The McGraw Fellows

Three veteran journalists have been named the latest recipients of the McGraw Fellowship for Business Journalism. Each of the winning projects will receive a grant of up to $15,000.

The new McGraw Fellows will explore subjects ranging from the impact of Big Data on the farm economy and California’s role in regulating the ride-hailing industry, to allegations of corruption in the Chinese healthcare sector. 

 The McGraw Fellowships, an initiative of the Harold W. McGraw, Jr. Center for Business Journalism at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York, were created in 2014 to support ambitious coverage of critical issues related to the U.S. economy and business. The Fellowships – awarded twice a year – enable experienced journalists to produce deeply reported works of investigative or enterprise business journalism. 

The first McGraw Fellows were named in July 2014; roughly 40 journalists have since won McGraw Fellowships. Close to 100 journalists working in a dozen countries applied for the latest round of Fellowships. In addition to financial backing, the McGraw Center provides Fellows with editorial guidance and, where needed, assistance in placing their stories with media outlets. The next deadline to apply will be July 31, 2020. For more information, please consult the main McGraw Fellowship page and our FAQ

The new McGraw Fellows are: 

Ben Knight 


A freelance reporter based in Berlin, Germany, Knight will use the Fellowship to explore how a network of multinational tech companies have allegedly exploited corruption in the Chinese healthcare system.

In twelve years as a journalist, Knight has worked as a freelance political correspondent for Germany’s international broadcaster Deutsche Welle, in addition to writing for The Guardian, The Observer, 100Reporters, Prospect, Exberliner, The Berlin Policy Journal, and Vice, as well as a handful of German publications. He has covered the German arms industry, far-right extremism, late Nazi trials, and contributed an article to 100Reporters about the German company Siemens.

Clint Rainey 


An award-winning Brooklyn-based journalist, Rainey’s Fellowship project will examine increasingly popular farm management tools that rely on Big Data to optimize things like crop yields. He will focus on the vast amounts of proprietary data being concentrated in platforms owned by the world’s largest agriculture companies and the implications for the future of farming. 

Rainey has spent a decade writing about food and agriculture for magazines including Bloomberg BusinessweekThe AtlanticFast CompanyMIT Technology Review, and New York, where he was on teams that won James Beard and National Magazine awards. He was a 2018 UC Berkeley-11th Hour Food and Farming Fellow. His articles have also been featured in The Best American Food Writing and The Best American Infographics.


Seth Rosenfeld 

A San Francisco-based investigative reporter, Rosenfeld’s Fellowship project will review the safety record of Uber and Lyft in California and explore how well the California Public Utilities Commission, the first agency in the nation to legitimize ride-hailing, has performed its regulatory duty to ensure that the services are safe.

The project builds on Rosenfeld’s reporting for the San Francisco Public Press, an independent nonprofit newspaper that focuses on public policy and its impact on people. His freelance stories have appeared in The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Harper’s Magazine, and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. For many years, he was a staff reporter at the San Francisco Examiner and San Francisco Chronicle. His work has won numerous awards including a George Polk Award for Health Reporting.  His best-selling book Subversives: The FBI’s War on Student Radicals, and Reagan’s Rise to Power, won a Ridenhour Prize, a PEN USA Award, an American Book Award, and a Society of Professional Journalists Sunshine Award.