Alicia Patterson Foundation - Fellowships and grants to journalists

Awarding fellowships to journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest and skepticism that will benefit the public.

Noé Montes is based in Southern California and creates documentary work around a social issue or geographic location. He uses the work as a tool for community engagement through exhibits, workshops, and community dialogues. During his Patterson fellowship, Noé examined the lives of farm workers in the Coachella Valley.

Current Fellows  2024

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Chandra Bozelko

“The Deadly Racial Impact of Prison Discipline”

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Lee Hawkins

“Unlocking the Gates: Investigating Real Estate Discrimination Against Black Families in America’s Suburbs”

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David Kortava

“The Amazon’s Tipping Point: Humanity’s Last Chance to Save the World’s Largest Rainforest”

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Roxanne Scott

“After Decades of Disinvestment, Black Neighborhoods in NYC Feel the Brunt of the Climate Crisis”

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Bill Spindle

“Energy Transition in a Warming World.”

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Anna Louie Sussman

“Worldwide Reproduction Problems”

In September 2023, the second xenotransplantation of a genetically-modified pig heart into a living human patient was performed by surgeons at the University of Maryland Medical Center. Due to the risks of xenotransplantation, researchers have become increasingly interested in testing the procedure in brain-dead subjects. Visual: University of Maryland School of Medicine

The Allure and Dangers of Experimenting With Brain-Dead Bodies

For scientists who perform medical research on the recently deceased, there are few regulatory or ethical guardrails. This article, written by Jyoti Madhusoodanan, is based on her 2023 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship research on human experiments and greater openness behind

Fadil Muqolli’s home, where 53 people, including his wife and children, were killed by grenades and bullets. (Diana Markosian for The Washington Post)

In Kosovo, War Survivors Turned Homes Into Their Own Museums

This article, by APF fellow Nina Strochlic, first appeared in the Washington Post on February 21, 2024. It was supported by her research for her APF fellowship. POKLEK, Kosovo — Fadil Muqolli has spent more than two decades trying to

Hargeysa, the capital city of Somaliland. (Mustafa Saeed/Noema Magazine)

A Country Shaped By Poetry

This article, by APF fellow Nina Strochlic, first appeared in the Noēma Magazine on February 21, 2024. It was supported by her research for her APF fellowship. Hargeysa, the capital city of Somaliland. (Mustafa Saeed/Noema Magazine) Somaliland’s poets have toppled

US push to turn farm manure into renewable energy draws concerns

AMES, IOWA – In a gathering that drew the attendance of both farmers and Wall Street financiers, US regulators joined with oil giant Chevron at a November conference here to promote what backers promise will be a monumental breakthrough –

Mary Klipp, a retired medical social worker in San Francisco, considers cleaning up God’s Earth a form of prayer. Photo credit: Josh Klipp

Pope’s Environmental Stand Splits Catholics

The ecological concern Pope Francis has sparked among Catholics –and resistance to it– reflect how the faithful are split over the climate emergency, the role of capitalism, and where 1.3 billion global Catholics should put their money and clout. Powerful

Our Lady of Guadalupe church in San Diego, CA

Fractured Worship

The small congregation of Roman Catholic women gathered for Mass not in a church but a living room, with a woman presider rather than a male priest. After the homily, each of the women offered a brief reflection.  They took

Women demonstrate in favor of female ordination at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. PHOTO BY SOPHIA GUIDA.

Sign of Catholic Divide – Women Want a Bigger Role in the Church

The small congregation prayed, sang, and listened to readings from scripture as any other Roman Catholics might do at Mass, rendering particular reverence at the moment of consecration, when the faithful believe bread and wine become the body and blood

People battle a blaze next to an oil well in the Al-Hasakah province. DELIL SOULEIMAN//Getty Images

The Inside Story of How Trump ‘Kept the Oil’ in Syria and Lost

This article, by APF fellow Kenneth R. Rosen, first appeared in The Daily Beast on May 21, 2021. It was supported by his research for his APF fellowship. Delil Souleiman/Getty The mind-blowingly ambitious plan would have seen Delta Crescent, a