Kim Wall Memorial Fund

“We can never get Kim back, but we can see to it that her spirit and will live on, and inspire other young journalists to go out in the world and find the stories. More than ever, we need brave female journalists who give voice to the people that normally never hit the front pages.”

– Ingrid and Joachim Wall

“The undercurrents of rebellion.” That’s how Swedish journalist Kim Wall described her unique approach to reporting on subcultures, broadly defined, around the globe. The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF), in partnership with Kim’s family and friends, seek to make sure the kinds of stories Kim loved continue to be told, through the creation of the Kim Wall Memorial Fund. Whether reporting about Cuba’s underground market for digital content and culture, how the politics of opportunity played out inside Kampala’s emerging Chinatown, or the extent to which female Tamil Tiger combatants in Sri Lanka were failed by the promises of a feminist utopia, Kim introduced us to incredibly interesting people others overlooked. The Memorial Fund will help other women with Kim’s adventurous spirit chase down these important, underreported stories.

Kim reported from all over the world in her short but accomplished career as an international correspondent. Her reporting appeared in publications including Harper’s, The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Atlantic, TIME, Slate, Vice and Guardian. Kim was an IWMF fellow and grantee, and received support from the organization in 2016 to report from Uganda and Sri Lanka.

Beginning this year, one $5,000 reporting grant will be awarded annually to a female journalist whose reporting carries forward Kim’s legacy.Kim Wall

“Kim Wall was a dedicated journalist, and loved by our network of staff and journalists who worked closely with her,” said the IWMF’s executive director Elisa Lees Muñoz. “She was dogged in her pursuit of important and sometimes quirky stories. She was adored by those who knew her.”

The Kim Wall Memorial Fund was established by Kim’s parents, her brother Tom Wall, her partner Ole Stobbe, and her friends Mansi Choksi, May Jeong, Adam Perez and Dhiya Kuriakose. Donations can be made here.

This fund was developed in the spirit that Kim would have wanted more women to be out in the world, brushing up against life. Through this grant, the IWMF seeks to help bend the world toward Kim’s vision.

The world needs more reporters like Kim who encourage curiosity and empathy between communities. I am honored to take part in this celebration of her life and work and humbled to be entrusted with carrying her journalistic legacy forward.

-Anne Kristine Hermann, Inaugural Grantee

A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall

In June 2020, Kim’s parents, Ingrid and Joachim Wall, joined the IWMF and PBS NewsHour’s Judy Woodruff for a conversation on the Walls’ book, “A Silenced Voice: The Life of Journalist Kim Wall.” Since Kim’s murder, Ingrid and Joachim have worked to secure Kim’s legacy as a skilled and passionate journalist and as a bright, funny, complicated, ethical, and selfless young woman, through their touching book. Together, they shared how we can carry forward Kim’s legacy and prioritizes empathetic, nuanced coverage through the lens of current events. Watch the recording below.

Kim pursued the kind of writing she wanted to, the stories that were of deep interest and importance to her. She had faith in her own voice and didn’t buy into the idea of a perfect story. Like her, I want to pursue stories that challenge perceptions of people and places who are underrepresented.
Clair MacDougall 2020 Kim Wall Grantee