Sept. 19, 2023
Today, we welcome 15 Class of 2024 National Fellows to New America. This class of National Fellows includes writers, filmmakers, and podcasters dedicated to enhancing conversations around the most pressing issues of our time.
This month serves as both an inflection and reflection point as we look forward to supporting the professional journey of this new class while also pausing to reflect on the impact made by last year’s class.
Since last September, the Class of 2023 has had a remarkable year. They published and produced work that will shape our understanding of a number of issues including crypto, inequality, Latino voters, and more.
We have compiled a list of highlights from their fellowship year. We hope you enjoy catching up on the work from the Class of 2023!
Highlights from the Class of 2023:
- Philip Bennett worked on his book, a biography on the celebrated foreign correspondent, Anthony Shadid, who died in Syria in 2012. He spoke about Shadid and his project at Arizona State University.
- Eula Biss was interviewed in the Believer and worked on her book about the politics of property ownership.
- Mona Chalabi received the Pulitzer Prize for her work in the New York Times examining Jeff Bezos’ wealth through illustrations and analysis.
- Zeke Faux wrote about Sam Bankman-Fried and FTX for Bloomberg. His book, Number Go Up, will be published this month and is excerpted in an article for Bloomeberg about spam texters.
- Tanisha C. Ford wrote a profile of Augusta Savage, a celebrated sculptor, who opened an art gallery for Black artists, in Town & Country. Her book, Our Secret Society, will be published in October.
- Emily Kassie worked on her documentary which will tell the story of the gruesome search for the remains of Indigenous children at a racially-segregated school in Canada.
- Khameer Kidia spoke at Arizona State University about the colonial origins of psychiatry and worked on his book on the same subject.
- Jenny Medina continued to write for the New York Times on politics and worked on her book about Latino voters.
- Ross Perlin reviewed Malcom Harris’s book, Palo Alto, for the Atlantic. He also worked on his book, Language City, about endangered languages in New York City which will be published in 2024.
- Jessica Pishko wrote about sheriffs in her newsletter and in other outlets. She also worked on her book, The Highest Law in the Land, which uses sheriffs to examine police abolition and racial justice.
- Joe Posner was hired to lead video for the new website Semafor and worked on a multimedia project about uplifting the voices of teenagers in important discussions for the future.
- Albert Samaha joined the Washington Post as an investigative sports reporter and worked on his book which will investigate wealth inequality in the 21st century.
- Rebecca L. Spang worked on her book, The Money of the Poor, about monetary difference and its effects on people.
- Xinyan Yu was selected for the Investigative Journalist Equity Initiative and worked on her documentary, Made in Ethiopia, which follows Chinese development in Africa.
- Jason Zengerle wrote about Tucker Carlson’s firing for the New York Times and worked on his book about Carlson and conservative media at-large.