September 29, 2015

The MacArthur Foundation announced its 2015 class of fellows on Tuesday, including The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates. By our count, more than 20 journalists have received a “genius” grant. (The MacArthur Foundation directed us to its site, if we’re missing someone, please let us know and we’ll amend.)

According to the foundation’s site, “The MacArthur Fellowship is a ‘no strings attached’ award in support of people, not projects. Each fellowship comes with a stipend of $625,000 to the recipient, paid out in equal quarterly installments over five years.”

Here’s the list of journalists who’ve been named fellows since 1981. I’ve also included nonfiction writers who have been contributors to news organizations and publications and a few people who got their start in journalism.

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Kristen Hare covers the people and business of local news and is the editor of Locally at Poynter. She previously worked as a staff writer…
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