Gregory Rodriguez Named 2014/2015 Stanton Fellow

Santa Monica’s Durfee Foundation Will Support Zócalo’s Publisher and Executive Director in Developing a New Journalism of Attachment and Place in Los Angeles

The Durfee Foundation of Santa Monica, California announced today that Gregory Rodriguez, publisher and executive director of Zócalo Public Square, is one of six recipients of its 2014/2015 Stanton Fellowships to Los Angeles nonprofit leaders.

“We are thrilled to announce the new class of Stanton Fellows. They are among L.A.’s most innovative thinkers, and each is pursuing a project vital to the well-being of people in Los Angeles,” said Carrie Avery, president of the Durfee Foundation.

Rodriguez’s Stanton project seeks to develop a new form of journalism—a journalism of attachment and place—in Los Angeles.

The Stanton Fellowship Program provides the six fellows with $75,000 each over a two-year period to think deeply about the intractable problems in their sector, and to tease out solutions. Funds can be used for travel, research, salaries, consultants’ fees or other expenses related to the Fellowship inquiry.

“The Stanton Fellowships buy leaders time to leverage their deep knowledge and extensive contacts,” added Durfee Foundation executive director Claire Peeps. “Over time, we hope the Stanton Fellows will help to chart a new course for Los Angeles.”

The Stanton Fellowships were created to allow leaders to work on “big picture” issues in their field—whether it is in the arts, health, environment, economic justice or affordable housing. The fellowship encourages cross-sector collaboration, as fellows from distinct fields learn about each others’ work, and help one another brainstorm and problem-solve. Over the course of two years, Fellows spend approximately three months away from the pressing, day-to- day demands of running their organizations to delve deeply into a challenging question that, if solved, could make Los Angeles a better place.

Gregory Rodriguez is the Publisher and Executive Director of Zócalo Public Square, a not-for-profit Ideas Exchange that blends live events and humanities journalism. He is also the founder and director of the Center for Social Cohesion at Arizona State University. Formerly a longtime op-ed columnist for the Los Angeles Times, Rodriguez has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Time, and The Atlantic. He is the author of Mongrels, Bastards, Orphans and Vagabonds: Mexican Immigration and the Future of Race in America (Pantheon), and he is currently at work on a new book on the American cult of hope.

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