Isaac Bailey

Ochberg Fellow

Isaac Bailey is a freelance journalist whose work has been published by Esquire Magazine, Politico,, Longreads and Nieman Reports, as well as several dozen newspapers and online publications throughout the United States. He was a 2014 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.​

Bailey has written about issues ranging from real estate and politics to criminal justice and left-lane driving. He has won numerous writing awards, including the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and others from the South Carolina Press Association, the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the National Association of Black Journalists and the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors. His first book, “Proud. Black. Southern. (But I Still Don’t Eat Watermelon in Front of White People)”, was released in 2009. Bailey’s second book will be published by Other Press in the fall of 2017.