Anand Gopal, Aicha Elbasri, James Risen, and Laura Poitras were the 2015 recipients of the twelfth annual Ridenhour Prizes.
Elbasri will be honored for exposing the failure of the UN's peacekeeping mission in Darfur.
Gopal will be honored for his book, No Good Men Among the Living: America, the Taliban, and the war through Afghan Eyes.
Risen will be honored for his years of fearless reporting and his selfless defense of the First Amendment.
The film, directed by Laura Poitras, captures a seminal moment in American history as Edward Snowden hands over documents exposing the scope of the NSA's surveillance state.
Rabbi Beerman, a dear friend of The Nation Institute and a lifelong advocate of social justice and peace, died last month at the age of 93.
Piven is being honored for her commitment to poor and working people and for her work in bridging the worlds of academia and activism to advance humanizing social policy reform.