The Alicia Patterson Foundation
2022 Fellowship Winners
Final Judges for the 57th Annual Competition:
Sandy Close – founder Ethnic Media Services, Pacific News Service and New America Media
Eric Ferrero – director, Fund for Investigative Journalism
Erika Hayasaki – associate professor, U.C. Irvine Literary Journalism Program and APF’18
Janice Rhoshalle Littlejohn – associate director, Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities; instructor at USC’s Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism
For Immediate Release. Contact: 202-246-3751
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Eight accomplished journalists will pursue topics ranging from America’s unacknowledged caregivers to the undocumented people stranded in hospitals as the newest recipients of an Alicia Patterson Foundation grant. The foundation, in its fifth decade, funds American journalism’s oldest writing fellowships.
The annual fellowships foster independent, in-depth reporting on local, national and international topics. The fellowships were established in 1965 in memory of Alicia Patterson, who was editor and publisher of Newsday for nearly twenty-three years before her death in 1963.
The Fellows are awarded $40,000 for a 12-month grant and $20,000 for a six-month grant.
The new Fellows will spend their fellowship months traveling, researching and writing articles on their projects for the APF REPORTER, an online magazine. Each year, the Fellows’ articles and photo essays are distributed widely through websites, newspapers, magazines and news services worldwide. Fellows’ articles often are published jointly with outside news outlets and have resulted in many national awards.
The winners were selected through a competitive process. The foundation is especially interested in receiving proposals from applicants of color.
More than 438 reporters, photographers and editors have won Alicia Patterson fellowships since the foundation was established. The foundation’s directors named one Fellow in honor of Josephine Patterson Albright, who was a major benefactor of the foundation. The Josephine Patterson Albright fellow is Robert Chaney, who is researching the manipulation of nature on public lands.
This is the eighth year a fellow will be named for Cissy Patterson, who was Alicia Patterson’s aunt and editor of the Washington Times-Herald. The fellowship is given to a journalist pursing a topic in science or the environment. Betsy Mason, who examining the changing perceptions of humans and animals, will hold that title in the coming year.
For program information for the 58th annual competition, please see www.aliciapatterson.org. Apply online at: https://aliciapatterson.awardsplatform.com
Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2022.
Dom Phillips 1964-2022
It is with great sadness that the Foundation acknowledges the death of Dom Phillips, who was researching solutions to protect the Amazon under his Alicia Patterson fellowship.
Former APF fellow James Ridgeway (APF – 2014) died Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C.
James Ridgeway Former APF fellow James Ridgeway (APF’ 2014) died Feb. 13 in Washington, D.C. A hard-hitting reporter, he exposed the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis
The Passing of Bonnie Angelo
Bonnie Angelo, a longtime judge for APF competitions and a protegé of Alicia Patterson, died this week. She was an accomplished journalist, for Time Magazine