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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 failures within the environmental regulatory process and the way corporate pollution impacts ordinary Americans. Her stories have been used in Congressional hearings, have helped lead to lawsuits of the US Air Force over the 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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    • 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 Knobler Fellow at The Nation Institute, where she focuses on reporting about race and politics. 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, PhD, is a Nation Institute fellow and a professor of journalism at New York University. Her articles examining race and African American portrayals have been published in leading publications including the New York Times, the Washington PostThe Nation and the Guardian. She is the author of Spectacle: The Astonishing Life of Ota Benga and Within the Veil: Black Journalists, White Media, among works.

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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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    • Sarah Posner
    • Sarah Posner is a fellow at The Nation Institute, an investigative journalist, and an author covering religion and politics. Her work with the Investigative Fund, most recently focusing on the religious right, the alt-right, and the Trump presidency, has appeared in Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, New Republic, The Nation, and other publications. Posner is also the author of God's Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters (Polipoint Press), which she wrote with the support of The Nation Institute.

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    • Eyal Press
    • Eyal Press is a Puffin Fellow at The Nation Institute and a 2018 Andrew Carnegie Fellow. 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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    • Dax-Devlon Ross
    • Dax-Devlon Ross is a fellow at The Nation Institute, the author of five books, and an award-winning investigative journalist who covers social and criminal justice.

      His work has appeared in Time and the New York Times, along with many other prominent publications, and been nominated for the Hillman Prize and the Molly National Journalism Prize. In 2015, he was awarded the National Association of Black Journalist’s Investigative Reporting Award for his coverage of jury exclusion in North Carolina courts.

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    • Mychal Denzel Smith
    • Mychal Denzel Smith is a fellow at The Nation Institute. He is the New York Times bestselling author of Invisible Man, Got the Whole World Watching: A Young Black Man's Education (Nation Books 2016) and a 2017 NAACP Image Award Nominee.

      His work has appeared online and in print for publications such as the Washington Post, New Republic, New York Times Book Review, The Nation, the Atlantic, Paris Review, Complex, GQ, Guernica, Literary Hub, Pitchfork, Buzzfeed, the Guardian, and many others.


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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, the co-founder of Dispatch Books, and a contributing writer at The Intercept. He is the author or co-author of seven books, most recently Next Time They’ll Come to Count the Dead: War and Survival in South Sudan, which was a finalist for the 2016 Investigative Reporters and Editors book award, and the New York Times bestseller Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam, which received a 2014 American Book Award.

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    • Tanzina Vega
    • Tanzina Vega is an Eisner Fellow at the Nation Institute and the host of WNYC's The Takeaway, a nationally-syndicated public radio news program.

      Vega is a journalist and a speaker on issues of race, media, and inequality in the United States. She is the author of the forthcoming book Uppity, about American women of color, and was most recently a Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton University.

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    • Seth Freed Wessler
    • Seth Freed Wessler is an investigative reporter based in New York, a Puffin Fellow at The Investigative Fund at The Nation Institute, and a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. His work focuses on immigration, criminal justice, health and inequality.

      Seth has reported for the New York Times Magazine, The Nation, This American Life, ProPublica, Reveal/Center for Investigative Reporting, and Elle magazine. He has won numerous awards including the Hillman Prize, The John Bartlow Martin Award, and the Izzy Award, among honors.

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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 2018 he was awarded feature writer of the year at the Society of Editors Press Awards in Britain and feature of the year at the Amnesty Media Awards. In 2015 he was awarded the David Nyhan prize for political journalism from The Shrenstein Centre for Media, Politics and Public Policy from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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