Past Fellows: 2014-2015

Gregory Anderson, Study Project: Long-form journalism and digital storytelling

Gregory Anderson has spent his career getting new media companies established, and helping established publications reinvent themselves online. He is a former editorial director at Yahoo. Over the course of his career, he has worked on the editorial staffs of several publications, including Popular MechanicsRobb Report, Automobile Magazine, and He has also written articles for Forbes, Car and DriverWorth, and others about a variety of topics related to adventure, transportation, travel, or some combination thereof. He won an inaugural Webby Award in 1997, and has since learned not to take winning awards for granted. 


Divya Arya, Study Project: Reporting sexual violence in India

Divya Arya is an India based correspondent with the BBC reporting for its television, radio and web platforms in English and Hindi. She has focused her journalism on exploring human rights issues with a specific concentration on gender for more than a decade. In recent years, she has written about why the Indian state with one of the highest levels of education for women also has the highest cases of reported rape, the largest Muslim ghetto to have come up in the Indian State of Gujarat that witnessed a communal pogrom in 2002, women illegally employed as manual scavengers to clean human excreta, landless farmers reduced to daily wage laborers as land is acquired for industrial development and victims of false cases of terrorism. She believes, that whether she is reporting on women, about women or otherwise, all her reports are informed by ‘journalism as if gender matters.’ Over the last few years, she has been invited to speak on gender discrimination in the news industry. She was also part of the Indian Government’s National Consultation on Women and Media this year, an exercise aimed at formulating the government’s new policy on women.

Ali ihsan Aydin, Study Project: Designing a digital-native newsroom

Ali İhsan Aydın has been working as the head of Euronews Turkish television since 2009 in Lyon France. Prior to that, he covered European and North African countries for different Turkish media outlets. He served as Paris correspondent of Turkish daily Zaman from 2004 to 2009. He then joined the European news channel Euronews and launched its 24/7 Turkish edition. He also contributed to TRT, Turkish public broadcaster; l’Essentiel des Relations internationales, a French journal; Radikal, Turkish daily; Aksiyon, a Turkish weekly focusing onEuropean affairs. A graduate of Boğaziçi (Bosphorus) University in İstanbul, Ali İhsan received an M.A. in European Studies from Strasbourg University. He worked as a research fellow for the French think-tank, Fondation pour l’innovation politique (Fondapol), in 2007-2008. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from France’s leading political science school, Sciences Po de Paris. His doctoral thesis focused on the political involvement of Christian churches in the European Union.

Patrick Coolican

Jason Fagone, Study Project: The future of urban mobility

Jason Fagone writes about science, sports, and culture. He is a contributing editor at Wired and a writer-at-large at Philadelphia, and has also written for GQ Magazine, Men’s Journal, and In 2005, he published "Horsemen of the Esophagus," a book about competitive eating and last year he completed "Ingenious", a book about inventors and the future of cars. He lives outside of Philadelphia with his wife and daughter.


Ilja Herb

Kim Gamel, Study Project: Digital journalism training models

Kim Gamel is a veteran foreign correspondent and news editor for The Associated Press. She has spent most of the past decade in conflict zones, including postings in Iraq and Egypt and assignments in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya. She has managed top stories ranging from the Nobel Prizes to the Syrian civil war and the Arab Spring. Gamel started her career working for an English language newspaper in Moscow and speaks Russian fluently. She also has served as AP's Nordic/Baltic news editor based in Sweden. A native of Idaho, she graduated from Bates College in Maine and holds a master's degree from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.


Laura Holson

Eduardo Augusto Geraque, Study Project: Unsustainable cities

Eduardo Augusto Geraque has been chasing the news for 20 years. He has reported on soccer games, covered the environment in Antarctica and took journalistic trips to the Amazon region and the mountains of Chile where several Brazilian astronomers work. In the interior of Brazil, Geraque reported on the centenary of the ‘Mal de Chagas’ disease in Minas Gerais. He worked in sports radio and for major newspapers in Brazil such as Gazeta Mercantil and the Brazilian Financial Times. He also worked as a crime reporter. At Folha de San Paulo, the largest newspaper in Brazil, Geraque covered tragedies like the fire at the nightclub Kiss (when 241 young people died). He has been at the paper since 2006 and currently works at the metropolitan desk.

Sihaeng Jeong

Samantha Henry, Study Project: Attracting immigrant entrepreneurs to revitalize cities

Samantha Henry is an award-winning multimedia reporter at The Associated Press where she was among the first wave of staffers to be cross-trained in producing print, radio and video stories for the wire service. Prior to joining the AP, she worked at several newspapers in New York and New Jersey, CNN television network and as a media officer at The United Nations in New York and Latin America. She is a graduate of Hunter College of the City University of New York.


Michael Innes

Tracy Jan, Study Project: Morality and money in medicine

Tracy Jan covers politics and health care from the Washington bureau of The Boston Globe. Her stories about Congressional dysfunction in the bureau series “Broken City” won the 2014 National Press Foundation’s Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for distinguished reporting on Congress. A former education reporter, Jan has won the National Headliner Awards for chronicling the fate of Boston's English High School, America's oldest public high school that the state threatened to shut down for poor performance. She was a finalist for The Livingston Awards for Young Journalists in 2011 and 2009 for her series of stories examining the challenges facing the University of Massachusetts system and for her coverage in Beijing of American universities courting Chinese students. Prior to joining the Globe in 2004, Jan covered crime, courts and education at The Oregonian in Portland, Ore. Jan received her bachelor's degree in communication and master's degree in sociology from Stanford University. After college, she spent a year on a Fulbright Fellowship in Taipei, Taiwan working on her Mandarin and writing for an English language newspaper.

Bonney Kapp

Larry Lage, Study Project: Creating a platform to give deaf people access to media

Larry Lage has been a Michigan-based sports writer for The Associated Press since 2000. A native and resident of Ann Arbor, MI, he has covered five Final Fours, three Winter Olympics, three Stanley Cup finals, two NBA finals, two Rose Bowls, one Super Bowl, a Major League Baseball All-Star game, one Ryder Cup and a PGA championship.

Ruhullah Khapalwak

Jason Margolis, Study Project: Infrastructure innovations to deal with climate change

Jason Margolis is a Boston-based reporter with the public radio program The World. Since 2006, Margolis has covered a range of issues including U.S. politics, global economics, climate change and the American immigration debate. He has reported from 17 countries and 29 U.S. states and done television work for PBS and the BBC. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor’s in history from UCLA. His experience includes working as a reporter with KQED Public Radio in its Sacramento bureau, The Seattle Times newspaper and MarketWatch in San Francisco. He is the recipient of multiple reporting awards including recognition by the Society of Environmental Journalists and was a finalist in 2007 for the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists.

Louisa Lim

Helen Maynard, Study Project: Adjusting metro reporting to population loss

Helen Maynard has worked with ABC News since 2005. She currently serves as the weekend manager for the affiliate news service, Newsone, supporting network and affiliate coverage of major events including the last two presidential elections, the sex abuse scandal at Penn State and ABC's Peabody Award winning reporting on Hurricane Sandy. Helen started her career as a desk assistant WEWS TV in Cleveland, Ohio. As a producer, she won a local Emmy for news special on teen issues. As a manager, she helped launch Scripps innovative Democracy 2000, an initiative to provide free airtime to political candidates. Helen enjoys working with young journalists and participating in the National Association of Black Journalist's Urban Journalism Workshop.

Curt Nickisch

Gerry Mullany, Study Project: Asian history and culture

Gerry Mullany is the Asia editor for, where he runs the site's coverage of Asia, assigning reporters, determining website play of stories and working to turn The Times's Hong Kong-based Asia operation into a more digitally-focused enterprise. Previously, he served as The Times's deputy politics editor for the 2008 and 2012 presidential campaigns, running its daily coverage of the two races. A native New Yorker, he started on The Times's metropolitan desk where he worked for more than a decade in various roles. He graduated from SUNY Binghamton with a history degree and studied political economy at the graduate level at Brooklyn College.


Marcia Pledger

Maria Natalia Ortega, Study Project: Vertical publications: Opportunities for Latin American journalism

Maria Natalia Ortega received a Bachelor's degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Universidad Externado de Colombia. She has 15 years of experience in creating, producing and coordinating editorial projects for print and digital media. After starting in the newsrooms of El Tiempo and Terra Colombia, she started working for vertical industries publications at Carvajal Información, where she has held positions as Web editor, Editor in Chief and now Editorial Director. In 2011, Ortega received the Siemens Environmental Journalism Award, granted for the first time to an industry publication in Latin America.

Cynthia Rodriguez

Hae-young Park, Study Project: America’s manufacturing renaissance

Hae-young Park has been with The Korea Economic Daily for more than 17 years. He joined that publication in 1997 when many companies were beginning to face financial crises due to poor debt management. He witnessed manufacturing companies and financial institutions go bankrupt and the Korean government applied to the International Monetary Fund for a bailout.
In 2005, Park was transferred to the capital market desk where he covered stocks and bonds. He maintains that September 15th 2008, when U.S investment bank Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy, was a turning point in his career. The events after Lehman’s bankruptcy revealed how much influence the insolvency of just one investment bank could put on the world economy. Global financial markets were in a state of uncontrollable confusion and he was surprised to see that investors made irrational decisions for psychological reasons. He is now back at the industry desk watching as Korean companies such as Samsung and Hyundai are experiencing difficulties after rapid growth periods. He is hopeful that he may learn a few things from the U.S. manufacturing sector that may be of help to Korean companies and businessmen. Park was awarded the Samsung Journalism Award in 2003.


Megha Satyanarayana

Sergio Rangel, Study Project: Betting and match-fixing in sports

Sergio Rangel is a senior sports journalist at Folha de S.Paulo. He covered the last three World Cups (2002, 2006 and 2010), the 2012 Olympic Games and has reported from more than 30 countries, including North Korea and Haiti. In 2012, Rangel won the Brazilian Esso Journalism Grand Prize, the most important award in the country, the Brazilian "Pulitzer."


Toni Sciarretta

Steffanie Riess, Study Project: Understanding trends in media consumption

Steffanie Riess is a Washington, D.C. based journalist for the public German television network ZDF. Her job for the past 12 years has included not only covering every major U.S. news story but also trying to explain America and the Americans to the German public. Her beat extends south of the border as well and she spends a good amount of her time reporting from Haiti, Mexico and Cuba. Riess has produced several documentaries, including an award-winning film on socio-economic inequalities in the United States. She started her journalistic career in London, England where she worked for various international broadcasters.


Alex Stone

Eric Strauss, Study Project: Giving voice to the voiceless through digital storytelling

Eric M. Strauss is a Producer for ABC News 20/20 in New York City where he creates documentary, enterprise, investigative and breaking news segments from conception to broadcast. Duties include developing stories, directing camera crews, shooting footage, conducting interviews, writing scripts, and supervising editing. He has been honored with numerous awards including the Emmy, DuPont, Peabody, Edward R. Murrow and RFK Award while working on memorable projects including segments about Monica Lewinsky (Barbara Walters), Jaycee Dugard (Diane Sawyer), Mayor Giuliani on the day of the 2001 terrorist attacks, juvenile corrections, a day in the life of a social worker, teenage victims of domestic trafficking, and children battling to overcome Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Scott Tong

Abbie Fentress Swanson, Study Project: More meat: Environmental impacts of growing global demand

Abbie Fentress Swanson is an award-­winning radio reporter covering agriculture and food production. She recently returned to New York from Missouri, where she reported for nearly two years for Harvest Public Media and KBIA Radio. While in the Midwest, Swanson filed national stories for NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Here & Now and published work in The Kansas City Star. She won two Edward R. Murrow awards for her reporting on agricultural runoff in Corn Belt waterways and the impacts of the 2012 drought and was an Institute for Justice & Journalism “Immigration in the Heartland” fellow in 2013. Swanson covered the arts for WNYC Radio in New York before moving to the farm beat, and edited the station’s culture web site. She has also reported forThe Patriot Ledger, the Virginia Quarterly Review and KALW radio. Swanson holds a graduate journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley and an undergraduate degree in Italian Studies from the College of William & Mary.

Robert Wildeboer

Robert Wildeboer, Study Project: American criminal justice and science

Robert Wildeboer is the criminal and legal affairs reporter for WBEZ, the public radio station in Chicago. He is responsible for covering federal and state courts as well as law enforcement agencies and issues of crime. In addition, he is also on the special projects and investigations desk at WBEZ. Much of his work in the last couple of years has focused on prisons, expensive institutions that are subject to little public oversight. Wildeboer spent much of 2012 seeking access to the prisons in Illinois, waging a very public battle with Gov. Pat Quinn. The governor had refused to let reporters into the facilities, citing safety and security reasons. However, when WBEZ threatened to sue the governor and the Department of Corrections, the state relented and hosted tours that attracted dozens of reporters from across the state. Wildeboer's efforts were featured in several publications, including a cover story on prison reporting and access in the Columbia Journalism Review. His dogged reporting has shed light on numerous issues of injustice in Chicago and Illinois calling the public officials to account and often resulting in changes that serve the public. His reporting has been recognized with dozens of awards. He teaches in the graduate journalism department at Columbia College, Chicago.


Joanne Will

Joanne Will, Study Project: The responsibilities of fossil-fuel exporting jurisdictions

Joanne Will has worked a range of assignments in her ten years as a journalist - from interviewing cultural figures such as Yann Martel and Daniel Lanois, to profiling entrepreneurs, and harvesting wapato with her bare feet while waist-deep in an icy river. Since 2009, she has been a columnist for the award-winning Drive section of The Globe and Mail. Will is passionate about sustainable transportation and examining solutions to the global energy crisis. She recently participated in the Media Travel Programme of the OECD's International Transport Forum and has also written extensively about the journey of food, from farm to plate. Her stories for The Tyee's Eat Your History series are included in the book Harvested Here.



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