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Person: Monica Takama

Monica Takama is the office assistant at the Heising-Simons Foundation’s office in Los Altos. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Monica served as an affordable housing specialist for a real estate company in San Francisco. She is currently studying psychology and business at San Jose State University.

Person: Andrea Michel

Andrea Michel is a program associate for the Education program at the Heising-Simons Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2019, Andrea managed partnerships and community outreach at an education nonprofit that connected high school students from underserved communities to summer enrichment programs. Andrea received her bachelor’s degree in international studies with a focus on… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, January 2019

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in January 2019.

Page: American Mosaic Journalism Prize

The prize recognizes journalism’s critical ability to foster greater understanding and empathy, and aims to recognize and empower freelance journalists with an unrestricted cash award of $100,000. The prize is intended to call attention to the recipients’ great promise, and to give them the freedom to continue their work. The American Mosaic Journalism Prize is awarded… Continue Reading

Post: American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and Abe Streep

One year ago, we announced the creation of the American Mosaic Journalism Prize. This unrestricted cash prize of $100,000 per recipient is awarded to freelance journalists for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the American landscape. We created the prize as part of our work that supports journalism as an essential arm of U.S. democracy—recognizing that we live in a time when journalism seems both vulnerable and deeply needed, with the ability to expose audiences to new perspectives and bring about understanding. Today, we are pleased to announce the newest recipients of this prize: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah and Abe Streep.

Page: American Mosaic Journalism Prize Archived News

Archived News 2018 News and Features official announcement American Mosaic Journalism Prize Awarded to Jaeah Lee and Valeria Fernández  FEATURES Freelance Journalists Jaeah Lee and Valeria Fernández Each Receive $100,000 Inaugural American Mosaic Journalism Prize Official Press Release  January 24, 2018 Two Freelance Writers Win New Journalism Prize in California Washington Post  January 24, 2018… Continue Reading

Page: Abe Streep

Abe Streep 2019 Recipient “Abe Streep’s reporting bursts with compassion and urgency as he lifts up stories of often-overlooked communities in the American West, such as a Syrian refugee family building a new life in Montana, or a Native American high-school basketball team grappling with a flurry of suicides in its community. With great sensitivity,… Continue Reading

Page: Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah

Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah 2019 Recipient “ Rachel Kaadzi Ghansah’s deeply reported and essayistic writing pushes the form of longform journalism, ranging from a poignant profile of master painter Henry Taylor to a searing exposé of the hotbed of racism and white supremacy that fueled the heinous murder of nine African-Americans in Charleston, South Carolina. Her… Continue Reading

Post: Making Headlines: Grantees in the News, December 2018

The Heising-Simons Foundation is proud to regularly see its grantee partners featured in media outlets across the country, providing an expert voice on a timely issue or being highlighted for their accomplishments and hard work. Here are some news items that have featured our grantees in December 2018.