Jeremy Scahill, Nation Books author and Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute, is one of nine recipients of the Donald Windham Sandy M. Campbell literature prizes at Yale University. The prizes recognize emerging and established writers for outstanding achievement in fiction, non-fiction, and drama. A ceremony conferring the awards will take place at Yale on September 10. In addition to a citation and award, winners of the Windham Campbell Prizes receive an unrestricted grant of $150,000 to support their writing.
The endowment for the prizes comes from the estate of the novelist Donald Windham, who died in 2010, and his lifelong partner Sandy M. Campbell. The inagural winners include James Salter, Zoë Wicomb, and Tom McCarthy in fiction; Jonny Steinberg, Adina Hoffman, and Jeremy Scahill in nonfiction; and Naomi Wallace, Stephen Adly Guirgis, and Tarell Alvin McCraney in drama. According to the New York Times, "The awards are among the largest literary prizes in the world and are meant to recognize writers at all stages of their careers."
Jeremy Scahill's journalism career has taken him to countless locations around the globe, tracking down the most important foreign policy stories of our time. As the National Security Correspondent for the Nation magazine and author of the international bestseller Blackwater (Nation Books, 2007), Scahill has reported from Afghanistan, Iraq, Somalia, Nigeria, Yemen, and the former Yugoslavia. Scahill's work has sparked several Congressional investigations and won some of journalism's highest honors. He was twice awarded the prestigious George Polk Award, in 1998 for foreign reporting and in 2008 for Blackwater.
Scahill will release his highly anticipated second book, Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield, also from Nation Books, this April. In addition, the documentary film of the same name made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in January, recieving substiantial critical praise and a major theatrical release deal with Sundance Selects / IFC Films. The film's director Richard Rowley won the Sundance Cinematography Award for US Documentary.
YaleNews quotes Scahill's prize citation, "Jeremy Scahill's investigative reporting is in the best tradition of speaking truth to power, waging a political campaign by journalistic means, indefatigable in its detail and international in outlook."
You can watch the prize announcement here; just click "play" below.
For more information about Scahill's work, visit dirtywars.org.