Lipman Center Announces 2023 Fellowship Winners

April 12, 2023

The Ira A. Lipman Center for Journalism and Civil and Human Rights is proud to announce its 2023 fellowship winners, journalists who will pursue reporting on issues of inequity and human or civil rights abuses.

The fellows were selected from a diverse group of candidates who exemplify the center’s mission of informing and shaping the way we cover race, gender, and civil and human rights.

The $10,000 fellowship recipients are: 

Caroline Tracey, climate justice fellow for High Country News, editor-at-large for Zócalo Public Square, and affiliate researcher at Southwest Center, University of Arizona, for a project that investigates how a forensics team is working to identify and repatriate the remains of migrants who died in Texas after crossing the U.S. border.

William Melhado, reporter for the Texas Tribune, for a project on homelessness and discrimination of LGBTQ+ teens, primarily Black and Latino, in Texas.

The recipient of a $5,000 grant  is:

Katie Rose Quandt, an independent journalist who has written for The Atlantic, The Nation, Slate, Vice, Guardian, Mother Jones, Rolling Stone, for a project that examines the discriminatory practice of probation detainers.

“We are thrilled with this new cohort of fellows. Their work is poised to bring attention to crucial issues relating to immigration, LGBTQ+ rights and the criminal justice system. They represent an important addition to the Center’s contributions in the area of civil and human rights journalism,” said Jelani Cobb, Dean and Henry Luce Professor of Journalism. 

The Lipman Center convenes leaders in journalism and civil and human rights, and conducts research around social justice issues. The center enhances the academic experience of current journalism school students by contributing to curricula design and developing student activities inspired by the center’s work. At the heart of the center’s mission is the establishment of the annual Ira A. Lipman Fellowship intended to produce significant civil and human rights reportage. The center also administers the Initiative in Reporting on Race and Criminal Justice, a reporting project for local newsrooms to investigate systemic racism in the criminal justice system.