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Interview | Jordan Riefe

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Here is a story about a great journalist. LA-based arts & culture reporter Jordan Rieke won our Matt Kramer Award for his article Skid Robot: the street artist drawing attention to LA’s homeless residents that first appeared in the The Guardian. His news stories get you to experience the infinite ways arts and culture benefits humanity on a global scale. 

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