We are pleased to reveal this year’s Reveal Investigative Fellows. The program helps journalists of color hone their investigative skills while their news outlets benefit from their investigative work. The fellowship’s underlying goal is to increase the range of backgrounds, experiences and interests within the field of investigative journalism, where diverse perspectives are critically important. This fellowship, now in its second year, was made possible with generous support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Democracy Fund. It will include at least 12 fellows over three years, chosen based on their promise and the projects they want to pursue.

Meet the Fellows

James Barragán – The Dallas Morning News, Austin, Texas

Barragán will look into the experiences of immigrants living in the United States without authorization before and after Hurricane Harvey.

“I have always wanted to focus on investigative journalism. However, as the idea behind this fellowship shows, there are so few journalists of color working in that field. Too often, we get pigeonholed into having to write about ‘minority issues’ or ‘Latino affairs’ to capture the voices of our communities.”

Elida S. Perez – El Paso Times, El Paso, Texas

Perez will investigate whether overtime hours are being equitably distributed within the El Paso police and fire departments.

“This fellowship is a unique opportunity to be able to learn and cultivate the skills I believe will make me a more experienced investigative reporter.”

Amber C. Walker – The Capital Times, Madison, Wisconsin

Walker will look at the Madison Metropolitan School District’s efforts to diversify its advanced learning program.

“This will be one of my first investigative research projects, so I want to improve my skills to benefit the community. I hope this starts a conversation in Madison about access to and equity around Advanced Placement and honors opportunities for students of color.”

Gillian B. White – The Atlantic, Washington

White will investigate racial and economic disparities within diversion programs in the juvenile criminal justice system.

“This fellowship would provide me with the opportunity and guidance to complete a larger, deeper investigation than I have been able to thus far.”

Elly Yu – WABE, Atlanta

Yu will explore how Georgia’s immigrant detention centers operate.

“I believe investigative journalism is one of the most important – if not the most important – thing we do as journalists; keeping those in power accountable.”