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Rachel Aviv

nonfiction

Rachel Aviv is a a staff writer at the New Yorker, who writes about range of subjects including medical ethics, criminal justice, psychiatry, education, and homelessness. She was a finalist for the 2018 National Magazine Award for Public Interest for “The Takeover,” a story about elderly people being stripped of their legal rights, and she won the 2015 Scripps Howard Award for “Your Son Is Deceased,” a story on police shootings in Albuquerque. Her writing on mental health was awarded a Rosalynn Carter Fellowship, an Erikson Institute Prize for Excellence in Mental Health Media, and an American Psychoanalytic Association Award for Excellence in Journalism. She is a fellow at New America.

The Value of Support

"When I received the Rona Jaffe Award, I was in the process of applying for PhD programs in clinical psychology. The award gave me the confidence and motivation to drop the applications and do what I actually wanted to do (and was scared I’d fail at), which was to write."