The $75,000 fellowship is awarded annually to recognize an outstanding editorial writer or columnist and to “help broaden his or her journalistic horizons and knowledge of the world.” The award is given by the Sigma Delta Chi Foundation, the educational arm of the SPJ.
"This is a wonderful honor for Farah Stockman. Boston readers have long appreciated her dogged reporting and vivid, insightful analysis,” Peter Canellos, editor of the Boston Globe’s editorial page, said. “This fellowship will enable her to apply her talents to the question of how schools — and societies — should teach about past racial strife, whether in Boston, the American South, Africa, the Balkans, or other countries of the world."
Stockman, who is traveling in Africa, told the selection committee she intends to explore race relations in Boston and beyond, analyzing the impact of court-ordered busing in the Boston Public Schools over the last 40 years in order to prompt a nationwide conversation. “I believe the lessons of the past need to be explored, so we can chart a better future,” Stockman wrote in her fellowship application.
Stockman lived in Kenya and Tanzania after graduating magna cum laude from Harvard College, and wrote as a freelancer for The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Christian Science Monitor. She was the Globe’s chief foreign policy reporter in Washington, D.C. for seven years. She has won numerous awards, including the Scripps Howard Foundation national journalism award.