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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
Denver David 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

 

Daniel Hernandez

Daniel Hernandez is a writer who explores hardship, survival and redemption in afflicted and marginalized communities. Hernandez’s work stood out for the way it brings intimacy and nuance to individual stories that convey issues of national concern. In writing for the Guardian, he gave voice to undocumented immigrants exploited on the Las Vegas Strip; he visited a state prison with a successful inmate rehabilitation program; and he shared the experiences of Mexicans fleeing drug cartel violence by seeking asylum in the U.S.


“As a freelancer it can be difficult, but I like to pursue stories about people stereotyped as deviants or groups that are simply ignored,” Hernandez says. “I am lucky to have found editors willing to give me the space needed to combine the necessary social and political context to explain a problem with the extended quotes and personal details that allow a subject’s humanity to shine.”


Hernandez is currently working on a book about struggle and resilience that centers on communities in Las Vegas. As a freelance writer, his essays and journalism have appeared in the Guardian, The New York Times, The Daily Beast, The Millions, Quartz, The Los Angeles Review of Books and other publications. His career in the media began in the New York City bureau of the Tokyo Shimbun, a daily newspaper in Japan, where he also served as the United Nations correspondent.


“Winning this award is incredibly humbling,” Hernandez says. “Richard J. Margolis devoted his career toward building empathy and bringing attention to cases of social injustice. This award offers great inspiration to continue working in that tradition. I know, too, that spending four weeks at Blue Mountain Center will be of tremendous benefit to my book, and for that I am very grateful.”