2013-2014 Knight-Wallace Fellows

Class of 2014

Petra Bartosiewicz

Petra Bartosiewicz, Study Project: The institutionalization of the War on Terror

Petra Bartosiewicz is a freelance writer living in New York City. Her forthcoming book, “The Best Terrorists We Could Find,” an investigation of terrorism trials in the U.S. since 9/11, will be published by Nation Books. She has written for numerous publications, including Harper’s, The Nation, Mother Jones, The Los Angeles Times, and has worked in radio for the weekly program, "This American Life," where her 2005 piece, “The Arms Trader,” was a finalist for the Livingston Awards and Scripps Howard Awards, and another piece, “The Prosecutor,” won the 2009 Newswomen’s Club of New York Award. Her 2009 story “The Intelligence Factory” in Harper’s Magazine was a runner-up for the Molly Ivins Award. She is the recipient of a 2009 Alicia Patterson Fellowship and was a 2011 Open Society Foundation Media Justice Fellow. She was a 2012 writing resident at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony. She got her start in journalism at The New York Observer and later attended the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.


Jenny Baxter

Jenny Baxter, Study Project: Changing large media organisations for the ongoing digital revolution.

Jenny Baxter is Controller of Production for BBC News and a member of the Board. She is responsible for major projects and change as well as running a news department of 400 operational studio staff. She was previously Head of Foreign News for the BBC (the only woman to hold this post), during which time the team won a  BAFTA and a number of Royal Television Society awards. Prior to that she was Live News Editor at the BBC . Jenny's background is in foreign news production, including a period as Washington producer. She is fluent in German and French.


Martin Bidegaray

Martin Bidegaray, Study Project: Dynasties: Families and the newspapers they own.

Martín Bidegaray has been a reporter since 1994, joining Clarín newspaper in 2007. He writes about economics, covering a wide array of news: business, politics and state owned companies. In April 2012, Bidegaray had the scoop about the nationalization of YPF (Yacimientos Petroliteros Fiscales), a major Argentine company. He has worked for several publications including El Cronista Comercial, Perfil, Buenos Aires Económico and La Prensa. He also had been a senior writer at Negocios, a monthly magazine about business.

Sylvia Colombo

Sylvia Colombo, Study Project: The final years of the Brazilian Monarchy

Sylvia Colombo has worked for Folha de Sao Paulo since 1993 in several capacities including reporter, editor of the teenagers’ supplement, editor of the cultural supplement and correspondent in London and in Buenos Aires. Her specialty is Latin American history of the 19th century and her most important research was about Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, the Argentine intellectual and president of Argentina (1868-1874). She is fluent in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Patrick Coolican

Patrick Coolican, Study Project: Sports and Gambling

Patrick Coolican is the metro columnist at the Las Vegas Sun. He has covered the city's struggling education, health care and social service infrastructure. Before becoming metro columnist, he wrote about the collapse of the Las Vegas economy after three years as the Sun's chief political reporter. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he studied the neuroscience of post-traumatic stress disorder as a Kiplinger Fellow in 2005. He was The Seattle Times' first politics blogger in 2004 and began his journalism career by starting a Web site in 2000 and following the presidential campaign from Iowa to New Hampshire in a beat up truck. He has also written for LA Weekly, The Nation, Politico, ESPN.com and TheAtlantic.com.  


Ilja Herb

Ilja Herb, Study Project: Enbridge and its transport of bitumen and documentary filming

Ilja Herb is a freelance photographer living in Victoria, British Columbia. His body of work covers a wide spectrum of topics including energy issues; resource use and conservation, and adventure travel. Ilja’s work has been featured in National Geographic (DE), GEO, Canadian Geographic, Outside, and Skiing Magazine. His most recent project explored Enbridge’s controversial Northern Gateway oil pipeline proposal and the risks associated with transporting bitumen via tankers down British Columbia’s hazardous central and south coasts. Ilja was recently recognized in American Photography’s 29th photo annual, and is represented by Getty Images’ Global Assignments division.  


Laura Holson

Laura M. Holson, Study Project: Creation and promotion of digital storytelling

Laura M. Holson is an award-winning feature writer at The New York Times whose articles have appeared in Vanity Fair, The New York Times Magazine, Businessweek and Smart Money. She joined the Times in 1998 covering the mergers and acquisitions boom and won a Gerald Loeb Award for business writing. In 2000, she moved to Los Angeles to write about Hollywood where, among other stories, she chronicled the shareholder unrest at The Walt Disney Co. that led to the resignation of chief executive Michael Eisner. Prior to joining the Times, she wrote in-depth articles for Smart Money magazine where she won a National Magazine Award. She worked at an investment bank before becoming a journalist, earning her stockbroker’s license and helping manage client accounts. Ms. Holson lives in Manhattan.

Michael Innes

Michael Innes, Study Project: The use of Syrian citizen jornalists by international media outlets

Michael Innes is a Senior Broadcast Journalist at the BBC World Service. He is currently an output editor on its flagship news program, Newshour. He has also produced features, documentaries and live news programs from around the world, including last year’s elections in France and the United States.

Sihaeng Jeong

Si-haeng Jeong, Study Project: Women's leadership in Korean and international politics

Si-haeng Jeong is a staff writer for The Chosun Ilbo, the oldest flagship newspaper in the Republic of Korea. She has mainly covered domestic politics, public policy and international affairs during her decade-long career. She has been distinguished for her succinct writing style and insightful interpretation of history, culture and psychology.


Bonney Kapp

Bonney Kapp, Study Project: The impact of the proliferation of news outlets on presidential politics

Bonney Kapp’s political reporting career began in 2004 when she covered the John Kerry/John Edwards campaign as the CBS News producer on the Edwards plane. She went back on the road in 2007 as the off-air reporter for FOX News following an underdog candidate for the Democratic nomination named Barack Obama. After President Obama’s inauguration in 2009, Bonney joined CNN, where she covered the 2010 mid term elections and eventually worked in CNN’s White House unit. As a political producer for CBS News since 2011, Bonney spent more than a year crisscrossing the United States on the campaign trail with the candidates vying for the Republican nomination for president, and later as the main producer with the GOP nominee, Mitt Romney.

Ruhullah Khapalwak

Ruhullah Khapalwak, Study Project: The effects of the digital revolution on journalism in the developing world

Ruhullah Khapalwak is an Afghan freelance journalist working with Western news outlets including The New York Times, CNN and Al Jazeera English since 2001. He has a strong record in investigative reporting while covering the war in Afghanistan, helping break stories on civilian casualties, illegal detentions and Taliban operations. He has recently branched out into video documentaries.

Louisa Lim

Louisa Lim, Study Project: China's post-Tiananmen political development: can its political system survive?

Louisa Lim has spent ten years in China, currently as NPR’s Beijing correspondent, and prior to that as the BBC’s Beijing correspondent. In her current role, she has exposed forced abortions in Guangxi, climbed a glacier on the Tibetan plateau, visited North Korea twice and has almost been trampled during a Mongolian horserace. She has won numerous awards for her radio and multimedia work, and was part of NPR teams that won a Peabody, an Alfred I Dupont-Columbia award and two Edward R. Murrow awards for their China coverage.

Curt Nickisch

Curt Nickisch, Study Project: Can technological education stop displacing American middle-class jobs?

Curt Nickisch is the Business and Technology Reporter at Boston’s NPR news station, WBUR-FM, where he covers the city’s technology sector, commercial enterprises, and its landscape of higher education and medical nonprofits. His stories have won national Edward R. Murrow and Scripps Howard Awards, and they regularly broadcast on National Public Radio and Marketplace, and in print publications including Fast Company. In 2013, he completed his MBA at Boston University focusing on entrepreneurship and business strategy. He earned his MS in Journalism and Mass Communication in 2009 from South Dakota State University, where his thesis examined the portrayal of America in East German radio drama. Earlier, he reported for South Dakota Public Radio and from Germany on a Fulbright exchange. He graduated from the University of Utah and tweets at @CurtNickisch.


Marcia Pledger

Marcia Pledger, Study Project: Business Etiquette

Marcia Pledger is a technology reporter and business columnist for The Plain Dealer and author of “My Biggest Mistake and How I Fixed it: Lessons from the Entrepreneurial Frontlines.” The book, inspired by her bi-weekly column, covers real life experiences of entrepreneurs and how they resolve them. In 2009, Marcia launched a business etiquette blog exploring mistakes we all observe and occasionally commit and has been a contributing writer for Money Magazine for 19 years. A journalist for 25 years, she is a graduate of the University of Missouri, a founder and chapter president of the National Association of Black Journalists, and was a business reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal for eight years. Marcia is on the speaking circuit discussing small business, business etiquette and her book.

Cynthia Rodriguez

Cynthia Rodriguez, Study Project: The connection between poverty and mental illness in the US and abroad

Cynthia Rodriguez is the Urban Policy reporter for New York Public Radio. Her stories include in-depth looks at homelessness, neighborhood violence, the city’s flawed child welfare system and more recently the impact of super storm Sandy on poor communities. Rodriguez has also covered New York City’s large immigrant population and the plight of workers in the country illegally who risk injury and death by working at dangerous construction sites. Her reports have aired nationally on NPR. She has won the Associated Press’ Best Enterprise Reporting award twice – including in 2010 for a story that exposed unscrupulous landlords taking advantage of people living on the margins and desperate for a place to live.

Megha Satyanarayana

Megha Satyanarayana, Study Project: Genetically modified foods: the fact and fiction of what we eat

Megha Satyanarayana is a reporter at the Detroit Free Press where she has covered public health and life in one of the country's most fascinating cities. Before that, through the Kaiser Family Foundation, she wrote about the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the health and welfare of coastal residents at the Sun Herald in Mississippi. 

Toni Sciarretta

Toni Sciarretta, Study Project: Brazil's financial infrastructure

Toni Sciarretta is a senior financial journalist at Folha de Sao Paulo, the biggest Brazilian newspaper. He covers banking and the financial market trends that have had a major boom since 2006. He is studying how Brazil can support infrastructure projects in the coming decades. The few projects that were carried out since the 70s, when most of the Brazilian infrastructure was built, were financed by cheap money from government following political orientation.


Laura Starechski

Laura Starecheski, Study Project: American perpetrators and media coverage of violence

Laura Starecheski travels the United States as a radio producer with NPR’s State of the Re:Union (SOTRU).  Her stories have aired on programs such as Radiolab, The World, Latino USA and elsewhere, and have been honored by the Third Coast International Audio Festival and the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, among others. Laura was a 2011-2012 Rosalynn Carter Fellow for Mental Health Journalism. She serves on the board of the Association of Independents in Radio.

Alex Stone

Alex Stone, Study Project: The science of addiction

Alex Stone is a writer based out of New York City. His work has appeared in such places as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Harper’s, Discover, The New Republic, and The Huffington Post. He is the author of “Fooling Houdini: Magicians, Mentalists, Math Geeks and the Hidden Powers of the Mind” (HarperCollins, 2012)—a book about the underground world of magic and magicians and its ties to psychology, neuroscience, physics, mathematics, gambling, religion, and crime. “Fooling Houdini” was named one of Amazon’s “Ten Best Nonfiction Books of 2012.” Stone also holds the dubious distinction of being the only person to have performed card tricks on CBS’ Face the Nation. He studied English at Harvard and has a master’s degree in physics from Columbia University. He grew up in Wisconsin, Texas, and Spain.

Scott Tong

Scott Tong, Study Project: Comparative innovation ecosystems and innovation history in China

Scott Tong is a correspondent for APM's Marketplace; sustainability desk and former China bureau chief. Currently, he focuses on energy, environment, resources, climate and the global economy. He has reported from the U.N. climate talks in Cancun, Japan’s earthquake and tsunami and the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa. His energy coverage has taken him to fracking wells in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas, the headquarters of Chesapeake Energy in Oklahoma City, battery entrepreneurs in Berkeley and the Alberta oil sands. Tong’s lengthy profile of the father of modern hydraulic fracturing, George Mitchell, is likely the 93 year-old Mitchell’s final interview. Tong has reported from more than a dozen countries. He joined Marketplace in 2004 and served as Shanghai bureau chief from 2006 to 2010. In China, he covered the 30th anniversary of the one-child policy in China, the Beijing Olympics, food and product safety, labor strikes, slave labor practices in brick kilns, child lead poisoning and baby-selling in China’s international adoption program. Prior to joining Marketplace, Tong worked at the PBS Newshour. Tong holds a bachelor’s degree in government from Georgetown University. He lives in Arlington, Virginia, with his wife Cathy and three children.

James Wellford

James Wellford, Study Project: A news platform focused on words and experiences of photojournalists

James Wellford is a photo editor and curator based in Brooklyn, New York. For 12 years he was the International Photo Editor at Newsweek magazine where he collaborated on a number of projects that received top honors at the Overseas Press Club, World Press Photo, POYi, American Photo, Visa Pour Lʼimages, PX 3, and at the National Press Photographers Association. He also curates photography and multimedia shows that address topical news issues in the world including most recently; “Flashback Iraq” by Franco Pagetti at the VII Gallery in Brooklyn, N.Y. March (2013). “Dispatch from Tohoku: Documenting the Aftermath in Japan” New York, NY (2012). “Generation 9/11, Ten Years of War Photography after 9/11” Co-curator, The Hague, Netherlands (2011). James has served as a jury member for the Tim Hetherington Award, Visa Pour Lʼimage, and the Overseas Press Club among others. He is the co-founder of two groups SeenUnseen and Screen that are working on ways to create, support, and deliver powerful visual and narrative stories around the world. He also teaches at the International Center of Photography in New York City and recently participated in the 2012 World Press Masterclass in Amsterdam. 

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