How To Apply

Applications for the next class of watchdog writers group fellows will open in the spring of 2021. Applications will be accepted through this page when the application process opens.

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

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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John Eligon

New York Times National Correspondent

Developing a book project about the Black Lives Matter movement.

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CHRISTOPHER LEONARD

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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

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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