Fund for Investigative Journalism Announces New Grants to 20 Projects in 14 States

WASHINGTON, DC, October 29, 2021 – The Fund for Investigative Journalism today announced that its board of directors awarded grants to reporters for 20 new investigative projects in its most recent round of funding. 

Journalists receiving grants also have the opportunity to be paired with seasoned journalists who serve as editorial mentors, request pro bono legal assistance through the Fund’s partnership with the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and receive training through the Fund’s work with several partner organizations.  

Some of the new grantees are freelancers working individually on stories, while others are part of teams at media outlets. The journalists who received grants are in 14 states – including Arkansas, Arizona, Utah, California, Illinois, Michigan, Washington, DC, North Carolina and Texas – and their stories focus on national, state and local issues. 

“For 52 years, the Fund for Investigative Journalism has been guided by the belief that strong journalism can change the world – and that if you want to support journalism, you have to support journalists themselves. That’s what these 20 new grants will do, and these reporters’ stories are going to have a big impact on important issues including government and corporate accountability, criminal justice, civil rights and the environment,” said Eric Ferrero, executive director of the Fund for Investigative Journalism. 

The Fund for Investigative Journalism does not disclose the nature of grantees’ investigations before they are published or broadcast. The reporters receiving new grants include:
    • The Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, for a story by Benjamin Hardy, editor and reporter
    • Nick Bowlin, correspondent for High Country News based in Gunnison, Colorado
    • Capital & Main, for a story by Aaron Miguel Cantú, investigative journalist
    • Carolina Public Press, for a story by Jordan Wilkie, staff reporter and Report for America corps member 
    • Matt Chapman, investigative reporter, and Jim Daley, politics editor, at South Side Weekly in Chicago, Illinois
    • Gloria Dickie, freelance climate and environmental journalist, and Michael Kodas, senior editor at Inside Climate News
    • Sylvia A. Harvey, New York City-based award-winning journalist reporting on race, class, policy and incarceration
    • Taylor Knopf, health care freelance journalist based in Raleigh, North Carolina
    • Derek R. Kravitz, leader of the Documenting COVID-19 project at Columbia University’s Brown Institute for Media Innovation
    • Kim Krisberg and David Leffler, independent journalists based in Austin, Texas
    • Yanick Rice Lamb, independent journalist based in Washington, DC
    • Arthur Levine, freelance writer in Washington, DC, and contributing editor of The Washington Monthly
    • The Long Beach Post, for a story by Kelly Puente and Jeff Rabin, award-winning investigative journalists 
    • Taylor Moore, freelance journalist in Chicago, Illinois
    • Tom Perkins, freelance journalist in Detroit, Michigan
    • Eric Peterson, reporter and founder of The Utah Investigative Journalism Project
    • The Racine County Eye, for a story led by Denise Lockwood
    • Reveal, from the Center for Investigative Reporting, for a story by Will Evans, senior reporter and producer 
    • Gabbriel Schivone, freelance journalist
    • Voice of San Diego, a nonprofit explanatory and investigative newsroom

For stories published in the last 12 months with grants and other support from the Fund for Investigative Journalism go to:

For highlights of the impact of stories published with grants from the Fund, go to:

The Fund is currently offering expedited grants for timely stories on any topic. To learn more about how to apply for grants, go to: