Jackson Brook

Jackson Brook

Year: 2020-2021
Nominating Institution: Brown University
Field of Interest: Journalism

About Jackson

(2/2020) Jack Brook is a journalist and a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. Fascinated by the ways narratives are produced and contested, and how that informs our present, he studied for a degree in history. At Brown, he developed a passion for environmental histories, learning to analyze human societies through their relationship to the natural world, energy production and other life forms. Growing up in Palo Alto with his mother, Jack was inspired by her accounts of her job as a social worker and rehabilitation officer in a Santa Clara jail. He volunteer taught in the Rhode Island prison system throughout his undergraduate career. Through his reporting, he has tried to deconstruct and illuminate the structures, policies and values that perpetuate racism, poverty and the prison industrial complex. He wrote for the  Brown Daily Herald , was an editor at  The Indy  magazine, and spent a year on a team investigating elder abuse for  The Providence Journal . He has sought out international reporting experiences, covering unrest in the West Bank for the  Jerusalem Post  and environmental challenges in Chile for the  Santiago Times , for which he was awarded an Overseas Press Club Scholarship. After graduation, he interned at  The Miami Herald  and  The Marshall Project , an outlet investigating the criminal justice system, and continues to serve as a contributing editor for the  Brown Alumni Magazine . An aspiring long form narrative journalist, Jack hopes to confront the exploitative forces that perpetuate both mass incarceration and the climate crisis. Sponsored by a grant from the Pulitzer Center, he is currently reporting the story of South America's largest toxic waste tailings dam and the Chilean village that fought against it for decades. He has also produced a range of documentary and fictional films, including a mockumentary on a competitive eating prodigy, “The Voracious Appetite of Chowhound Chambers.” In his spare time, he enjoys journaling, hiking and getting lost in new places.
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