Kelly Virella Freelance » IWMF Alumni

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Kelly Virella -- Freelance

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Kelly Virella is a freelance journalist who has worked as an investigative reporter for the Chicago Reporter. She has 13 years of journalism experience.

She has been awarded the 2012 Sigma Delta Chi for magazine investigative reporting into the sexual abuse of New York State female prisoners by prison staff, two Chicago Society of Professional Journalists awards, the Chicago Bar Association award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting and the H.F. Guggenheim Award for Excellence in Criminal Justice Reporting. She has also won an Academy for Alternative Journalism Fellowship to study at Northwestern University. The IWMF grant is helping Virella work on her new startup, LongView Magazine, a tablet magazine of ambitious long-form writing for urban writers.

Virella has a bachelors degree in Political Science from Stanford University as well as a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.


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