59th Annual Competition Fellowship Winners for 2024

The Alicia Patterson Foundation

2024 Fellowship Winners

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Chandra Bozelko

Columnist, The National Memo; freelance journalist
Orange, CT.

“The Deadly Racial Impact of Prison Discipline”

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Lee Hawkins

Freelance journalist
New York, N.Y.

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

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David Kortava

Editor, Foreign Affairs; contributor, The New Yorker
Bogotá, Colombia

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

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Roxanne Scott

Freelance journalist
Rosedale, N.Y.

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

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Bill Spindle

Global correspondent, Cipher News
New York, N.Y.

“Energy Transition in a Warming World.”

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Anna Louie Sussman

Freelance journalist
New York, N.Y.

“Worldwide Reproduction Problems”

Final Judges for the 59th Annual Competition:


Sandy Close – founder Ethnic Media Services, Pacific News Service and New America Media

Louis Freedbergd – director, Advancing Education Success Initiative; former executive director, EdSource, APF Fellow ’99

Laura Parker – Washington-based writer, editor, co-author and APF Fellow ’96

Dr. Czerne M. Reid – Instructional Associate Professor, U. of Florida; founder of The Science Writers Mentor Academy

Kristal Brent Zook – author and professor of journalists at Hofstra University, APF Fellow ‘2005

For Immediate Release. Contact: 202-246-3751

Washington, D.C. – Six urgent reporting projects will be undertaken in the coming year by accomplished journalists, the latest recipients of an Alicia Patterson grant. Their topics range from pressures on women’s reproduction worldwide to housing discrimination in America’s suburbs.

The foundation, in its sixth decade, funds American journalism’s oldest writing fellowships. The grants foster independent, in-depth reporting on local, national and international topics. The foundation was established in 1965 in honor of Alicia Patterson, who was editor and publisher of Newsday for nearly twenty-three years before her death in 1963. Fellows are awarded $20,000 for six-month grants and $40,000 for year-long grants.

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 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 policy changes and national awards.

The winning proposals were selected through a competitive process. The foundation is especially interested in receiving proposals from applicants of color.

More than 452 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 Lee Hawkins, who is researching real estate discrimination in America.

This is the tenth 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. David Kortava, who is examining the peril of climate disaster in the Amazon, is the Cissy Patterson fellow for 2024.

For more information on the 60th annual competition, please see www.aliciapatterson.org. Apply online at: https://aliciapatterson.awardsplatform.com

Applications must be submitted by October 1, 2024.


Dominic Phillips

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.