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Young Cherokee woman wins journalism prize


Last updated 4/9/2020 at 3:41pm

Heising Simons Foundation

Rebecca Nagle (Cherokee) frequesntly covers Native American issues, which has led to her receiving the 2020 American Mosaic Journalism Prize.

Los Altos, Calif.-The Heising-Simons Foundation has announced that Rebecca Nagle is a recipient of the 2020 American Mosaic Journalism Prize.

Rebecca Nagle is a writer and audio journalist, as well as an advocate, based in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, USA Today, Teen Vogue, the Guardian, VICE News and the Boston Globe. She is the creator and host of the podcast "This Land" (Crooked Media), which explores Native American rights.

A citizen of the Cherokee Nation, Nagle she frequently writes about Native American issues including Tribal sovereignty, Native representation in culture and media, cultural appropriation, and violence against Native women.

Rebecca Nagle was previously named one of the National Center American Indian Enterprise Development's Native American 40 Under 40 for her work to address violence against Native women, was included on the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts 100 List for innovators and thought leaders, and was named one of Fast Company's 100 Most Creative People in 2012.

The judging panel for the American Mosaic Journalism Prize wrote, "Rebecca Nagle's reporting employs deep investigations and an affecting, accessible voice to shine light on an overlooked and still-unfolding history. Her print and audio series about a current U.S. Supreme Court case concerning tribal sovereignty and the struggle for land in Oklahoma lucidly breaks down a complex and hugely consequential story that stands to change the lives of millions of people."

The American Mosaic Journalism Prize consists of an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000 per recipient and is awarded to freelance journalists for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the American landscape.

The Foundation created the prize in 2018 as part of its work supporting journalism as an essential arm of U.S. democracy-recognizing journalism's critical ability to expose audiences to new perspectives and foster greater understanding. The prize is based on confidential nominations from leaders in journalism.


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