Elly Fishman

Elly Fishman’s work as a journalist and author chronicles stories of struggle and resilience inside American cities. Her reporting has earned her numerous awards, including several Peter Lisagor awards, city and regional magazine association awards, and the Pattis Family Foundation award. Her first book, Refugee High: Coming of Age in America (The New Press), follows the students and faculty at Chicago’s Roger C. Sullivan High School. The book won the prestigious Studs and Ida Terkel Prize for a first book in the public interest. Fishman lives in Milwaukee with her husband and their daughter. She is a Chicago native and graduate of the University of Chicago.

News and Reviews

Washington Post

Read a review of Refugee High in the Washington Post.

Borderless Magazine

Read an excerpt from Refugee High in Borderless Magazine

Books by Elly Fishman

Refugee High
Coming of Age in America

Elly Fishman