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Dante Chinni

Journalist in Residence Department of Government

Additional Positions at AU

Dante Chinni is the director of the American Communities project, a collaboration including The Wall Street Journal, PBS NewsHour, and WNYC radio that studies politics, socio-economics, and culture in a time of change. He is also the creator of Patchwork Nation, which won a 2009 Knight Batten Award for journalistic innovation and is the focus of the book Our Patchwork Nation published in 2010.

Based in Washington, D.C., Chinni has been covering politics and the media for more than 15 years. He has worked as a reporter-researcher at Newsweek and a senior associate at the Project for Excellence in Journalism. He has written for publications including The Economist, Columbia Journalism Review, and the Washington Post Magazine. A native of Detroit and a graduate of Michigan State University, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Christina, and their two children.


BA Journalism and History, Michigan State University

Favorite Spot on Campus
The Davenport
Book Currently Reading
Travels with Charley, Five Easy Decades
Languages Spoken
English, unless exhausted
SPA - School of Public Affairs
Hurst - 206E
Arranged on request
Contact Info
(202) 885-6421

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For the Media
To request an interview for a news story, call AU Communications at 202-885-5950 or submit a request.
See Also
American Communities Project
Personal Site

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Research Interests

My work with the American Communities Project identifies new ways to look at and understand America's socio-economic, political, and cultural fault lines at the county level.

Grants and Sponsored Research

Knight Foundation grants for Patchwork Nation in 2008, 2009 and 2010

Honors, Awards, and Fellowships

The 2009 Knight-Batten Award for Journalistic Innovation for Patchwork Nation.Multiple SDX/SPJ awards for work on reporting teams at Newsweek and the Pew Project for Excellence in Journalism.

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