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Richard J Margolis Award

About Richard J. Margolis

Career Highlights

selected articles

Selected New Leader Columns

Reports & Monographs

Op-Ed Pieces & Book Reviews

 

Past Winners

2016
David Denver Robinson

 

2015
Daniel Hernandez

 

2014
Blaire Briody

 

2013
Patrick Arden

 

2012
Inara Verzemnieks

 

2011
Sabine Heinlein

 

2010
Doug Hunt

 

2009
Joe Wilkins

 

2008
Gabriel Thompson

 

2007
Stephanie Griest

 

2006
Marie myung-ok lee

 

2005
Kisha Lewellyn

 

2004
Nelson smith

 

2003
John Bowe

 

2002
Iyesatta Massaquoi

 

2001
Otis Haschemeyer

 

2000
Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

 

1999
Susan Parker

 

1998
Laura Distelheim

 

1997
Julie Lasky

 

1996
E.J. Graff

 

1995
Josip Novakovich

 

1994
Maggie Dubris

 

1993
Judith Levine

 

1992
Richard Manning

 

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc

Adrian Nicole LeBlanc is a journalist whose documentary reportage illuminates  the lives of adolescents, particularly those living in poverty. Her articles on  issues including juvenile justice, women in prison, and outcast children have  appeared in the Village Voice, Esquire, and the New York Times Sunday  Magazine. She has been a Knight Foundation Fellow at Yale Law School and a  Fellow at Radcliffe's Bunting Institute.

News Flash

Adrian Nicole Leblanc has been selected as a 2006 MacArthur Fellow. In describing Ms. LeBlanc's work, the MacArthur foundation writes:

With an eye for detail and a passion for depth, Adrian LeBlanc is forging a new form of literary reportage and illuminating worlds little known and less understood.

Read more about it here.

The Center on Crime, Communities, and Culture of the Open Society Institute awarded LeBlanc a 2001 Media Fellowship, which enabled her to write a  series of articles about the impact of incarceration on children.

"The lives of teenagers are demonized, much in the same way that those of  children are sentimentalized," says LeBlanc. "When these lives unfold in places  exhausted by poverty and its related burdens, the texture of their real  experience is obscured. I hope that my work contributes to help clearing up the  blind spots that unnecessarily result from that."

LeBlanc won the Margolis Award while working on her book, Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, which was published by Scribner in 2003. The book won the Borders Original Voices Award for Nonfiction, was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award and was chosen by the New York Times Book Review editors as one of the top nine books of the year. Random Family chronicles the struggles of an impoverished extended family in New York. Adrian Nicole LeBlanc’s research into these realities was extensive and took her more than ten years. She was present at prison visits, welfare appointments, and parent-teacher conferences. She absolved a Master’s program in law at Yale in order to understand her subject’s trials. After completing the book she is now considering a follow-up project on some of the children in the book.