Daniel Alarcón '95 Named MacArthur Fellow

Indian Springs alum Daniel Alarcón ’95 has been named a 2021 MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant,” awarded annually to talented individuals who have shown exceptional originality and dedication to their creative pursuits. There are 25 Fellows in the Class of 2021, representing a diversity of backgrounds and fields.

Daniel was born in Peru and raised in Alabama. After graduating from Indian Springs, he attended Columbia University and the University of Iowa. He was a distinguished visiting writer at Mills College and an investigative reporting fellow at the University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. He joined the faculty at Columbia University in 2014 and is currently an assistant professor in the school of journalism

Since 2012, Daniel has served as co-founder and executive producer of “Radio Ambulante,” a podcast distributed by National Public Radio. The podcast shares stories on a broad range of topics from over 20 Spanish-speaking countries. It has eight million downloads a year and is widely used as an educational tool for journalism classes. Daniel also recently joined the Spanish weekly news podcast “El Hilo” as editorial director.

Daniel is a contributing writer at The New Yorker and has published articles and short stories in numerous other magazines. He has authored three fictional novels: “War by Candlelight,” “Lost City Radio,” and “At Night We Walk in Circles.” His most recent publication is a collection of short stories entitled “The King is Always Above the People.” 

Congratulations, Daniel!