Since 2013, the O’Brien Fellowship in Public Service Journalism has supported investigative or explanatory reporting projects by 27 journalists from around the country.
In service of the Fellowship’s mission to investigate problems and potential solutions, O’Brien projects have tackled issues including the environment, education, mental illness, health care, medical science, open government and criminal justice.
Stories by O’Brien fellows have earned prestigious honors including the George Polk and the duPont, and awards from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers, National Headliner, the National Association of Black Journalists, the John Jay College/Guggenheim and the National Academies.
Fellows have worked as staff or freelance journalists. Applications are welcome from journalists whose work would appear in or on newspapers, radio, television, websites, online publications or magazines of general public interest.
As of fall 2019, nearly 90 graduate and undergraduate students have spent at least one semester helping O’Brien fellows with reporting, data analysis, research and multimedia presentation.