The Carter Journalism Institute has named two recipients of its 2020 Reporting Award: Maddy Crowell and Casey Parks.

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New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute has named two recipients of its 2020 Reporting Award: Maddy Crowell, whose work has been anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2019, and Casey Parks, who penned a three-part series that was included in The Best American Newspaper Narratives.    

The award, established in 2009, supports works of journalism in any medium on significant underreported subjects in the public interest.

Stephen D. Solomon, Marjorie Deane Professor of Journalism and chair of the award committee, notes that many journalists need financial assistance in order to engage in enterprise reporting projects.

“The new round of layoffs at news organizations because of the Covid-19 pandemic means that resources are increasingly stretched too thin to do in-depth reporting on issues of importance to the public,” he said. “The Reporting Award does a small part in filling that need.”  

Maddy Crowell
Maddy Crowell is a freelance magazine journalist based in New York City. Her work has appeared in Harper’s, the Atlantic, and Slate, among others. Her story, “The Great Divide,” about India’s new railway into its disputed territory of Kashmir, was anthologized in The Best American Travel Writing 2019. Prior to moving to New York in 2016, Crowell lived in New Delhi, India, working as an intern at Caravan magazine and freelancing across the country. She has reported around the world, including Africa, Asia, and Europe. Her work has been supported by the Overseas Press Club, the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Heinrich Boll Stiftung, Round Earth Media, and the Fund for Investigative Journalism. 

Born and raised in Chicago, Crowell earned a B.A. from Carleton College, where she studied political philosophy, and a M.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.

Crowell will spend her time as a recipient of the award reporting on the impact of President Donald Trump’s and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rising nationalism, and, specifically, how it has affected Indian asylum seekers in America.

photo: Maddy Crowell

Maddy Crowell; Photo credit: Jon Baski

Casey Parks
Casey Parks is a freelance journalist based in Brooklyn. She spent a decade reporting at the Oregonian, where she wrote about race and LGBTQ issues. Her story “The Pact,” about two Tongan teenagers torn between playing college football and Mormon missionary service, was a finalist for the Livingston Award. “About a Boy,” her three-part series about a transgender teenager in Washington State, was included in The Best American Newspaper Narratives, Volume 6. She was a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University, and her articles about education and the South have appeared in the New YorkerOxford American, ESPN, USA Today, and the Nation. Parks’ stories have won the Deadline Club Award, Front Page Award, National Headliner Award, and multiple Society for Features Journalism awards. 

Photo: Casey Parks

Casey Parks; Photo credit: C.F. Watson

She grew up in Louisiana and earned a B.A. in English from Millsaps College and an M.A. from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. Her book, Diary of a Misfit, a reported memoir about a transgender country singer in rural Louisiana, will be published by Knopf in 2021. 

Parks will spend her time in rural Mississippi, reporting on a superintendent’s return home to turn around an impoverished and isolated F-rated school district amid historical floods, a global pandemic, and racist death threats. 

Sarah Stillman, the inaugural recipient of the Reporting Award, traveled to Iraq and Afghanistan to report on the abuse of third-world service workers on U.S. military bases there. Her piece, “The Invisible Army,” which appeared in the June 6, 2011, issue of the New Yorker, won several of journalism’s top prizes in 2012: the National Magazine Award in the category of “Public Interest”; the Hillman Prize for Magazine Journalism; the Overseas Press Club’s Joe and Laurie Dine Award for International Human Rights Reporting; and the Michael Kelly Award for the “fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” 

For more on the Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute, please visit its web site; for more on the Reporting Award, please visit its Carter Journalism Institute page. Applications for next year’s award will be accepted in January 2021.


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