cutting-edge programs that set the standards for the industry’s future. Click here to see our sponsorship opportunities.