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. 

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2024 prize winner Dara Mathis sitting at a table with books, looking at the camera.

2024 Recipient: Dara T. Mathis

Dara T. Mathis is a writer and journalist whose work examines parenthood, identity, and linkages to Black memory.
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2024 Recipient: Tamir Kalifa

Tamir Kalifa is a freelance photojournalist who, over the past two years, has been documenting the aftermath of the Robb Elementary School shooting in Uvalde, Texas.
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2024 prize winner Tamir Kalifa stands by a wall looking at the camera.

2024 Judges

Rose Arce

Vice President,
Soledad O’Brien Productions

Katherine Boo

Contributing Editor,
The New Yorker

Graham Lee Brewer

National Writer,
Race and Ethnicity,
Associated Press 

Sewell Chan

The Texas Tribune

Stephanie Foo

Journalist and Author

Antonia Hylton

NBC News

Lily Jamali

Senior Reporter,

Wesley Lowery

Executive Editor,
The Investigative Reporting Workshop

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Alexis Madrigal

KQED Forum

Daniella Zalcman

Documentary Photographer, Founder of Women Photograph