2015-2016 Knight-Wallace Fellows
Greg Amante, Study Project; Digital Diagnostics and the Doctor-Patient Relationship.
Greg Amante is an investigative producer for ESPN's Enterprise Unit, working primarily for the show “Outside the Lines.” In 2014, he received both the Alfred I. duPont Award for stories about high-stakes gambling on youth football and a Peabody Award for his work on an investigative series related to the concussion crisis in the NFL. Prior to joining ESPN in 2001, he began his television career at CNN. Over 30 years in broadcast journalism, Amante has covered breaking news and a variety of sporting events, including multiple Olympics, FIFA World Cups and Tour de France races. In 2003, he produced daily features from the Middle East during the beginning of the Iraq War. A graduate of Towson University in Maryland, he currently lives in Chicago.
Saundra Amhrein, Study Project: Growing Socioeconomic Inequalities in Cuba Amid Market Reforms
Saundra Amrhein is a Florida-based freelance journalist covering immigration news, currently reporting for outlets such as Thomson Reuters and Politico Magazine. She is the author of “Green Card Stories,” a 2012 award-winning book of narrative stories on the arduous journeys of 50 immigrants toward U.S. permanent residence and citizenship. A former reporter at the St. Petersburg Times (now the Tampa Bay Times), Amrhein has written on Iraqi refugees, undocumented immigrants “hidden” in the middle class and increased detention of immigrants. Prior to the Times, she worked in newsrooms from Chicago to Florida. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in Latin American & Caribbean Studies from the University of South Florida, basing her thesis on her research in Cuba.
Danya Bacchus, Study Project: Leaderless Movements: The Rise of Digital Activism
Danya Bacchus is a reporter/weekend anchor for the NBC owned and operated station in San Diego, California. Prior to arriving in San Diego, Bacchus was a general assignment reporter for WREG, the local CBS News station in Memphis, Tennessee. She also worked as a reporter/weekend anchor at WMDT in Salisbury, Maryland. Bacchus began her career as an assignment editor at WXLV in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and currently serves as president of the San Diego Association of Black Journalists. She graduated from North Carolina A&T State University.
Ricardo Balthazar, Study Project: Structured Journalism: How to Better Manage the Flow of Information and Coordinate Journalistic Teams
Ricardo Balthazar has been working as a journalist for almost 30 years. He started as a reporter in Jundiai, a medium-sized city near São Paulo, and is now the political editor at Folha de São Paulo, Brazil’s main daily newspaper. He has covered many topics as a reporter including politics, economics, labor unions, industrial policy and nuclear energy. He was a correspondent for the financial daily Valor Econômico in Washington, DC for almost four years, in which period he covered Barack Obama’s election and the global financial crisis of 2007-2008.
Christopher Baxter, Study Project: Supporting, Promoting and Integrating Enterprise Journalism in Digital-First Newsrooms
Christopher Baxter is a Statehouse Reporter for NJ Advance Media, serving The Star-Ledger and NJ.com. He covers the administration of Republican Governor Chris Christie, the State Police and state Attorney General’s Office. Prior to joining The Star-Ledger in 2011, he worked for The Morning Call in Allentown, Pa., focusing on environmental reporting. His work has garnered state and regional awards in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, as well as the national Livingston Award for Young Journalists in 2014. He has written for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, The Virginian-Pilot and The Boston Globe and has been published in the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post. He has appeared on NPR, CNN, Al-Jazeera America and Radio Ireland among others.
Cecilia Derpich, Study Project: Journalistic Innovations to Improve Print Newspapers
Cecilia Derpich is an Investigative Journalism Coordinator at El Mercurio, (established in 1827 and currently the largest newspaper in Chile). For 12 years she has covered government, politics and public works. Derpich is founder of “El Polígrafo” (The Polygraph) —the fact checking and investigative journalism unit at El Mercurio— the first of its kind in a Latin American newspaper. Her work has prompted several bills in the National Congress regarding changes in public policies and she has been invited to present the results of her investigations to Congress. Derpich received the IAPA-Knight-Wallace Fellows Chapultepec Grand Scholarship (2015), the Sustainable Journalism Award (2014), Transparency International Award (2014) and the Inter American Press Association Award (2011). She holds a degree in journalism and a master's in political science.
Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, Study Project: Non-Fiction Narrative Writing
Mohamed Fadel Fahmy, an Egyptian-Canadian journalist/author, has reported in the Middle East and North Africa. His work for the Los Angeles Times covering the Iraq War resulted in the book, “Baghdad Bound.” He also spent two years producing segments on social issues for Dubai Television. Fahmy and his CNN team received the Peabody Award and also the Tom Renner investigative reporting award. In September 2013, Fahmy accepted a position with Al Jazeera English Egypt and three months later he was arrested along with two colleagues. They are accused of conspiring with terrorists to portray Egypt in a state of civil war. Each received a seven-year sentence in a maximum-security prison. After 411 days, he was released on bail and his battle for freedom through the Cairo criminal court system continues.
Teresa Frontado, Study Project: How Can Legacy News Organizations Weather Social Media?
Teresa E. Frontado is a digital journalist with more than 18 years experience working in newspapers, TV and websites in Latin America and the U.S., including CBS Miami, Univision Network and El Nuevo Herald. She specializes in helping newsrooms navigate the complexities of digital transition and incorporate new technologies into their workflows. Frontado obtained her journalism degree from the Universidad Católica Andrés Bello in Caracas, Venezuela, and has two Master’s degrees: one in international law and diplomacy from Tufts University and another in Latin American history from the University of Miami. She was a New York Times Fellow at the Maynard Institute for Leadership at Harvard University, a member of the Miami Fellows Class VI and attended the Poynter Leadership Academy.
Jenna Krajeski, Study Project: The Impact of 9/11 on African American Muslims
Jenna Krajeski is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in The Nation, The New Yorker and Harper's, among other publications. From March 2010 though June 2011, she edited the Culture section of the English-language Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm (later the Egypt Independent) and contributed coverage of the 2011 Egyptian revolution to The New Yorker, Slate.com and Al-Masry Al-Youm. Later that year she moved to Istanbul where she began reporting on Turkey's embattled Kurdish minority with grants from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, eventually expanding her work on Kurdish issues into Iraq and Syria. Prior to relocating to Cairo, she worked as an associate editor in the The New Yorker's poetry department.
Michael Luongo, Study Project: Examining Tourism and Cultural Rebuilding in Post-War and Conflict Zones
Michael Luongo is a New York-based freelance journalist, editor and photographer, specializing in travel and LGBT issues. He has visited over 85 countries and all seven continents, his journalism concentrating on Latin America and the Middle East. Luongo was the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association (NLGJA) 2013 Journalist of the Year and the North American Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) Grand Prize in Travel Journalism Award Recipient in 2010 and 2014, for writing on tourism re-development in Iraq and other conflict zones. He is author or editor of 15 books, including “Routledge’s Gay Travels in the Muslim World” and “Frommer’s Buenos Aires.” The New Jersey native has a B.A. in Communications and a master’s in urban planning, both from Rutgers University.
Silas Martí, Study Project: International Models of Taxing Art
Silas Martí writes about visual arts, architecture and design at Folha de São Paulo. He has been a reporter at "Ilustrada," the art section of Brazil's leading newspaper, for the past eight years and has been writing exhibition reviews for the past four. While at the newspaper, he has covered seismic shifts in the artistic landscape in Brazil and the rest of the world. Martí frequently collaborates with other publications and has served as a contributing-editor to London's Frieze magazine since 2012. He also writes regularly for The Art Newspaper and for Artforum, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Vogue, Brasileiros and Select, as well as websites Art-Agenda and Artsy. In 2008 he worked alongside the architect Roberto Loeb in curating the Brazilian pavilion at the Venice Architecture Biennial.
Jaepil Noh, Study Project: Disaster Coverage in the New Media Era
Jaepil Noh has been a reporter at MBC for 15 years but took three years off to produce three television drama series. He returned to the newsroom in the winter of 2009, covering political issues and South Korea's diplomatic affairs. Since 2013, he has been working as a senior reporter and editor on the Social Affairs Team. Noh believes the Korean people and journalists went through hard times because of the sinking of the Sewol ferry last year. The press faced heavy criticisms by making crucial errors when reporting the accident. Noh wants to share his experiences and research to find the right way to cover and report disasters in the new media era.
Zeynep Özyol, Study Project: Managing Digital and TV Broadcast Integration
Zeynep Özyol is an Istanbul-based journalist with 18 years of work experience across a range of local and international outlets including television, print and digital media. Most recently, she was the editor-in-chief of Al Jazeera Türk Digital Magazine. For nearly a decade she worked for CNN Türk in various roles including editor of CNN Türk’s flagship daily evening news program. She won “Most Creative TV Show Award” of 2008 for the daily show she produced and presented and was a host lecturer at Istanbul’s Bahcesehir University.
Edouard Perrin, Study Project: Using Cooperative Journalism to Exploit Massive Data from Whistleblowers
Edouard Perrin began his career 19 years ago as a video journalist for French networks in Washington, DC and New York. He returned to France in 2001 and became a staff reporter for an investigative program broadcast on France 2 (the first French public network) in 2007. Perrin was awarded the Dauphine Business Journalism Award in 2008 for his story about the subprime crisis. In 2011, after extensive international assignments, including the “Arab Spring” in Egypt and Libya, Perrin joined “Cash Investigation” to work on long-form documentaries with rock-solid investigations and a humorous narrative. He is the reporter who revealed Luxembourg’s secret tax deals with multinationals in 2012, the story that morphed into “Luxleaks.” The two documentaries on this topic earned him several awards in Europe as well as an indictment in Luxembourg.
Will Potter, Study Project: How the War On Terror Impacts Whistleblowers and Journalists
Will Potter has spent his career telling the stories of people fighting for social change and attempts to silence their dissent post 9/11. His reporting and commentary have been featured by the Washington Post, CNN, National Geographic, WIRED and NPR. He has lectured at nearly 300 universities and forums, including Harvard Law School and Yale University and was selected as a TED Senior Fellow. Potter has been invited to testify before the U.S. Congress about his reporting, as the only witness opposing the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act, and he has spoken about his investigations before the Australian Parliament. His book, “Green Is The New Red: An Insider’s Account of a Social Movement Under Siege,” was described in Counter-Terrorism Unit surveillance documents as "compelling and well-written."
Mosi Secret, Study Project: The Role of Long-Form Narrative Journalism in Fostering Social Change
Mosi Secret has worked as a reporter on the metropolitan desk of The New York Times for nearly five years, covering crime, social services, courts and most recently, sin in New York City. He was previously a reporter at ProPublica, working on investigative projects in the area of criminal justice, and is a proud product of alternative newsweeklies, having worked at The Independent in Durham, N.C. and the Houston Press. His work has won several awards, including the Deadline Club Award for beat reporting, the Society of Silurians Award for feature writing, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism covering children and families and North Carolina Press Association Awards for investigative reporting and feature writing. Secret is a native of Atlanta and graduate of Harvard College.
Matthew Shaw, Study Project: Dealing With Depression Within Newsrooms
Matthew Shaw is currently the deployment editor for the BBC’s UK news gathering operation. He sits at the main news desk at the center of Europe’s largest newsroom and runs a team of senior journalists assigning correspondents, reporters, producers, camera crews and other resources around the UK and Ireland. Shaw chases news stories, assembles teams, manages crises and leads the coverage of UK stories across many multimedia news outlets. In a BBC career spanning three decades, Shaw has been at the heart of some of the UK’s biggest news stories – from the death of Diana to the 7/7 bombings. He was on the original launch team of the BBC’s first domestic 24-hour news TV Channel and led a British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) nominated team for domestic news coverage.
Maria Isabel Soldevila Brea, Study Project: Journalism’s Social Function in Challenging Business Environments
Maria Isabel Soldevila Brea is editor-in-chief of Listín Diario, a 125 year-old newspaper in the Dominican Republic. She also co-produces and anchors the TV magazine Enfoque Matinal at NCDN. Soldevila Brea’s duties include leading the Unesco Chair of Communication, Democracy and Good Governance hosted by the Pontificia Universidad Catolica Madre y Maestra. Her work has focused on human rights, especially women’s rights and immigration; and she is a co-founder of the Association of Dominican Journalists with a Gender Perspective. She has been a journalist for 19 years and has been awarded the Excellence Award in Journalism. Soldevila Brea was awarded the IAPA-Knight-Wallace Fellows Chapultepec Grand Scholarship (2015), a Fulbright and a Maria Moors Cabot scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at Columbia University. She is fluent in Spanish, English and French.
Doug Tribou, Study Project: Examining the Complex Intersection of Sports, Media and Advertising
Doug Tribou is a broadcast journalist who spent the past seven years as a reporter and producer for NPR’s sports program “Only A Game” based at WBUR in Boston. He has covered the Super Bowl, Stanley Cup Final, Rose Bowl and the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. Tribou first joined WBUR as a news anchor and his stories have appeared on “All Things Considered,” “Here and Now,” “Weekend Edition” and “Marketplace.” Previously, he served as the program and news director for WGAN and WZAN in Portland, Maine. Tribou recently earned a master’s in advertising from Boston University and received a Metropolitan College award for excellence in graduate studies. His reporting focuses on sports history, technology and the marketing of athletes, teams and leagues.
Bernice Yeung, Study Project: New Data-Gathering Strategies for Covering Vulnerable Communities
Bernice Yeung is a reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, the GuardianUS, KQED Public Radio and PBS “Frontline.” She has reported on topics ranging from human trafficking to wrongful convictions to policy loopholes in pesticide use that have increased health risks. At CIR, Yeung has been focused on multiplatform investigations about on-the-job sexual violence experienced by low-wage immigrant workers. She was part of the Rape in the Fields reporting team, a project that won a 2014 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award and Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, and a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting. The project prompted legislative and community efforts to combat sexual assault of female farm workers.