Amelia Nierenberg is a journalist based in New York. She has reported in 13 states, two Native American nations and five countries, including Poland, the Gambia and Senegal. She comfortably interviews in both French and English.
In 2020, Amelia was a member of the inaugural fellowship class at The New York Times. Her story about the effect of the climate crisis on New Mexico’s prized Hatch chile pepper will be published in the 2020 Best American Food Writing anthology from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She also wrote about food and grief, and how a national decline in the number of Chinese restaurants tracks with upward socioeconomic mobility.
As a reporting intern with The Boston Globe, she interviewed almost 80 former high school valedictorians for The Valedictorians Project, a 2020 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Local Reporting.
She has also lived in Dakar, Senegal, where she worked as an Overseas Press Club Fellow with The Associated Press. She edited copy from 22 countries across West and Central Africa, wrote about disputed artifacts and helped cover the 2019 Senegalese presidential election. In college, she was a Paul Block Journalism fellow at The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Amelia graduated from Yale University with both a B.A. and an M.A. in intellectual history. There, she served as Opinion Editor of The Yale Daly News, and contributed regularly to The New Journal. Her thesis, on the controversy surrounding the 2005 murder of a young French Jew named Ilan Halimi, won the John Addison Porter Prize. It is among the highest the university confers.