The 2014-2015 fellowship recipients are:
Sierra Crane-Murdoch, who covers rural and indigenous communities in the American West for The Atlantic and for High Country News, where she was a staff writer and is now a contributing editor. Her recent work as a 2013 National Health Journalism Fellow chronicled an unexplained childhood cancer cluster and the way a community coped with scientific uncertainties. As an IRP fellow, she will return to North Dakota, where she has reported on the Bakken oil boom since 2011, to investigate conflicts on a Native American reservation at the boom’s center.
Steve Fisher, an alumni of the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism and an investigative journalist focusing on U.S.-Mexico relations. He has written for the National Geographic, New America Media and Fusion. In 2013, he was a Human Rights Fellow at Berkeley law, where he worked with the ACLU to investigate a little-known Border Patrol program facilitating mass-incarceration of undocumented migrants. Fisher most recently produced the award-winning documentary, “Silent River,” in which a family defies death threats to combat the pollution of one of the most contaminated rivers in Mexico.
Anabel Hernandez, one of Mexico’s leading investigative journalists. She has worked on national dailies including Reforma, Milenio, El Universal and its investigative supplement La Revista. Her book Narcoland: The Mexican Drug Lords and Their Godfathers has been a bestseller in Mexico for three years and has just been translated and published in the U.S. Her previous books include La familia presidencial, Fin de fiesta en los pinos, and Los cómplices del presidente. Hernández became a journalist after her father was kidnapped and killed and the police refused to investigate without a bribe.
David Montero, an Emmy-nominated documentary producer and journalist whose work appears regularly on PBS Frontline. Between 2004 and 2011, Montero was a foreign correspondent in South Asia for The Christian Science Monitor and PBS Frontline/World. He is writing a book about the devastating consequences of Western corporate bribery in the developing world, highlighting how bribes undermine human rights and fuel conflict and political instability. Entitled Black Money, it will be published by Viking/Penguin.
This year’s fellowships are made possible by a core grant from the Sandler Foundation, along with donations from Scott and Jennifer Fearon, Margaret and Will Hearst, and Peter Wiley.