Meet the Finalists for NYPL’s Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism

By NYPL Staff
March 15, 2022

Updated April 18, 2022: The New York Public Library announced today that Andrea Elliott is the winner of the 2022 Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism for her powerful book Invisible Child: Poverty, Survival and Hope in an American City published by Penguin Random House. 

Stack of books on a table in front of a bookshelf with titles that include: Planet Palm, Made in China, The End of Bias, Invisible Child.

The New York Public Library

For the past 35 years, The New York Public Library has selected five finalist books for the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism. The Bernstein Award recognizes works written by working journalists that raise awareness about current events or issues of global or national significance.

This year's finalists are: 

All books nominated were published in 2021 and the finalists were selected by a ten-person Library Review Committee, which read over 100 books submitted by publishers. When five nominees are chosen, a six-person committee of journalists determines the winner. That individual will receive a $15,000 cash prize. Previous winners of the award include Masha Gessen, Anand Giridharadas, George Packer, and Nina Bernstein.  

The Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism was established in 1987 through a gift from Joseph Frank Bernstein, in honor of journalist Helen Bernstein Fealy.

All book descriptions were provided by the publishers.

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