My name is Miela Fetaw. I'm an Eritrean-American journalist and digital content strategist. I primarily write about crime and local issues, with interests in investigative journalism. My personal writing explores the tension between home and escapism as survival and the intersection of diaspora, community and womanhood.
Although I grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, I have managed to evolve into a world traveler. Storytelling has allowed me to travel throughout different parts of the continental United States, Japan, and, most recently, Southern Italy.
In Tigrinya, the word negarit loosely translates to 'drummer girl' (or in Amharic 'the awakener'), she who'd warn her village of incoming war or violence. I want to use my words to tell stories of vulnerable and underrepresented communities.
When I'm not working, I love procrastinating, eating injera and barbecue chicken pizza (not simultaneously), filmmaking and traveling to small towns in search of coffee shops and wine. My sorority sister once called me the "fake, deep Oprah".
awards / recognitions
2018 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation awarded by the Radio Television Digital News Association
2018 Open Records Scoop of the Year ("Scoopee") awarded by the Freedom of Information Council of Wisconsin
2018 National Finalist In-Depth Reporting awarded by the Society for Professional Journalists
2018 Honorable Mention Public Affairs Reporting awarded by the Wisconsin College Media Association
2017-2018 Emerging Reporter Fellowship awarded by ProPublica
2016 Best Collegiate Newscast awarded by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Midwest chapter
2017 Roy W. Howard Reporting Fellowship awarded by the Indiana University School of Journalism
First Place Online Sports Reporting awarded by the National Society of Professional Journalists
2017 First Place Online Sports Reporting awarded by the Midwest Region of the Society of Professional Journalists
2017 Online Feature Reporting Regional Finalist awarded by the Midwest Region of the Society of Professional Journalists
2017 First Place Sports Reporting awarded by the Wisconsin College Media Association
2015-2016 Best Collegiate Newscast awarded by The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (Midwest chapter)
2016 Photo & Digital Media Fellowship awarded by the Joy of Giving Something Foundation
2016 AALCI Fellowship awarded by the African American Literature and Cultures Institute in San Antonio, TX.
2016 Nate Parker Film Fellowship awarded by the Nate Parker Foundation in Marshall, TX.
2016 Marcus Graham Project Fellowship awarded by the Marcus Graham Project in Detroit, MI.