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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

 

Patrick Arden

 

Patrick Arden is a writer whose work explores the lives of Americans in poverty and the relationship between income inequality and political power. Arden's first book, Wrecking the House That Ruth Built, will be published by Macmillan/St. Martin's Press in 2015. It tells the story of a group of South Bronx residents as they try to save two public parks from becoming the site of a new, multibillion-dollar Yankee Stadium. The book had its origins in Arden’s work as a political reporter at the daily newspaper Metro New York, where five years’ worth of his stadium coverage won an award from the New York chapter of the American Planning Association. The state Legislature handed the parks to the Yankees without holding even one public hearing, and Arden accompanied residents as they tried to play catch-up, pleading with politicians, bureaucrats, and judges to reject the stadium plan.


“The stadium had always been treated as a ‘done deal,’” Arden says. “I was constantly amazed to find myself the only reporter at stadium hearings, protests, and trials. Not one newspaper bothered to send someone to court. The neighborhood people told personal stories that spoke to larger changes afoot in New York City. They deserved to be heard. They were also pointing to a deeper problem in government: Corporate welfare has real social costs.”

Arden is a veteran editor, having worked as a long-time managing editor of the storied Chicago Reader alt-weekly. His own writing has been published by Salon.com, the Village Voice, and Next American City, and he is a contributing editor to City Limits magazine. Arden has won multiple awards, including the New York Press Club’s 2011 political reporting prize and the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2010 Sigma Delta Chi Award for magazine investigative reporting. He has recently received a residency at Yaddo and research grants from the Fund for Investigative Journalism and The Nation Institute. He holds a master’s degree from the literary reportage program at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute. His forthcoming book, however, represents a departure from the workaday world of daily journalism.