“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 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 women 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 helps other journalists 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.
Since 2018, the Kim Wall Memorial Fund has awarded $5,000 reporting grants annually to women and nonbinary journalists whose reporting carries forward Kim’s legacy.
“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.