How To Apply

Applications to join our next class of Watchdog Writers Group fellows are now being accepted through May 15, 2022.

Apply to become a Watchdog Writers Group fellow here

Watchdog Writers Group funds the type of deep investigative journalism that is no longer supported by the private marketplace. We do this by giving annual fellowships to authors, and by hiring students to be reporters alongside them. In doing this, the program hopes to revitalize newsgathering in the middle of the country about vitally important issues.

- WWG Director Christopher Leonard

The Team

THE AUTHORS, CLASS OF 2021

Pamela Colloff

FELLOW

Pamela Colloff

Staff writer, New York Times Magazine
and Senior Reporter at ProPublica

Writing a book about the criminal justice system and jailhouse informants.

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PATRICIA “P.J.” HUFFSTUTTER

FELLOW

Patricia “P.J.” Huffstutter

Agribusiness Reporter
at Reuters News

Writing a book about the farm debt crisis in rural America.

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FELLOW

John Eligon

New York Times National Correspondent

Developing a book project about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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CHRISTOPHER LEONARD

DIRECTOR

Christopher Leonard

Executive Director
of the WWG

Writing a book about the Federal Reserve Bank and the American economy.

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THE STUDENTS, CLASS OF 2021

STEVEN GARRISON

Steven Garrison

Working with Pamela Colloff to investigate the criminal justice system in Missouri and
other states.

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PENG “FION” CHEN

Peng “Fion” Chen

Working with P.J. Huffstutter to build a unique, searchable database of farm debt and loan defaults across America.

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KELLY KULLMAN

Kelly Kullman

Working with Christopher Leonard to research the modern history
of U.S. banks.

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