Candace Y.A. Montague is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. She has over 12 years of experience covering health, gender equality and social justice issues for several local and national publications, including the Center for Health Journalism, The Washington Post, STAT News, and others. In 2019, she received the Sigma Delta Chi Award for Excellence in Journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists for her piece about parents who lost children to homicide in D.C. In 2020, she was the recipient of a features journalism award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She was a finalist for the 2021 Dateline Award for Excellence in Local Journalism from the Washington, D.C., Pro SPJ Chapter. For the 2023 National Fellowship, Montague’s project will look at how racism, health, social policies and key people can influence the trajectory of a Black child’s life in D.C. starting from birth.