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    • Sharon Lerner
    • Sharon Lerner is a reporting fellow with Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute covering environmental issues for the Intercept. Her work focuses on the way corporate pollution impacts ordinary Americans and failures within the environmental regulatory process. Her stories have been used in Congressional hearings, have helped lead the US Air Force to discontinue use of PFC-containing firefighting foam, and have helped get PFOA listed in the Stockholm Convention. Her investigation of chlorpyrifos was the first to lay out how the Trump Administration might reverse a long-awaited ban of the pesticide. Her stories have also appeared in the New York TimesThe Nation, and the Washington Post, among other publications.

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    • Christine MacDonald
    • Christine MacDonald is a Schell reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and is based in Washington, DC.  Early in her career, she worked in Mexico reporting for Dallas Morning News and Los Angeles Times and later spent a decade as a freelance reporter for the Boston Globe. She has also worked as a media trainer at the nonprofit group, Conservation International. Her work appears in newspapers, magazines, and online publications, from Alternet to the Washington Post. She's also the co-founder and co-editor of the DC Latino Culture blog, Hola Cultura.

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    • Dani McClain
    • Dani McClain is a contributing writer with The Nation. Her reporting and commentary on race, gender, policy and politics have appeared in outlets including SlateTalking Points MemoAl Jazeera AmericaColorlines, Ebony.com and Guernica. She reported on education while on staff at the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and covered breaking news for the Miami Herald's metro desk. For four years McClain served as a strategist and media director at ColorOfChange, the nation's largest online black political organization. She played a leading role in campaigns that resulted in civil rights victories, including the withdrawal of more than two dozen corporations from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). 

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    • Collier Meyerson
    • Collier Meyerson is a fellow at The Nation Institute, where she focuses on reporting about race and politics, and an investigative fellow at Reveal. She received an Emmy for her work on the MSNBC's All In with Chris Hayes and won the National Association of Black Journalists' 2016 award for online commentary. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Glamour, and MSNBC among others. Collier lives in Brooklyn.

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    • Pamela Newkirk
    • Pamela Newkirk is a Nation Institute fellow and a professor of journalism at New York University. She is the author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga and Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, which won the prestigious National Press Club Arthur Rouse Award for Media Criticism. She is also editor of Letters from Black America (Farrar, Straus & Giroux and Beacon Press), and A Love No Less: Two Centuries of African American Love Letters (Doubleday). Her articles on race, media, and African American art and culture have been published in numerous publications including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Nation, Artnews, Essence, and civil rights blog the Defenders Online.

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    • Katha Pollitt
    • Katha Pollitt is a Puffin Foundation Writing Fellow at The Nation Institute. Her most recent book, Pro: Reclaiming Abortion Rights, makes a powerful argument for abortion as a moral right and social good. She is the author of seven books, three of which are collections of political essays and columns: Reasonable Creatures (Vintage, 1995); Subject to Debate (Modern Library, 2001); and Virginity or Death! (Random House, 2006). The Mind-Body Problem: And Other Poems is a book of brilliant, poignant, and often funny poems that are full of surprises and originality, and Learning to Drive and Other Life Stories is a collection of personal essays (Random House, 2007).

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    • Eyal Press
    • Eyal Press is a Nation Institute fellow and a fellow at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers. He is a contributor to the New Yorker, the New York Times, The Nation and numerous other publications.  He is the author of Beautiful Souls, an exploration of what animates individual acts of courage and conscience in dangerous circumstances, and Absolute Convictions, a narrative account of the abortion wars that racked the city of Buffalo, NY, and the medical practice of his father. 

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    • Gary Rivlin
    • Long-time journalist Gary Rivlin is an Investigative Fund Fellow at The Nation Institute. A former New York Times reporter, he is the author of six books, including, most recently, Katrina: After the Flood, which the New York Times, NPR, and USA Today, among others, selected as a best book of the year in 2015. His book Fire on the Prairie: Chicago's Harold Washington and the Politics of Race prompted the late Studs Terkel to compare him to I.F. Stone and write, "Rivlin saw clearly what other journalists were blind to, and reported what they had non-reported." Rivlin is also the author of Broke, USA: From Pawnshops to Poverty, Inc. — How the Working Poor Became Big Business, which the New Yorker's James Surowiecki described as a "blistering new investigation of the subprime economy."

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    • Mychal Denzel Smith
    • Mychal Denzel Smith is a Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute and blogger for TheNation.com. He is the author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education (Nation Books 2016). As a freelance writer, social commentator, and mental health advocate, his work has been seen online in outlets such as the Atlantic, Salon, Al Jazeera English, Gawker, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Root, the Grio, and GOOD.

      His writing covers a range of topics, including but not limited to race, politics, social justice, pop culture, hip-hop, mental health, feminism, and black male identity, particularly for millennials in the age of Obama.

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    • Nick Turse
    • Nick Turse is a fellow at The Nation Institute, an investigative reporter, the managing editor of The Nation Institute's TomDispatch and the co-founder of Dispatch Books. He is the author, most recently, of Tomorrow's Battlefield: U.S. Proxy Wars and Secret Ops in Africa as well as the New York Times bestseller Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, which received a 2014 American Book Award. Turse was the recipient of a Ridenhour Prize at the National Press Club in April 2009 for his years-long investigation of mass civilian slaughter by US troops in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta, in 1968-1969, during Operation Speedy Express.

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    • Seth Freed Wessler
    • Seth Freed Wessler is a Puffin Fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute whose work focuses on immigration, criminal justice, health and inequality. Seth has reported for The Nation, This American Life, ProPublica, Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting, and Elle magazine. He was previously an enterprise reporter for NBC News and a staff reporter for Colorlines.com. Seth received a Soros media fellowship and was a visiting scholar at New York University's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. He's been awarded a Hillman Prize and the NYU Reporting Award.

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    • Ali Winston
    • Ali Winston is a reporting fellow with The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute and covers criminal justice and surveillance. His reporting has appeared in a number of regional and national outlets and received awards from the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, the National Association of Black Journalists, and the Society of Professional Journalists. Originally from New York, Ali is a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of California, Berkeley. He is based in Oakland, California.

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    • Gary Younge
    • Gary Younge, Alfred Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, is an award-winning columnist for the Guardian and The Nation and an acclaimed author. His most recent book is Another Day in the Death of America: A Chronicle of Ten Short Lives which won the J. Anthony Lukas Prize. In 2009 he won the British James Cameron award for his coverage of the 2008 presidential election. His previous books include The Speech: The Story Behing Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s DreamWho Are We — and Should it Matter in the 21st Century?, Stranger in a Strange Land: Encounters in the Disunited States, and No Place Like Home: A Black Briton's Journey Through the American South. Formerly the Belle Zeller visiting professor of public policy and social administration at Brooklyn College, CUNY, he has two honorary degrees from British universities.

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