New York Times | October 12, 2017
Nikole Hannah-Jones, a 1998 Notre Dame graduate, has won a fellowship from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation — commonly known as a “Genius” Grant.
Hannah-Jones, who majored in history and African American studies (now Africana studies), is an investigative reporter for The New York Times Magazine, covering issues of racial inequality, especially in education.
The MacArthur Foundation — which annually gives the $625,000 grants to 24 “exceptionally creative people” — lauded the way Hannah-Jones combines “analyses of historical, academic, and policy research with moving personal narratives to bring into sharp relief a problem that many are unwilling to acknowledge still exists and its tragic consequences for African American individuals, families, and communities.”
After earning her bachelor’s degree at Notre Dame, she received a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina in 2003. After working at the Raleigh News and Observer, the Oregonian, and ProPublica, she joined the New York Times in 2015.