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.”