Below are short biographies of the 2018 Food Fellows. We’ll put up links to their published fellowship stories when they go live.
Soleil Ho, Minneapolis, MN, @hooleil
Soleil Ho is a Vietnamese American writer and podcaster. She hosts Racist Sandwich, an award-nominated podcast on food and intersectional politics, and Popaganda, the official podcast of Bitch Media. She is also co-writer on a forthcoming graphic novel on entomophagy and queer romance called Meal.
Jahd Khalil, Lexington, NE, @jahdkhalil
Jahd Khalil is a journalist from Nebraska usually based in Cairo, Egypt. Previously he was The GroundTruth Project’s Middle East Fellow and a grantee with The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. Before that, he was an editor of the English weekly Egypt Independent and a co-founder of the independent website Mada Masr. Jahd has reported on business, culture, politics, sports, and technology politics, from the Middle East, Europe, and the US.
Eva Holland, Whitehorse, Canada, @evaholland
Eva Holland is a freelance writer based in Canada’s Yukon Territory. She’s a correspondent for Outside, and her work has also appeared in WIRED, Pacific Standard, The Walrus, Seattle Met, and numerous other publications. She is the author of Mussolini’s Arctic Airship, a Kindle Single about a disastrous Arctic expedition.
Deonna Anderson, Eugene, OR, @iamDEONNA
Deonna Anderson is a freelance digital and radio reporter with experience covering city government, identity, social issues, and equitable economic development. Her work has been featured in Yes! Magazine, Oregon Humanities and Next City, where she served as a 2017 Equitable Cities Fellow.
Mya Frazier, Columbus, Ohio, @myafrazier
Mya Frazier is a business and investigative journalist based in the Midwest. She is a regular contributor to Bloomberg Businessweek and Columbus Monthly magazines. Her writing has also appeared in Outside, Columbia Journalism Review, The New Republic, Harper’s, and NewYorker.com. She is a former staff writer for American City Business Journals, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, and Advertising Age. In 2016, she was a fellow with the McGraw Center for Business Journalism at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
Levi Bridges, Mexico City, Mexico @levi_bridges
Levi Bridges is an independent radio producer currently spending a year in Mexico to develop a radio series about immigration that has aired on PRI’s “The World,” Marketplace, KQED and in Spanish on Radio Bilingüe and NPR’s Radio Ambulante. He is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, an Overseas Press Club Award to work with The Associated Press in Moscow, and a Foreign Language and Area Studies Award to study Russian and journalism at UC Berkeley. Levi spent his childhood on a farm in Maine where five generations of his family have lived. As far as he knows, he’s the only Food and Farming Fellow to have ridden a bicycle across Siberia.
Tim Requarth, Brooklyn, NY, @timrequarth
Tim Requarth is a freelance journalist who writes about science, criminal justice, and now food. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Newsweek, The Nation, The New Republic, Slate, Foreign Policy, Scientific American, and others. He received his PhD in neuroscience from Columbia University, and for nine years he directed the NeuWrite science-writing workshops for scientists and writers. He was recently appointed Lecturer in Science & Writing at New York University, where he teaches molecular biology and science writing to aspiring research scientists. You can find more of his work at www.timrequarth.com
Clint Rainey, Brooklyn, NY, @clintrainey
Clint Rainey has the national food beat at New York magazine’s Grub Street, and also contributes to Businessweek. He’s won a James Beard Award at Grub; yakked on Marketplace, WNYC, and other programs; and been anthologized in The Best American Food Writing 2018.
Steph Yin, Philadelphia, PA, @steph_yin
Steph Yin is an independent, multimedia science journalist, mostly covering evolution, ecology and genetics for the New York Times. As a storyteller she’s interested in interrogating the role science should play in society, bringing forth perspectives not traditionally heard and expanding our definitions of “science” and “scientist.” Last year she was a science-journalist-in-residence at Humboldt-Universität in Berlin, where she examined how knowledge- and science-driven economies can exacerbate social inequality.
Mallory Pickett, Los Angeles, CA, @MalloryLPickett
Mallory Pickett is a freelance journalist with experience covering science, technology, and the environment. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, WIRED, FiveThirtyEight, and other publications. She received her masters in chemistry from UC San Diego and her masters in journalism from UC Berkeley. You can find more of her work at http://mallorypickett.com/
Deborah George is a Senior Editor at Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. She’s also a contributing editor with the long-running Radio Diaries series, which airs on All Things Considered (NPR News). She was a staffer at NPR for 20 years. Her documentary work has garnered two Peabody Awards, in 2009 for The Great Textbook War and Clarissa’s Diary in 2012 and five Dupont Awards from Columbia University.
Jack Hitt is the author of the book, Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character. Most days, he’s a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He occasionally contributes to the public radio program, This American Life. His book, Off the Road: A Modern-Day Walk Down the Pilgrim’s Route into Spain, was made into a motion picture, “The Way,” directed by Emilio Estévez and starring Martin Sheen. His work has won the Peabody, Livingston and Pope Awards. His Harper’s report on American anthropology was selected for a collection of the best science writing of the past 25 years, The Best of the Best of American Science Writing. His work also appears in Harper’s, Rolling Stone and Wired. He is currently touring a one-man show, “Making Up the Truth”–a series of his slightly incredible real-life stories woven in with the contemporary brain science that nearly answers the question, “Is any of this true?”
Michael Pollan, @michaelpollan is the author of eight books, including How to Change Your Mind, Cooked, Food Rules, In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and The Botany of Desire, all New York Times bestsellers. A longtime contributor to the New York Times Magazine, he is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley. In 2010, Time Magazine named Michael one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Jennifer Kahn is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, and has been a regular feature writer for The New Yorker and National Geographic, among others. Her work has been selected for the Best American Science Writing series four times, and has explored subjects ranging from the “rational self-help” movement in Silicon valley, to the challenge of identifying and treating child psychopaths. Since 2009, she has taught in the Magazine Program at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, and was a visiting Ferris Professor of Journalism at Princeton in 2015. Her 2016 TED talk on CRISPR and gene drives has been viewed more than 1.4 million times, and was named one of the top TED talks of 2016 by conference organizers.
Malia Wollan, @mwollan is a writer and columnist for The New York Times Magazine where she recently wrote about the quest to make a natural blue food dye; what self-driving cars will mean for roadkill, and how scientists are building repositories for everything from seeds to ice to mammal milk — racing to preserve a natural order that is fast disappearing. Her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, National Public Radio, New York Magazine, Fast Company, the Associated Press, PBS’s Frontline/World and elsewhere. She was an editor at Meatpaper and is a lecturer at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism.