Valerie Nava is a second year M.A. student in the University of Missouri School of Journalism. She’s studying investigative and long-form reporting. Originally born in Virginia, Valerie spent her childhood and early adulthood living in Maracaibo, Venezuela. There, she obtained her bachelor’s degree in print journalism and worked as an economy and politics reporter for Diario Version Final, a regional newspaper, during the 2016 political and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Her stories have also appeared in the Columbia Missourian, Vox Magazine and KBIA. Valerie is currently conducting a research study on the role perceptions and functions of long-form magazine journalists in the current state of U.S. democracy.
Mya Frazier is writing a book that expands on her recent investigation for The New York Times Magazine into America’s housing crisis and the credit reporting system. During the fellowship, she will research the relationship between class mobility and the credit system.