Amy Linn


Amy Linn has written about social issues and child well-being throughout her career, starting at the Miami Herald and including work for the Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Examiner and Bloomberg News. She was the recipient of a 2015 Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship to write about teenagers on death row; the resulting stories appeared in the New York Times, Salon and other publications. Linn has been an editor at Outside Magazine and Wired, and has freelanced for a wide variety of national magazines. She's taught creative writing and been a case investigator at the Montana Innocence Project. Linn is a graduate of the University of California-Berkeley and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has received numerous journalism awards and is one of a team of reporters who received a Sidney Hillman Award. For her fellowship she will write about the profound lack of basic infrastructure on the Navajo Nation, where some 30 percent of families live without clean running water or electricity at home, and where even a paved road is a rarity. The result: enormous health and social problems for children and families.


Up to a third of people in Navajo Nation today lack heating, plumbing, or fully equipped kitchens. Indoor toilets are a luxury. Roads are terrible. How have these people been forgotten for so long?