Overseas Press Club

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Previous Winners
1992 - 2003


From left: Mateo Hoke, Jacob Kushner, Jad Sleiman, Stephen Kalin, Valerie Hopkins, Christopher Harress, Patricia Rey Mallén, Frederick Bernas, Marina Villeneuve, Tom Finn, Justine Drennan, Anders Melin, Xiaoqing Pi, and Adriane Quinlan2013 Scholars

 

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The 2013 OPC Foundation Scholars

DAVID R. SCHWEISBERG MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Jad Sleiman, Temple University

Like the foreign correspondents who founded OPC, Jad earned his bylines covering conflict as a combat correspondent for the US Marine Corps.  No stranger to war, he grew up spending summers in war-weary Lebanon.  Fluent in Levantine Arabic, Jad wrote about watching a group of Marines training Ugandan soldiers to face extremism in East Africa and the young Ugandans’ surprising resiliency.

REUTERS INTERNSHIP
Anders Melin, New York University

A native of Sweden, Anders wrote about the little known fact that the European Union is the world’s largest subsidizer of agricultural ac­tivity, a line item that consumes 40 percent of the EU budget and yet 90 percent of the recipients are un­known. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Anders will spend his OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Brussels.

HARPER’S MAGAZINE SCHOLARSHIP in memory of I.F.STONE
Mateo Hoke, University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

Mateo is currently working on two main projects, traditional plant medicines in the Peruvian Amazon and life in the occupied Palestinian territories, the subject of his win­ning essay and the place where he has spent most of the last two years working on a book. A graduate of the University of Colorado-Boulder, the multimedia journalist wrote about tear gas launchers and victims in the small village of Bil’in.

IRENE CORBALLY KUHN SCHOLARSHIP
Marina Villeneuve, Dartmouth College

Marina’s winning essay was about the disproportionate impact of climate change on the vulnerable, indigenous populations of Mexico which is in the throes of its worst drought in 70 years. Her focus was the small village of Xaltipan and the consequences when the nearest river gradually dries up. Conversant in Spanish, Marina intends to return to Columbia, her homeland, for six months after college as a news assis­tant and researcher for NPR.

H.L. STEVENSON INTERNSHIP
Tom Finn, New York University

As a British Fulbright scholar, Tom is pursuing a dual master’s de­gree in journalism and near eastern studies. He began his career with the Yemen Times and later covered Yemen for a variety of news outlets. In his essay, he described the dan­gerous plight of illegal immigrants who are frequent kidnapping targets of Yemen’s criminal gangs. A graduate of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, he has an OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Cairo.

STAN SWINTON INTERNSHIP
Justine Drennan, Cambridge University

As a Princeton-in-Asia fellow at the Phnom Penh Post, Justine cov­ered the deportation of a Swedish hacker and possible WikiLeaks collaborator. She wrote how interna­tional aid often plays a role in the Cambodian politics of deporting foreign criminals. A graduate of Princeton University, Justine has an OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau

EMANUEL R. FREEDMAN SCHOLARSHIP
Christopher Harress, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Christopher studied journalism at Edinburgh Napier University so he could tell the stories he experienced as a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Navy. Now a committed investiga­tive journalist, he wrote about the unknown world of human trafficking in soccer players. His essay focused on the 1,000 young Africans living in poverty in Paris, having been drawn there by the promises of unscrupu­lous fake football agents-a practice that will only get worse in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

THEO WILSON SCHOLARSHIP
Patricia Rey Mellen, CUNY Graduate School of Journalism

A native of Spain and a graduate of the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Patricia wrote about the per­ils of illegal mining in Peru, a story she covered while there on an intern­ship with LaRepublica. She focused her essay on the impoverished family of a college student who perished in a mine collapse, a not uncommon oc­currence in a country where 500,000 are engaged in the illegal enterprise. She is fluent in English and French and proficient in Portuguese.

ROY ROWAN SCHOLARSHIP
Stephen Kalin, American University in Cairo

Now living in Cairo on a year-long Arabic language immersion fel­lowship program funded by the U.S. Department of Education, Stephen is the first in his family in a century to return to their Middle East roots. The Davidson College graduate wrote about the humanitarian efforts of Syrian refugees in Egypt helping their countrymen adjust to the hard­ships of their temporary home. He is the first recipient of an OPC Founda­tion internship with the GlobalPost.

FLORA LEWIS INTERNSHIP
Adriane Quinlan, University of Minnesota

Adriane will spend her OPC Foundation internship at the AP bu­reau in Beijing, the city that con­vinced her to become a foreign cor­respondent. Having lived there as a freelancer and speed typist in the lead-up to the 2008 Olympics, the Yale graduate, who is currently pur­suing an MFA in creative writing, wrote about theme parks in China, specifically, her own Beijing rite of passage: a trip to World Park.


S&P AWARD FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS REPORTING
Xiaoqing Pi, University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism

A graduate of Fudan University, Xiaoqing is fascinated with the Chi­nese tech industry, especially its larg­est tech companies and the under- covered stories of their connections to oppressed regimes and reliance on Chinese government support for success in global markets. Having interned already for The New York Times in Shanghai and the Phnom Penh Post, Xiaoqing will continue her work with an OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Beijing.

JERRY FLINT INTERNSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REPORTING
Valerie Hopkins, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Having grown up in Voice of America newsrooms, Valerie always knew her passion was international reporting. Proficient in three Balkan languages, she has spent the last 2.5 years in Bosnia and Herzegovina. She wrote about countries that con­done tax havens and money launder­ing, including the US. A graduate of William & Mary, she has an OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Belgrade.

THE WALTER & BETSY CRONKITE SCHOLARSHIP
Frederick Bernas, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

The unlikely topic of Frederick’s winning essay concerned a hip-hop battle of the bands for musicians within Mexico City’s prisons and their message of hope and rehabilita­tion. Fluent in Russian, the former Moscow-based broadcast journalist has sets his sites on Latin America. A graduate of the University of Bris­tol in England, he has an OPC Foun­dation internship in the AP bureau in Buenos Aires.

NATHAN S. BIENSTOCK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
Jacob Kushner, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Jacob intends to use the investi­gative skills honed during a two-year stretch in Haiti to uncover the stories and human consequences of China’s rise in Africa. In his essay, the Uni­versity of Wisconsin-Madison grad­uate reported on how the rapidly de­teriorating Sudanese economy may lead to the ouster of its 23-year Arab president. Fluent in Spanish, Jacob has an OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Nairobi.

 

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