2019 Fellows & Editors



Osayi Endolyn

Gainesville, FL, @osayiendolyn

Osayi Endolyn is a writer and editor whose work reflects on food, culture and identity. Her work appears in TIME, the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the Wall Street Journal, and the Oxford American, among others. She’s featured on Chef’s Table on Netflix, The Splendid Table, and Special Sauce with Ed Levine, and is guest editor of a special section on Eater dedicated to young restaurant-industry talent. She received the 2018 James Beard Award for column writing.

Sonner Kehrt

Berkeley, CA, @etskehrt 

Sonner is a freelance writer, her work has appeared in the New York Times, The Verge, Atlas Obscura, and other publications. She holds a masters in democracy studies from Georgetown University and a masters of journalism from UC Berkeley. In a prior life, she worked in the arctic as a Coast Guard officer. You can see more of her work at www.etskehrt.com

Eamon Whalen

Minneapolis, MN, @EamonWhalen

Eamon was the co-founder and former editor of the independent magazine Greenroom. He has contributed to publications such as The FADER, contexts magazine, Bandcamp Daily and The Outline. His writing has explored how different figures are changing the narratives within rap music, popular culture, sports, politics and food.

Alessandra Bergamin

Los Angeles, CA, @AllyBergamin

Alessandra Bergamin is an Australian freelance journalist whose work focuses on immigration, public health, and environmental justice. She has been published in National Geographic, The New Yorker, Harper’s, and Literary Hub, among others. She also produces short documentaries and often photographs her stories. She is an alum of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism. 

Angela Johnston

San Francisco, CA @ang_johnston

Angela Johnston is the deputy news director and environment reporter at KALW Public Radio. She edits and reports for KALW’s local news magazine Crosscurrents, where she’s covered everything from marijuana’s impact on water systems to a small buck-tooth rodent’s threat to the levees and farms across California. Angela won two awards from the Northern California Society for Professional Journalists with her colleague for a series on childhood lead poisoning. She also works with KALW’s program at San Quentin State Prison where incarcerated men record and edit interviews on the inside.

 Sonja Swanson

Las Vegas, NV, @sonjamswanson

Sonja is a Korean American freelance writer with bylines in T Magazine, The L.A. Times, Esquire and Eater. She co-hosts Spicy Eyes, a podcast about food and culture in Las Vegas, and co-founded Bburi Kitchen, a Korean food blog for which she and a chef traveled around the Korean countryside over the course of three years.

Rose Eveleth

Berkeley, CA @roseveleth 

Rose Eveleth is a writer and producer who explores how humans tangle with science and technology. She’s the creator and host Flash Forward, a podcast about possible (and not so possible) futures, and has covered everything from fake tumbleweed farms to million dollar baccarat heists. She helped launch ESPN’s 30 for 30 Podcast and her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Smithsonian Magazine, Nautilus Magazine, CBS, Racked, Scientific American, Eater, The New York Times, Fusion, VICE, Five Thirty Eight and more.

Alissa Escarce

Washington, DC, @AlissaEscarce

Alissa Escarce is a reporter and audio producer interested in agriculture, the environment, immigration, and Latin America. She’s a producer at NPR’s Life Kit podcast and her reporting has appeared on Planet Money, Latino USA, KQED, and other outlets. In 2018 she was a Stabile Fellow in Investigative Reporting at Columbia Journalism School.

Claire Brown

Brooklyn, NY, @hclaire_brown

Claire Brown is a senior staff writer for The New Food Economy, a non-profit newsroom that covers the forces shaping how and what we eat. Her work has also been published in The Guardian, The Atlantic, and The Intercept. Claire’s story about why Japan’s most popular candy is manufactured in North Carolina won a first place award from the Association of Food Journalists in 2018.

Jeff Winkler

Tennessee. @ThatWinkler

Jeff Winkler is a freelance writer based in the South. He was the 2017 recipient of NYU’s Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. He worked previously as a video host and documentary producer, and before that as a writer-at-large for Texas Monthly. His work has appeared in Vice, The Outline, Oxford American, and elsewhere.


Sara Sarasohn

In 25 years in public radio news, Sara was an intern, booker, producer, director, editor, mentor and managing director. Currently she’s an independent editor and podcast consultant, working for Gimlet Media, Built-It Productions and other companies. She’s a fourth generation Californian.

Jack Hitt

Jack Hitt is the creator and co-host of the 2018 Peabody Award-winning podcast, Uncivil as well as a regular contributor to the New York Times Magazine and the public radio program This American Life. He is the author of several books most recently Bunch of Amateurs. His first 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 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 one-man show “Making Up the Truth” is 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?”

Maria Streshinky

Maria Streshinsky is the executive editor at Wired, former deputy editor at Mother Jones,  editor-in-chief at Pacific Standard and managing editor at The Atlantic.


Michael Pollan

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

Jennifer Kahnis 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

Malia Wollan @mwollan is a contributing 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.