Lantigua shared the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Goldsmith Prize from Harvard’s Kennedy School for the Miami Herald’s reports on a tainted mayoral election.

In 2002, he shared a National Magazine Award and The Overseas Press Club Award for his work with Newsweek covering the presence in Florida of the 9/11 hijackers.

In both 2004 and 2006 he won the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Prize and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Award for Investigative Reporting for his work on migrant laborers in the United States (2004) and on the dangerous misuse of pesticides in the fields of Florida (2006).

The National Association of Hispanic Journalists

jlantiguaAccepting the award for print investigative news for a yearlong series about the dangers of pesticides to farm workers, John Lantigua thanked the undocumented workers who, he explained, “had to look into our eyes and say ‘Should we trust these people to tell them what we know?’ ” Lantigua was part of a team from the Palm Beach Post that also included Christine Evans and Christine Stapleton.


Lantigua was an Edgar Award nominee for his debut novel, Heat Lightning, a  Shamus award nominee for his Willie Cuesta short story, The Jungle, published in the anthology And the Dying is Easy, and winner of the the 2008 International Latino Book Award for Best Mystery for The Lady from Buenos Aires.