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Christopher J. Welles Memorial Prize

The Welles Prize honors the memory of Christopher J. Welles, a former director of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship, who was considered “the premier business writer” from the 1960s to the 1980s for his penetrating accounts of “shenanigans, abuses and downfalls.” It is awarded annually for an outstanding business or financial story or series by a Knight-Bagehot alum.

2021 Winner

Natalie Obiko Pearson

Natalie Obiko Pearson, a senior reporter and Vancouver bureau chief for Bloomberg News and a Knight-Bagehot Class of 2009 fellow, was awarded the 2021 Christopher J. Welles Memorial Prize for her outstanding stories that covered a wide range of topics, including race, technology and philanthropy. Pearson examined the spike in anti-Asian hate crime and its link to the economics of the housing market, looked at how China’s Huawei gained its foothold in the race for 5G technology and chronicled the dramatic rise and fall of a major global charity.

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