NYU's Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named Jeff Winkler, a Nashville-based writer, video anchor, and documentary producer, the winner of its Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award.
New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named Jeff Winkler, a Nashville-based writer, video anchor, and documentary producer, the winner of its Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award.
The Institute also named Alison Stine, an Ohio-based writer, journalist, and artist, as the award’s runner-up.AThe Carter Institute established the award in the fall of 2014 to commemorate the life and work of journalist Matthew Power (1974-2014). Given annually and funded by over 650 separate donations, it provides $12,500 to a young journalist researching an important story that illuminates the human condition. As the 2017 runner-up, Stine will receive $2,500 in support.
“Jeff Winkler is a bold, inventive young writer who can find the comic in the serious,” says Carter Journalism Institute Professor Ted Conover, a friend of Power’s who coordinated the judging. “And we’re delighted to award money to Ali Stine as our first-ever runner-up. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we expect to continue the runner-up award going forward."
Winkler was previously a writer-at-large at Texas Monthly in Austin. His work has appeared in Playboy, Vice, Oxford American, Pacific Standard, and elsewhere. Winkler will use the Power Award to research and write an immersive piece about law enforcement and criminal justice.
Stine’s most recent book, The Protectors (Little A, 2016), is a graffiti novella. She has written for the Atlantic, the Nation, the Toast, the Rumpus, Reuters, and many others; in 2016, she was awarded a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts for nonfiction. She will use her award to research and write about police corruption and justice in a small Appalachian town.
The Carter Journalism Institute, which hosts and administers the prize, received over 100 applications for this year’s award. Applications for next year's competition may be submitted starting in November.
Power was an established freelance writer who contributed to such publications as GQ, Harper’s Magazine, Men’s Journal, National Geographic Adventure, and the New York Times. He also worked in broadcast journalism. Power was a three-time finalist for the Livingston Award for Young Journalists in international reporting. His work was frequently featured in annual anthologies such as Best American Travel Writing and Best American Spiritual Writing. Power died on March 10, 2014, while accompanying the explorer Levison Wood, who was trying to become the first person to walk the entire length of the Nile River. Wood completed the journey in August 2014.
For details on the award, please visit the Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award's web page.