Practitioner in Residence
Department of Government
Additional Positions at AUFellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
Director, Patchwork Nation, Jefferson Institute
Dante Chinni is the director of the Patchwork Nation project, a Knight Foundation-funded collaboration including the PBS NewsHour and WNYC radio that studies politics, socio-economics and culture in a time of change. Patchwork Nation, a project of the Jefferson Institute, won a 2009 Knight Batten Award for journalistic innovation and will be the focus on the upcoming book "Our Patchwork Nation" from Gotham, an imprint of Penguin, to be published this fall.
Based in Washington, D.C., Chinni has been covering politics and the media for more than 10 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.
DegreesBA 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
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
My work, Patchwork Nation, is concerned with identifying new ways to look at and understand American community using counties as a way to explore socio-economic, political and cultural fault lines.
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.