The American Mosaic Journalism Prize is awarded for excellence in long-form, narrative, or deep reporting on stories about underrepresented and/or misrepresented groups in the present American landscape.
The prize recognizes journalism’s critical ability to foster greater understanding, and aims to recognize and support freelance journalists with an unrestricted cash award of $100,000 per recipient. The prize is intended to call attention to the recipients’ great promise, and to give them the freedom to continue their work.
Cerise Castle is a freelance journalist specializing in arts and culture, civil rights, crime, and human-interest stories.
In 2021, Cerise published a 15-part series uncovering deputy gangs operating inside the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department for Knock LA, a nonprofit journalism site. The series exposed 18 gangs, 19 documented murders (all of whom were people of color), and over $100 million dollars in lawsuits paid for by the people of Los Angeles.
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Carvell Wallace is a writer and podcaster covering race, arts, culture, film, and music for a wide variety of news outlets.
As a magazine contributor, he has written profiles in GQ, Esquire, Glamour, The New Yorker, and The New York Times. He has also hosted multiple podcasts, including “Closer Than They Appear,” which explored race and identity in America, and “Finding Fred” which focused on Fred Rogers’ teachings and their use within systems of oppressions.
Author and The New Yorker Magazine Editor
Investigative Reporter,NBC News
Journalist/Host,Our Body Politic
Author and Freelance Journalist
Correspondent,NBC News and MSNBC
Deputy Health and Science Editor,Washington Post
Foreign Correspondent,Los Angeles Times
Reporter,ProPublica — Texas Tribune Investigative Initiative
Documentary Photographer and Founder of Women Photograph