BuzzFeed Names Michael Hastings Fellow

Mitchell Prothero will report on global organized crime.

BuzzFeed has named Mitchell Prothero the recipient of the 2015 Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellowship. The award is named for BuzzFeed reporter Michael Hastings, who died in a car crash in 2013.

Prothero previously worked as McClatchy’s Iraq bureau chief.

Prothero told The Huffington Post that he hopes to use the award—a stipend of $85,000, plus benefits and access to BuzzFeed senior staffers—to report on global organized crime.

“A lot of stories get missed because no one is looking at them on a global, big-picture scale. A drug dealer in Colombia will be working with Russians in Barcelona — with organized crime, there’s sort of a global nexus to a lot of the way these things work.”