Journalist in Residence
Department of Government
Additional Positions at AUFellow, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
Director, American Communities Project
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.
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
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
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.