43rd Annual Competition Fellowships Winners for 2008

The Alicia Patterson Foundation

2008 Fellowship Winners

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William M. Adler

Freelance writer, Denver, CO

“The Life and Legacy of Joe Hill”

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Carole Bass

Freelance writer, New Haven, CT

“How Toxic Chemicals are Slowly Poisoning American Workers”

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Jeff Fleischer

Freelance writer, Deerfield, IL

“The Evacuation of Tuvalu”

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Daniel Grossman

Freelance writer/multimedia journalist

“Dispatches from Global Warming’s Hotspots”

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Stephanie Hanes

Freelance writer, Potomac, MD

“The Challenges of American Aid in Africa”

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Brenda Ann Kenneally

Freelance photographer, Brooklyn, NY

“Upstate Girls: What Became of Collar City?”

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Jon Lowenstein

Freelance photographer, Chicago, IL

“Shadow Lives, USA”

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Rhonda Roumani

Freelance writer, Boston, MA

“Generation Jihad: The Struggle of a New Generation in the Arab World”

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Tomas van Houtryve

Freelance photographer, Paris, France

“The Changing Face of Communism”


WASHINGTON, D.C. — Nine journalists have been selected to receive American journalism’s oldest writing fellowship, an Alicia Patterson Foundation grant. Recipients spend their fellowship months traveling, researching, and writing articles on their projects for the APF REPORTER, a quarterly magazine published by the Foundation and available via Web site. Fellows’ articles and photo essays are reprinted in newspapers, magazines, and websites worldwide.

Fellows are paid $40,000 for a 12-month grant and $20,000 for a six-month grant.

The winners were selected through a highly competitive process of screening by two panels of judges, as well as submitting detailed proposals, examples of past work, and references. This year’s final judging was held in Washington, D.C. at the historic former home of publisher Cissy Patterson, who was Alicia Patterson’s aunt.

More than 255 reporters, editors, and photographers have won Alicia Patterson fellowships since the foundation was established in 1965 to honor the former publisher of Newsday.

The trustees of the foundation increased the yearly stipend by $5,000 this year. They also named one fellow in honor of Josephine Patterson Albright, who was a major benefactor of the foundation. The Josephine Patterson Albright fellow is Jon Lowenstein, a freelance photographer from Chicago, Ill.

Judges for the 43rd annual competition included:

Sandy Close, founder, New California Media

Dion Haynes, reporter, The Washington Post

Robert Keeler, editorial writer, Newsday

John Margolies, freelance photographer, author and APF Fellow 2003

Joel Millman, reporter, The Wall Street Journal and APF Fellow 1995

The Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship program for journalists was 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. One-year grants of $40,000 and six-month grants of $20,000 are awarded to working print journalists to pursue independent projects of significant interest and to write articles based on their investigations for the APF Reporter, a web magazine published quarterly by the Foundation at www.aliciapatterson.org.

For program information and applications for the 44th annual competition, contact:

Alicia Patterson Foundation
1025 F St. NW, Suite 700
Washington, DC 20004.
Phone: (202) 393-5995

Application materials and instructions may be downloaded from our website at: www.aliciapatterson.org/APF_Application/APF_Application.html.

Applications must be postmarked by October 1, 2008.

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.