2012-2013 Knight-Wallace Fellows
Kate Brooks, Study Project; Ecological preservation in an overpopulated world with diminishing resources
For the past decade Kate Brooks has covered the Middle East, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Her photographs have appeared in TIME, Newsweek, The New Yorker and The New York Times and have been exhibited in the U.A.E., U.S. and Europe.
In 2011 she published her first book In the Light of Darkness, which documents her journey from 9/11 to the beginning of the Arab Spring in both pictures and words. She has been the recipient of numerous awards, including POYI, American Photography, Communication Arts, PDN 30, Ian Perry and Lucie Awards. Her book was recently chosen by PDN as one of the best photography books produced last year.
Kate also recently made her debut into the documentary film world as a cinematographer. The Boxing Girls of Kabul, premièred at the Independent Film Awards in November and is currently screening at HotDocs.
Silvio Cioffi, Study Project: E-publishing
Silvio Cioffi is the travel editor at Folha de Sao Paulo, Brazil’s largest newspaper, and their website, FOLHA.com. He previously edited the paper’s independent and prestigious opinion section, organized debates and built bridges between the newspaper and intellectuals, entrepreneurs and artists. Cioffi has received the Discover America Travel Writer Award and the Medaille de Turisme by the French Ministry of Tourism for his innovative work. He has a law degree from the University of Sao Paulo.
Nigel Doran, Study Project: South Korea's soft power ambitions
Nigel Doran is a senior broadcast journalist for the BBC World Service program "Newshour". He's held numerous newsroom roles for the BBC World Service, including Asia-Pacific editor and newsroom senior writer/ deputy desk editor. Prior to joining the BBC, Doran worked at two independent radio stations in the north of England. He is fluent in Chinese, Italian and French.
Rachel Dry, Study Project: Women and the leadership gap
Rachel Dry is the deputy editor of The Washington Post's Outlook commentary section, where she has worked as an editor since 2008. Prior to coming to Outlook, Rachel served as a web politics editor on the Post's national desk during the 2007-2008 primary season. Before joining the Post in 2006, she worked on the editorial staff of NPR's "All Things Considered". Her own writing has covered everything from Facebook to the sport of curling to John Steinbeck and the recession.
Shai Gal, Study Project: Do extremists control our life?
Shai Gal is a correspondent for Israeli Channel 2 News "Ulpan Shishi", a weekly magazine program. He reports on a wide range of issues: social, minority, political, military and culture. His series of cover stories on religious extremism in Israel received worldwide attention. He is the co-director of Google-Baby, a documentary about parents’ quests for the perfect baby. The film won an Emmy award in Outstanding Science and Technology Programming.
Joanne Gerstner, Study Project: Concussions in athletes
Joanne C. Gerstner is an award-winning multimedia sports journalist, author, media consultant and leader in advocacy for women in sports media. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, USA Today, espnW.com, Detroit News, and other outlets. Gerstner authored four children's books, released in 2011, with ABDO Publishing. She is the past president and chair of the board for the Association for Women in Sports Media (AWSM). She is a graduate of Oakland University and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She was also a varsity tennis player at Oakland University.
Suzette Hackney, Study Project: Enhancing traditional journalism with technology
Suzette Hackney is an award-winning journalist who works at the Detroit Free Press covering Mayor Dave Bing's administration and City
Hall. Hackney has covered a myriad of topics including the Detroit
Police Department and criminal courts; local and national politics;
residential real estate; urban affairs; and business news. She
previously worked at The Detroit News and The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Hackney has received numerous national and local reporting accolades,
including a 2012 National Headliner Award (1st place and Grand Award)
and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award. Hackney has served as a
commentator for the BBC, MSNBC and local television and radio
stations. She is a former vice president-print for the Detroit Chapter
of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is a
contributing author of an academic guide for journalism students
called "Covering Crime and Justice."
Amy Haimerl, Study Project: Abandoned places and the American dream
Amy Haimerl is the editor of USAA Magazine, which covers personal finance for military families. Before she fell into the PF world, she worked the 5 a.m. shift at CNNMoney through the Great Recession, helped start an alt-weekly in Jackson, Miss., and covered fashion, homelessness and urban development issues in Denver. She also mentors writers and has guided her staff to a number of awards, including the Livingston Award, Casey Medal and the IRE awards for Innovation and Investigative Reporting and Editing.
Markian Hawryluk, Study Project: Artificial hearts and their medical, economic and ethical ramifications
Markian Hawryluk is a health reporter with the Bend Bulletin, a daily
newspaper in Bend, Ore. He spent 12 years chasing down health policy
stories on Capitol Hill for a number of health care industry
publications before moving to Bend to launch a new healthcare features
section. Over the years, he has won multiple awards from the Society
of Professional Journalists, was a finalist for a Casey Medal for
Meritorious Journalism and in 2009 won the prestigious Bruce Baer
Award, Oregon's top prize for investigative journalism.
Donovan Hohn, Study Project: The maritime history of the Great Lakes and the Mississippi Valley
Donovan Hohn is the features editor of GQ and the author of Moby-Duck: The True Story of 28,800 Bath Toys Lost at Sea and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools, Including the Author, Who Went in Search of Them. His work has appeared in such publications as Harper's, The New York Times Magazine and Outside. The recipient of a Whiting Writers' Award and a 2010 NEA Creative Writing Fellowship, he is at present a finalist for the 2012 New York Public Library's Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism.
Sam Hudzik, Study Project: Breaking through to distracted listeners
As political reporter for Chicago Public Media, WBEZ-FM, Sam reports on state and local governments and elections. He previously edited WBEZ's newscasts, and freelanced from Washington, DC, for Midwest public radio stations. Sam won awards for chronicling the dysfunction of Illinois' youth prison system, the grunt work of mayoral campaigns, the city council's muted reaction to an alderman's arrest and the anniversary of a famous baseball rant. A graduate of George Washington University, Sam held jobs in politics and government before entering journalism.
Jong-Seok Kim, Study Project: Sports business and the Winter Olympics
Jung-Seok Kim is the deputy editor and chief reporter for the Sports and Leisure section of DongA Ilbo, one of South Korea’s major newspapers. In addition to covering sporting events around the globe, he writes a weekly column, Quick Assist. He has received Best Sports Writer Award (Korea Tennis Association) and Excellent New Reports (DongA Ilbo). Kim is a representative for the Korea Basketball Writers Assoication.
Tristram Korten, Study Project: An economic model for sustainable healthcare
Tristram Korten is a freelance journalist and a contributing editor at the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting. He covers crime, conflict and the environment throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and U.S. His work has appeared in The Atlantic, Fast Company, Details, Salon.com, Macleans, as well as on South Florida's public radio station WLRN. Korten has won numerous awards, most recently a National Headliner "Best of Show" for a radio piece on rising international fugitive rates and the difficulty extraditing them.
Justin Maiman, Study Project: The next financial crisis
Justin Cochrane Maiman has spent 15 years as a TV news producer. He is currently a Senior Broadcast Producer at Bloomberg Television, a global financial news network headquartered in New York City. Over the years, he's written, produced and launched shows for a wide range of networks and stations, including Fox News Channel and Fox affiliate WNYW, PBS, WGBH in Boston and Twin Cities Public Television, where he was nominated for an Emmy.
Tracie McMillan, Study Project: Education and social change
Tracie McMillan is the author of the New York Times bestseller, The American Way of Eating: Undercover at Walmart, Applebee's, Farm Fields and the Dinner Table. She has written about food and poverty for the New York Times, Harper's, Slate and Mother Jones, among others; won numerous awards for her work; and appeared widely on radio and television to discuss her work (and its derision by Rush Limbaugh).
Federico Monjeau, Study Project: American music in the 20th century
Federico Monjeau has been a music critic since 1984. In 1992, he joined Clarín newspaper. He writes about classical music, covering a wide range of genres, from opera to contemporary music.
Monjeau is a professor of Musical Aesthetics at the school of Philosophy and Literature of the University of Buenos Aires. He has lead seminars at several universities in Argentina and taken part in international colloquiums at prestigious colleges such as Harvard and Carleton College in Minnesota. Published in 2004, his book La Invención Musical has been highly praised by critics.
Josh Neufeld, Study Project: Bahrain's Pearl Movement
Josh Neufeld is a comics journalist known for his graphic narratives of political and social upheaval, told through the voices of witnesses. He is the writer/artist of A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge, and the illustrator of The Influencing Machine, both of which were New York Times bestsellers. He was a long-time artist for Harvey Pekar's American Splendor. Neufeld is the recipient of a Xeric Foundation grant and a multiple Eisner Award nominee.
Amir Paivar, Study Project: Are economic sanctions an effective foreign policy tool?
Amir Paivar is an Iranian bilingual television correspondent at the BBC. He was born and raised in Tehran. Amir covers business and economy and has reported on the global financial downturn and economy of Iran. He was a consultant on BBC’s landmark TV series, Iran and the West. Previously, he was a Reuters correspondent and a political risk analyst for a consulting firm. Amir studied international relations at the London School of Economics on the prestigious Chevening Scholarship.
Sabine Righetti, Study Project: The methodologies of university rankings
Sabine Righetti is the science and health reporter for Folha de Sao Paulo, the biggest newspaper in Latin America. Her main areas of interest are science, health, environment and education. She is a professor and researcher in Sao Paulo and a PhD candidate in science and technology policies. Her interest in education rights resulted in the book The Right to Education: Constitutional Aspects, a finalist for the Jabuti Award, the most important award in Brazilian literature.