Natalie Y. Moore Named 2020 Richard C. Longworth Media Fellow
December 17, 2020
Administered by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting in Washington, D.C., the Richard C. Longworth Media Fellowships promote international reporting by Chicago and Midwestern journalists. Two $10,000 fellowships will be awarded each year for the next two years, thanks to a grant provided by The Clinton Family Fund to honor Richard C. Longworth, a former Chicago Tribune foreign correspondent and current Distinguished Fellow at the Chicago Council.
The Richard C. Longworth Media Fellowships hope to reconnect Midwestern readers with international stories that impact their daily lives, after years of financial pressure forced regional outlets to cut foreign correspondents from their staffs.
“It’s an honor to get this and I’m really happy that there was a need recognized for more international journalists considering how foreign correspondents have been cut from news agencies,” Moore said.
For her fellowship project, Moore will travel to Finland to report on the country’s criminal justice reform and “open prison” system. While Finland ranks high on gender equality, low on corruption, and has one of the world’s lowest incarceration rates, the country has faced a wave of discrimination against African migrants in recent years. Moore hopes to connect her coverage of Finnish prisons and race issues with the prison abolition movement and fight for racial justice in Chicago.
“I have long been a fan of Dick Longworth and how he has situated Chicago as a global city and that has influenced my reporting,” Moore said. “Before I even knew about this fellowship I wanted to work on a global cities project and try to build off of the journalism he has done and look at other places, other cites for things that they do around social issues and what Chicago can learn from them.”
As an award-winning reporter for WBEZ, Chicago’s NPR station, Moore covers such issues as segregation and inequality. Previously, Moore was a reporter for The Detroit News, the St. Paul Pioneer Press, and the Associated Press in Jerusalem. Her work has also been featured in outlets including the BBC, The Chicago Reporter, the Chicago Sun-Times, the Chicago Tribune, and Ebony. Moore holds a master’s degree in newspaper management from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and a bachelor’s in journalism from Howard University.
To learn more about the Richard C. Longworth Media Fellowships, click here.
This $50,000 grant from The Clinton Family Fund contributes to the Chicago Council’s Second Century Campaign, commemorating the Council’s centenary in 2022, by providing insights on critical global issues by Chicago and Midwestern journalists.
The Chicago Council is an independent, non-partisan organization that provides insight and information on critical global issues, advances policy solutions, and fosters dialogue about what is happening in the world and why it matters to people in Chicago. It believes that an informed public helps to ensure effective American engagement with the world.