ProPublica announced on Wednesday that photographer Sarahbeth Maney will join its newsroom as the first fellow in the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visual Fellowship Program. The fellowship honors founding ProPublica editor Paul Steiger. Maney will collaborate on ProPublica’s in-depth investigative team projects as well as pitch and execute independent visual stories. She starts on Sept. 26.
Maney most recently was a staff photojournalist at the Detroit Free Press, where she focused on topics related to housing insecurity, the life-altering impact of gun violence and social justice issues that disproportionately impact Black and brown communities.
Previously, as a photography fellow for The New York Times, Maney captured one of the most iconic images of the 2022 confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. The photo, which captured Jackson’s daughter expressing admiration for her mother on the first day of hearings, went viral.
That same year, Maney garnered many notable awards for her work, including the General News Award of Excellence from Pictures of the Year International; Time’s Top 10 Photos of the Year; and photos of the year from The New York Times, CNN, Women Photograph and Teen Vogue. Perhaps her biggest milestone during this run was being selected as the National Association of Black Journalists’ Emerging Journalist of the Year. She was the first ever photojournalist to receive that recognition.
Maney earned her Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University as a journalism major with emphasis in photojournalism and a minor in education.
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visual Fellowship Program aims to develop a photographer or other visual reporter’s investigative reporting skills, help ProPublica expand beyond traditional narrative to explain complicated investigations and ultimately engage diverse audiences.
ProPublica is an independent, nonprofit newsroom that produces investigative journalism in the public interest. With a team of more than 100 dedicated journalists, ProPublica covers a range of topics, focusing on stories with the potential to spur real-world impact. Its reporting has contributed to the passage of new laws; reversals of harmful policies and practices; and accountability for leaders at local, state and national levels. Since it began publishing in 2008, ProPublica has received six Pulitzer Prizes, five Peabody Awards, five Emmy Awards and 12 George Polk Awards, among others.
About the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation
The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Foundation was initiated by Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel and Ambassador Carl Spielvogel to continue and extend their long-term commitment to the common good and the public interest. With this focus, deeply rooted in inclusiveness, social equity and community service, the D-S Foundation creates and supports original projects based on results-driven and innovative strategies. The D-S Foundation funds projects that demonstrate creative promise in four priority areas: projects focused on civic leadership, public affairs and diplomacy; projects of cultural merit; original educational initiatives; and science and medicine, in support of the advancement of the field of health. For more information about the foundation’s work, and for full biographies of Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel, chair, and Carl Spielvogel, visit diamonstein-spielvogelfoundation.org.