Because of his commitment to the Protection of Civil Liberties, Nathan endowed the Collier Journalism Prize for State Government Accountability through the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communication. The $25,000 prize is one of the largest journalism prizes in the nation. The prize was endowed in 2019 and is awarded annually at the White House Correspondents Dinner. Nathan created this prize to honor his late great-granduncle Peter Fenelon Collier who was the founder of Collier’s Weekly – a popular news publication founded in 1888. Collier’s Weekly was renowned for its purposeful expositions on government corruption, and it quickly became a highly circulated magazine which was known for its trailblazing efforts in investigative journalism. Nathan established the Collier Prize for State Government Accountability in the hopes that it will encourage the same kind of “muckraking journalism” to hold today’s government officials and civil servants accountable and aid in the continuance of needed social reform.
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