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What are the advantages of long-term reporting in the frenzied age of social media and a 24-hour news cycle?
ADRIAN NICOLE LEBLANC is an independent journalist who is best known for her 2003 nonfiction book Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx, which chronicles the struggles of two young women as they deal with love, growing families, poverty, and prison time. The book took more than ten years to research and write and has received many awards, among them the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and the Ron Ridenhour Book Prize. In 2006, she was a recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship. In 2010, Random Family was named one of the Top Ten Works of Journalism of the Decade by the Arthur L. Carter Institute of Journalism at NYU.
LeBlanc has written for many publications including the Village Voice, Harper’s, the New York Times Magazine, and the New Yorker. Grants, fellowships, and residencies have been essential to her long-term, immersive work, including: The Barbara Deming Women’s Memorial Fund, the Open Society Institute, the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers at the New York Public Library, The American Academy in Berlin, Blue Mountain Center, Cottages at Hedgebrook, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, and the Logan Nonfiction Fellowship at the Carey Institute for Global Good.