There is a long, rich history of journalists writing and reporting compellingly about topics related to the Russell Sage Foundation’s mission to "improve the social and living conditions in the United States." The growth of economic inequality and its consequences, inequities in educational achievement and attainment, the impact of modern immigration, and recent racial tensions over urban policing are all examples of topics addressed by journalists that are central to RSF programs, and which have been the subject of study by RSF scholars and grantees.
In conducting original research on a wide range of social, political, and economic conditions and presenting those findings to the public, journalists are critical to our understanding of Americans' lives and lived experiences. Visiting Journalists work in residence at the Foundation for a period of 2-3 months alongside resident Visiting Scholars who might help inform the development of their projects.
Fall 2016 Visiting Journalists
Andrea Elliott is an investigative reporter at the New York Times. At the Foundation she will work on a book that examines one family’s survival in an era of gentrification, rising inequality and the advent of social media. This builds on her 2013 five-part Times story, “Invisible Child.”
Alexandra Starr is a contributor to NPR, Harpers, the Atlantic, the New York Times, and other outlets. At the Foundation she will research the challenges of family reunification—when children immigrate to join their parents who left them behind to find work in the U.S. She will focus on the experiences of both children and adults in reunited Honduran families in the Bronx.
Past Visiting Journalists
- Carole Carmichael, The Seattle Times
- Eyal Press, author of Beautiful Souls