13 Jan 2021 - 25 Jan 2021
Journalist Victoria Mckenzie Reflects on 2020 Breakthrough Journalism Award Win
In this Feb. 17, 2019, photo, Deidre Levi carries her basketball as she walks to work in the Native Village of St. Michael, Alaska. Levi says she spoke up about being sexually assaulted because she wanted to be a role model for girls in Alaska. Image by Wong Maye-E/Associated Press. United States, 2019.
Thursday, January 21, 2021 - 02:00pm EST (GMT -0500)
The 2019 collaboration with the Associated Press and National Native News investigates the prevalence of sexual assault against Alaska Native women and the frequency with which these reports are ignored or mishandled by law enforcement. Mckenzie’s reporting gave voice to the women and girls whose experiences of abuse were erased by the system and resulted in an equal protection claim now being fought through the Alaska federal court system.
Mckenzie has reported on issues of criminal justice, corruption, and international development, covering Colombia’s armed conflict and peace process for Colombia Reports and VICE News. Prior to being a journalist, Mckenzie worked as a professional guitarist and violinist, developed community youth writing programs, and taught English as a second language.
The Pulitzer Center’s Breakthrough Journalism Award, made possible by the support of donor Eva Lohrer, seeks to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Pulitzer Center-affiliated freelance journalists who report on underreported issues that affect us all.
Victoria Mckenzie is an investigative journalist based in New York City, covering issues of criminal justice, public sector corruption, and international development. Her work can be seen on CBS ...
“We will illuminate dark places and, with a deep sense of responsibility, interpret these troubled times.”
—Joseph Pulitzer III (1913-1993)