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The OPC Foundation keeps in touch with its scholarship winners and encourages their careers. The following is any update on where our past winners are today.

Donna Airoldi, 2017 Reuters awardee, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Reuters bureau in Bangkok. Here is his first byline.

Joseph Ataman
, 2017 Roy Rowan scholar, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press in Istanbul. Here is a story he did for AP that ran in the Washington Post. Here is a story he did for Wall Street Journal, the subject of his winning essay.

Gabriela Bhaskar, 2017 David R. Schweisberg winner, graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2017. One of her photos for Reuters was chosen one of top 20 photos of the week by The Guardian. She was also named to the first Women Photograph Mentorship Class. The program will pair 22 industry leaders (11 photographers and 11 photo editors) with 22 early-career photojournalists over the course of a year

Sarah Dadouch, 2017 Emanuel R. Freedman awardee, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in Reuters bureaus in London and Beirut.

Rajiv Golla, 2017 Cronkite winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Nairobi.  Here’s his first byline.

Lisa Martine Jenkins, 2017 Stan Swinton awardee, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the AP bureau in Mexico City. Here is her first byline.

Yi-Ling Liu, 2017 Fritz Beebe scholar, has an OPC Foundation fellowship at the Associated Press bureau in Beijing. Here is her first byline for AP.

Cate Malek, 2017 Irene Corbally Kuhn winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the GroundTruth Project. This is the first part of that project. Here are her bylines.

Elizabeth Miles, 2017 Flora Lewis winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Reuters bureau in Brussels. Here and one of two others are stories that she did for Reuters that were also picked up by NYT online. She is now in Bogota on a research fellowship, working for the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on transitional justice issues for a few months and then freelancing full time in Bogota

Uliana Pavlova, 2017 Theo Wilson scholar, graduated from the University of Missouri.  She has an internship with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Charles Rollet, 2017 Jerry Flint Fellowship for International Business Reporting, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.

Serginho Roosblad, 2017 Harper's Magazine winner, has an internship at KQED where he'll focus on both video and photography.

Tik Root, 2017 H.L. Stevenson winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the AP bureau in Jerusalem.

Amaury Sablon, 2017 N.S. Bienstock awardee, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the GroundTruth Project and will travel to Cuba for project on religion. Here is part one of that project.

Katherine Sullivan, 2017 S&P Global Award winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with Forbes India in Mumbai. Here is a story she wrote them.

Levi Bridges, 2016 Swinton winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Moscow bureau of The Associated Press. Here is a story he reserached during his time in Moscow.

Jesse Coburn, 2016 Harper’s Magazine in memory of IF Stone winner, had an internship with the Baltimore Sun. He is now a staff reporter at Newsday.

Alissa Greenberg, 2016 Schweisberg winner, plans to return to Hong Kong after graduating from Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism. Here is a 2017 story she did for the New Yorker.

Annika Hammerschlag, 2016 Irene Corbally Kuhn winner, is the education reporter at the Naples Daily News in Florida.

Dake Kang, 2016 Fritz Beebe winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in Bangkok with the Associated Press.  He had spent the summer and fall stringing for the AP. Dake is now based the AP bureau in Cleveland.

Aizah Kohari, 2016 Cronkite winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Mexico City.

Isma'il Kushkush, 2016 Rowan winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Jerusalem bureau of The Associated Press. He has been working for the New York Times.

Russell Midori, 2016 Bienstock winner, is the OPC Foundation’s first winning videographer. Russell is now a Cinematographer/Field Producer at CBS News.
 
Gabrielle Paluch, 2016 HL Stevenson winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Bangkok bureau of The Associated Press. She followed that with an internship with the Wall Street Journal.

Katie Riordan, 2016 Flora Lewis winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the London bureau of The Wall Street Journal.

Neha Thirani Bagri, 2016 Flint winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with The GroundTruth Project. She next has a fellowship with Quartz in New York City.

Pete Vernon, 2016 Theo Wilson winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Johannesburg. He is now the Delacorte Magazine Fellow at the Columbia Journalism Review.

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, 2016 Freedman winner, is on staff with Mother Jones magazine.

Neha Wadekar, 2016 Theo Wilson winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Nairobi and stayed on as a freelancer for Reuters and others.

Wei Zhou, 2016 S&P winner, is a Shanghai-based reporter at Mergermarket, a financial news service. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Shanghai bureau of The Wall Street Journal.

Ted Andersen, 2015 Cronkite winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in Bangkok for Associated Press. This is a front page article he did for the San Francisco Chronicle on mercury in Shasta Lake fish. Here is is first byline from Cambodia. Here is his first AP story on Yahoo News.

Miriam Berger, 2015 Swinton winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with AP in  Jerusalem. In 2017, she received a Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grant for a series of stories on the human impact of privatization policies on Israelis and Palestinians

Fatima Bhojani, 2015 Wilson winner. Here is a cover story she did for Newsweek Middle East. Fatima ad an internship with Reuters in 2017.

Makini Brice, 2015 Lewis winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in Dakar for Reuters.  Here is one of a shared byline on the Senegalese migrant exodus. Reuters extended her time there for an additional six months. She is the recipient of a NABJ Reuters Fellowship. She is now working for Reuters in Haiti and was there when Hurricane Matthew hit the island.

Max deHaldevang, 2015 Reuters winner, has an Atlantic fellowship with Quartz in New York City. He had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Mexico City as an OPC Foundation fellowship.  Some bylines on gay marriage in Mexico and the ruling party's position on the election. Here is a story he did for Quartz.

J.p. Lawrence, 2015 HL Stevenson winner, is now a reporter for the premium team at the San Antonio Express News.  He’ll be covering military issues and writing explainer articles for the newspaper's site behind the paywall. He worked most recently for the Albany Times Union.  Jp had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press in Uganda.

Tusha Mittal, 2015 Rowan winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship, working with GroundTruth.

Timothy Patterson, 2015 Flint winner, went to AP in Mexico City as an OPC Foundation fellow. He has an AP Big Story on a 90-year old mariarchi temple. He spent the summer of 2016 on an internship with Naples News (FL) and then moved on to Myanmar where he is a copy editor at the Irrawaddy Times.

James Reddick, 2015 Kuhn winner, is now at reporter in Phmon Penh for the Khmer Times, an English-language daily started by OPC Member Jim Brooks.  Begun as a weekly in 2014, the electronic/print media organization increased first to twice a week and then in January 2015 to three times a week in an organized step towards being a daily.

Alexander Saeedy, 2015 Fritz Beebe,had an OPC Foundation fellow in the Reuters bureau in Brussels.  Here’s an early byline on the new far-right bloc in EU parliament. He is back in Brussels as a Policy Reporter with DeHavilland covering committees inside the Parliament and European Council and writing a daily press briefing.

Jenny Starrs, 2015 Bienstock winner, is the overnight digital video editor for the Morning Mix at the Washington Post. She won the Exceptional Merit in Media Award (EMMA) from the National Women's Political Caucus (NWPC).  Her multi-media award-winning entry,  Women in politics: How the US compares with the world, was produced for The GroundTruth Project as part of her fellowship for the OPC Foundation. 

Ben Taub, 2015 Freedman winner, has been working for the New Yorker since graduation from Columbia School of Journalism. Here is a cover story he did for them. Also for the New Yorker, Ben wrote about the return of ISIS fighters and his narrow brush with danger in Kilis. In 2017 he was named one of five 2017 ASME Next Award winners. Next Awards honor journalists under 30. 

Katerina Voutsina, 2015 S&P winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Wall Street Journal in Brussels. Here are some examples of her work for them: Greece's possible exit from Eurozone and her blog posts on Migration. She is now back freelancing in her native Greece.

Kyle Walker, 2015 Schweisberg winner, is currently an M.A. Candidate, Journalism and European Studies at New York University.

Mark Anderson, 2014 Freedman winner, is the Nairobi Bureau Chief of The Africa Report, coordinating the magazine's coverage of East Africa and the Horn. Previously, he was a journalist covering global development for the Guardian in London. Here is a sample of his work for them.

Olivia Crellin, 2014 Theo Wilson winner, is now a reporter with BBC News. She was the first OPC Foundation/Wall Street Journal fellow and worked in the WSJ bureau in Madrid. Here is her first byline.

Maddy Crowell, 2014 Kuhn winner, is areporter for the Khmer Times, an English-language publication in Cambodia. Here is a story she wrote for Harper's on battle fatigue in Kashmir.

Portia Crowe, 2014 Reuters winner, is now a reporter for Business Insider.  She also was an OPC Foundation fellow in the Reuters bureau in Nairobi.

Jian Gao, 2014 Rowan winner, has already won several photojournalism awards. One of his photos was chosen Photo of the Day by National Geographic.

Caelainn Hogan, 2014 HL Stevenson winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship at an Associated Press bureau in Nigeria. Here is a piece she did for Harper's Magazine Online. She completed a summer internship with the Washington Post. Here is a story she did for Nova as a global health fellow for GroundTruth Project. Here is a article she wrote for the New York Times Magazine.

John Ismay, 2014 Flint winner, is now the Veterans & Military Issues Reporter at KPCC Public Radio in Los Angeles.  He had an OPC Foundation fellowship with GlobalPost. See here and here. John was listed as the main contributer of a ground-breaking front-page story by C.J. Chivers on the legacy of chemical weapons in Iraq in the New York Times. John also wrote for the Times' At War blog.

Sam Kimball, 2014 Swinton winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Associated Press bureau in Beirut. Here is a story he did for GlobalPost on the politics of hip-hop in Tunisia. Here is one of his first stories for AP. Here is another. He is currently freelancing in Tunisia. He recently has a three-week gig for UNICEF in Addis Ababa.

Derek Kravitz, 2014 IF Stone winner, won a Deadline Award for Newspaper or Digital Local News Reporting from the New York chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He shared the prize with colleagues at ProPublica for their series “The Rent Racket,” about widespread problems with rent control and other tenant protections in New York City. Kravitz is the research editor at ProPublica and teaches investigative reporting at Columbia’s Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism. He previously worked at The Wall Street Journal, The Associated Press, The Washington Post and the Columbia Daily Tribune. Here he writes for the New Yorker.

Sam McNeil, 2014 Cronkite winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Associated Press bureau in Cairo. After that he was hired by AP as a video journalist for its Middle East Extra initiative in Amman, Jordan. Here is more information on his documentary, A Siege of Salt of Sand, about desertication and climate change in Tunisia.

Meng Meng, 2014 Schweisberg winner, is a reporter/researcher in the Reuters bureau in Beijing. She had a summer internship with Bloomberg News in New York. She has wrked for Reuters since 2015.

Anna Nicolaou, 2014 S&P winner, who had an OPC Foundation fellowship the Reuters bureau in Brussels, is now with the Financial Times in New York.

Alison Sargent, 2014 Flora Lewis winner, had a summer internship with the Opinion page in the Paris bureau of the New York Times.

Shira Telushkin, 2014 Bienstock winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with GlobalPost and will contribute to its religion coverage. She is a student at Harvard Divinity School.

Frederick Bernas, 2013 Cronkite winner, is still in South American freelancing. He did an OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Buenos Aires. Here is a recent story he did while in Bolivia for Monicle 24 Radio. Here is his first clip for AP. Here is a report he did on a gravity-defying dance in Veracruz, Mexico. Here is a photo essay he did during the World Cup. Here is a travel story for the New York Times.

Justine Drennan, 2013 Swinton winner, is now an assistant editor at Stanford Social Innovation Review. She was previously a fellow at Foreign Policy magazine. She's a former Nation intern. She completed her OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Bangkok, following her year as a Princeton-in-Asia fellow at the Phnom Penh Post. Here is her first AP byline. Here and here are AP stories she worked on in Cambodia.

Tom Finn, 2013 Stevenson winner, is now in Dohar as the Qatar correspondent for Reuters. Most recently a reporter for Middle East Eye, Tom covers Qatar's dominant gas sector, tracking its preparations for the 2022 World Cup and looking at Qatar’s stormy relations with its neighbors rooted in Doha’s alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood.  Tom was an OPC Foundation fellow in the Reuters bureau in Cairo and previously worked with the Yemen Times. Here is his first Reuters story then. 

Christopher Harress, 2013 Freedman winner, is a business reporter with the International Business Times

Mateo Hoke, 2013 IF Stone winner, and co-author Cate Malek published Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Ocupation for Voice of Witness Press.

Valerie Hopkins, 2013 Flint winner,is working for the Balkins Investigative Reporting Network. She did her OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Belgrade. Her reporting focuses on the Brussels-mediated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, and EU policy in the region. She also is the managing editor of Prishtina Insight, an online magazine. Hopkins’ freelance work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Politico, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, Mother Jones, Newsweek, and elsewhere. Here is one of her first stories. Here is a story she did for Foreign Policy. She also did a FASPE Fellowship and participted in the Finnish Foreign Correspondents Program.    

Stephen Kalin, 2013 Rowan winner, is with the Reuters bureau in Baghdad covering political and some economic news.  He has also worked for Reuters in the Cairo and Beirut bureaus. Here and here are stories he did while there. An Arabic speaker, he also spent a spring with AP in its Hartford CT bureau.  

Jacob Kushner, 2013 Bienstock winner, had a year-long project published in VICE magazine and another story in National Georgraphic. He was the GroundTruth’s Africa correspondent leading investigative projects in East Africa, based in Nairobi where he was once an OPC Foundation fellow in the AP bureau.  Previously he was in Washington DC for an internship at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Before he left for Africa, his eBook, China's Congo Plan: What the Economic Superpower Sees in the World's Poorest Nation was published.   His reporting, which was supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, explains how China is capitalizing on the Congo’s enormous wealth of buried minerals like copper, whose value is rising on the world market. The multi-media eBook is available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble. Here is a story he did for Foreign Policy in 2017.

Anders Melin,  2013 Reuters winner,was just named executive compensation reporter for Bloomberg News.  He was formerly a senior Editorial Research Coordinator at TheDeal.com. He spent summer of 2013 completing his OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Brussels.  Here, here and here are some of his clips. He was also production assistant intern at CNN.

Patricia Rey Mallén, 2013 Theo Wilson winner, is currently based in Mexico City as an IT and telecommications reporter for Business News America. She was formerly a correspondent for the International Business Times.  Here are some clips from her previous work at IBTimes: a story on China's relationship with Suriname, and a look at Nicaragua's rumored canal. Also, here is also a story on the anniversary of the end of Pinochet ran in Newsweek.

Xiaoqing Pi, 2013 S&P scholar and OPC Foundation intern in the Reuters’ Beijing bureau, joined Bloomberg News as a China economy reporter in December. She also has an internship in the Wall Street Journal's Beijing bureau.

Adriane Quinlan, 2013 Flora Lewis winner, is now a writer for CNN International in Atlanta. She started as a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orelans.

Jad Sleiman,  2013 Schweisberg winner, had an internship with Reuters in the Jerusalem bureau in 2016 and will graduate from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in December. He spent a year as a Germany-based staff reporter for Stars and Stripes, covering Afghanistan and Middle East/Africa. He previously worked for Philadelphia Daily News. He is now a video journalist with Agence France Presse as a video journalist on the MENA desk. He is based in Cyprus.

Marina Villeneuve, 2013 Kuhn winner, is a state government reporter in Maine for The Associated Press.  She is known for using data and public records to hold officials and institutions accountable around the Northeast, most recently for The Record in New Jersey.  Marina had a foreign reporting fellow in Bogota, Colombia, for The Washington Post as well as internships with the Los Angeles Times, Newsday and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting.

Beibei Bao, 2012 Roy Rowan winner, joined Dr. Kai-Fu Lee (former's head of Google China)'s venture capital fund, China's Innovation Works, in San Francisco. She spent her OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Shanghai. Among economic news and other subjects, she covered the Chinese Olympic delegation. She worked with an editor in Australia and wrote some longer profiles, including breaking an age-faking scandal of a female boxer. Here is a website listing her Reuters bylines  http://angelabaobeibeiclips.tumblr.com/ She graduated from Columbia SIPA and J-School.

Lauren E. Bohn
spent her 2012 H.L. Stevenson Internship in the AP bureau in Jerusalem after completing her Fulbright year in Cairo. She is co-editing a blog entitled Foreign Policy Interrupted. She is now Instanbul. Her highly regarded blog was mentioned here in the Washington Post. Here is her website entitled Foreign Policy Interrupted. Here is an Op Ed piece she did for the New York Times. She is now the GroundTruth Middle East correspondent focusing on women and minorities after the Arab Spring. Bohn’s full-time position is based in Istanbul.

Eva Dou, University of Missouri, 2012 S&P Award for Economic & Business Reporting, is a reporter for the Wall Street Journal in its Beijing bureau.

Jia Feng, 2012 Theo Wilson Scholarship winner, is now a communication officer in the International Monetary Fund’s communication department.  At the Fund, her writes on economic issues, with a focus on Asia, Middle East and the Fund’s policy.  Jia had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuter’s Beijing Bureau.

Catherine Ryan Gregory, 2012  Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship winner, gave birth to Edith Mae Ryan-Gregoryon July 9, 2013. Congrats!

James Jeffrey, 2012 David R. Schweisberg Scholarship, is returning to Ethiopia, a country that has fascinated him since his first visit there in 2000, when he spent six months teaching English to a group of friendly monks in Addis Ababa. He wrote his graduate dissertation about Ethiopian coffee at the University of Texas.  James intends to report on business and entrepreneurship primarily and is looking for freelance gigs.

Sophia Jones, 2012 Reuters Scholarship winner, has joined the Fuller Project for International Reporting as a senior editor and journalist reporting from Istanbul and surrounds. She has spent the last three years as a Middle East correspondent for the Huffington Post.  The Fuller Project is a global team of journalists, photographers and filmmakers and researchers, dedicated to in-depth and independent reporting, with an emphasis on the traditionally overlooked and underrepresented role of women in media. Their articles regularly appear in The New York Times, Foreign Affairs, CNN, TIME, VICE, ELLE, Newsweek, The Guardian and other publications. In 2012, she had a successful internship in the Reuters bureau in Ramallah. Here is her recent work for The Atlantic and Daily Beast.

Elisa Mala spent her 2012 Flora Lewis Internship in the AP bureau in Bangkok. See her bylined work here. Also, Here is her essay that appeared in the New York Times Magazine Lives column.

Nizar Manek, 2012 winner of the Harper’s Magazine Scholarship in memory of I.F. Stone, received a citation for the Morton Frank Award for Best magazine international business news reporting in print or online at the OPC Awards in 2016. An independent reporter and writer, he has contributed to the Financial Times, Barron’s, and Africa Confidential, amongst others. Here is an article from February 2014. A Columbia J-School and London School of Economics graduate, he also received a Robert E. Bedingfield Scholarship from the New York Financial Writers’ Association. In 2016, he received a citation for the Morton Frank Award for Best magazine international business news reporting in print or online at the OPC Awards in 2016.

Lauren Rosenfeld, 2012 Walter & Betsy Cronkite Scholarship winner, was nominated for two News and Documentary Emmy Awards for her work as producer on "Forgotten Youth: Inside America's Prisons," for Al Jazerra America. The Faultlines film, which takes a look at what young inmates face when they're placed in adult prisons including allegations of physical and sexual abuse, has already received a bronze medal in the investigative report category at the New York Film Festival.  Another documentary, Captive Radio, that she wrote about in her winning application, was shown at film festivals around the world. She also worked at the Investigative Reporting Program on Rape in the Fields/Violación de un sueño, a documentary co-production that aired on FRONTLINE and Univision.

Max Seddon, who won the Swinton award in 2012, is now the Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times.  Max won an OPC Foundation fellowship in the AP bureau in Moscow and continued with them as a stringer before taking a job as a foreign affairs reporter with BuzzFeed. Here is an online version of his winning essay. Here is a piece he did for AP in Moscow.

Georgia Wells, winner of the 2012 Emanuel R. Freedman Scholarship, is now covering technology for the Wall Street Journal in San Francisco.  Georgia started with the WSJ digital hub in New York City that produced wsj.com.Before that, she was an intern on the FX Trader team where she covered emerging markets.

Rachel Will spent the summer at Reuters bureau in Kuala Lumpur for the 2012 Jerry Flint Internship for International Business Reporting. After that, she has fellowship with Princeton in Asia to write for the Phnom Penh Post in Cambodia for one year.Here is an article she wrote for World Policy that was based in part on her winning essay. She is now freelancing in Jakarta. Here is a story she did for the New York Times.

Lauren Zumbach, the 2012 Alexander Kendrick Internship winner, is a local reporter covering Orland Park and Homer Glen for the Chicago Media Group. She graduated from Princeton having spent the previous summer as an OPC Foundation intern in the Mumbai bureau of Forbes Asia. Lauren was the first OPC Foundation intern with Forbes.

Natalie Bailey, the first Jerry Flint winner in 2011, is doing communications strategy and advocacy for the HIV/AIDS section of UNICEF. After graduation, she returned to Bangkok where she worked in the IRIN bureau. She later covered humanitarian issues in Southeast Asia for IRIN as well as reviewing luxury hotels and spas for Forbes Travel Guide in Hong Kong and Macau.

Alexander Besant, 2011 winner of the Alexander Kendrick, is now the Daily News Editor at LinkedIn on their editorial team in New York.  Most recently he was covering the post-election protests in New York for Reuters.  Alexander had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the AP bureau in Cairo. Here is a sample of the work he had done in Greece. He began work in July 2014 as a curator Facebook's mobile application Paper. Besant, a contributor to the OPC’s Global Parachute, has also written for GlobalPost, The Associated Press, Hearst Newspapers and The Globe and Mail.

Megan Camm, 2011 Emanuel R. Freedman Scholarship winner, is now an Associate Specialist Information Management at The Global Fund. She spent time writing and reporting in Africa. Here's an article she did for World Policy Journal on conflict in the Congo and a related sidebar. She was alsonowassociate consultant in Mumbai, India, at Vera Solutions,  a social enterprise aimed at improving the monitoring-and-evaluation systems of organizations working in health, education, development, and human rights.

Kim Chakanetsa, 2011 Stan Swinton winner, is a Producer/Presenter for BBC World Service radio in London. She previously had an OPC Foundation felowship in the AP bureau in Johannesburg. While there, she filed numerous stories that varied from a piece on a three year old who was badly burnt during a freak barbeque accident and had to receive cloned skin to a piece on a police 'death-squad'.  As well as filng print stories, she also produced pieces for APTV and spent time with the photo department. Before that, she worked on the international desk as the Margaret Moth Fellow at CNN.

Jialu Chen, 2011 Reuters Scholarship winner and OPC Foundation intern, is currently an analyst at Learn Capital and Associate at Asset Management Ventures in San Francisco. She previously was with Mother Jones in San Francisco. She spent her Foundation internship at the Reuters burea in Taipei, after her internship with the Boston Globe. Here is her first story for The Globe.

Carol Kuruvilla, 2011 Rowan winner, spent a month the summer of 2012 in Copenhagen on a Humanity in Action fellowship.The journalism program focused on such minority issues as asylum rights and immigration, among others. She is now an Associate Editor of HuffPost Religion. Prior to joining The Huffington Post, Carol was a reporter at the New York Daily News covering a range of topics and where she started the religion beat.

Diksha Madhok, 2011 Theo Wilson winner, is now India Editor at Quartz covering gender, popular culture and business. Before coming to Quartz, Diksha worked at Reuters in New Delhi. She also has an interest in startups and has worked with Startup Village, a Kerala-based nonprofit that promotes entrepreneurship in India. In 2016, she was named a runner-up in the Outstanding Business Story category in the annual awards presented by the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA). 

Ajay Makan, 2011 S&P winner, after an internship with The Economist in London, was first a reporter in the New York bureau of the Financial Times and is now the Oil and Gas correspondent in London.

Laura Rena Murray, 2011 Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship, is headed to the West Coast where she will continue her photography and freelance investigative reporting. But first she won a Fellowship at Auschwitz for the study of Professional Ethics. Here is the article she wrote about it. Here is a story that she wrote for the New York Times, which was named a finalist in the student division of the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards.

Mark Oltmanns, 2011 Flora Lewis winner, spent a summer as an OPC Foundation intern in the AP bureau in Bangkok. Here is a video piece he did that aired on NewsHour about Case 002 of the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. Here is a piece he did for GlobalPost on Thailand's elite bomb squad. Here is a piece he did on Afghan-Americans participating in military exercises with Marines at Camp Pendleton that aired on the PSB Newshour in February 2012.

Alex Pena, the first Walter & Betsy Cronkite winner in 2011,is now with CBS News.  He’s based in New York City as a digital journalist.  He also won a Roy W. Howard National Reporting Competition via the Scripps Foundation and was one of nine student journalists participating in a study tour of Japan following in the footsteps of legendary Asia correspondent Roy W. Howard.  Here is a story he did for ABC News in Juarez, Mexico. Read of his plans to travel to East Africa to launch his career. Alex is freelanced for VICE, among others, and spent a year with Stars & Stripes.
 
Hannah Rappleye, 2011 Harper’s Magazine Scholarship winner, started as a street reporter for the New York Post. Here is what her winning essay was about. A piece she did with fellow CUNY students was named a finalist in the student division of the 2012 Investigative Reporters and Editors Awards. She also worked as a reporter for the investigative unit at NBC.  Her focus is on criminal justice, immigration, and human rights-related stories. She will continue her freelance work in her new location, New Orleans. She is spending the year investigating the legacy of 40 years of mass incarcertion. Her work can be found at Beacon.

Colleen Stewart, 2011 H.L. Stevenson Scholarship, interned at the Portland Press Herald in Maine. Here is a peice she did for them. Here is a multimedia piece she did on women in agriculture, her favorite topic. She now works at Hariyo Chowk and Sattya Media Arts Collective in  in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Sisi Tang is the 2011 Schweisberg winner, is now a writer for Netflix. Previously, she was based in Turkey, working most of the time for Stratfor as their Istanbul correspondent. After her OPC Foundation fellowship in a Reuters in Hong Kong ended, she stayed on as a reporter.

Jennifer Brookland, 2010 Alexander Kendrick winner, graduated from the Fletcher School of Diplomacy at Tufts University. She is now a global development reporter at Devex in Washington DC..

Leah Finnegan, 2010 Stan Swinton winner, is now a senior editor at Gawker. She was previously a staff editor at the mobile Opinion team at the New York Times. Leah is a 2009 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, where she was the editor of The Daily Texan. From there she went to the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and next to an editor position at the Huffington Post. On hiatus from HuffPo in the spring of 2011, she went to Cairo on a OPC Foundation fellowship to cover the Arab Spring for the AP. Here she writes about her that experience for the Huffington Post. She joined the Times in December 2011 as a news assistant in Op-Ed.

Francesca Freeman, 2010 Theo Wilson winner, now works at Google. She was previoulsy a metals beat reporter in the London bureau of Dow Jones Newswires. The beat deals with the whole of the EMEA region, including Ghana, the subject of her winning essay. An expanded version of that essay covering Ghana's sanitation crisis appeared in World Policy Journal.

Jenny Gross, 2010 Schweisberg winner, is now working at Dow Jones in London, a few desks away from Frankie. She also had an internship with the Associated Press in Johannesburg.  Here's a documentary she recently completed on gang violence in South Africa.

Artis Henderson, 2010 Irene Corbally Kuhn winner, had an OPC Foundation internship in the Associated Press bureau in Dakar.  She will continue to represent AP during her year-long stay in Senegal on an International Rotary fellowship. Read her story that appeared in the New York Times. Here is her first story for the AP. She is the author of Unremarried Widow: A Memoir which was published in January 2014. She now lives in New York and works at Simon & Schuster. Here is the review that appeared in the NYT Sunday Review of Books.

Karina Ioffee, 2010 HL Stevenson winner, is a reporter in San Francisco for the Bay Area News Group.

Owen Kibenge, 2010 I.F. Stone winner, had a Reuters internship in New York. He's freelancing in Washington DC.

Denise Law, 2010 S&P winner, runs the social media team for The Economist in London. She previously spent five years at the Financial Times working as a digital journalist in London and Hong Kong.

James Matthews, 2010 Emanuel R. Freedman Scholarship winner. Oxford University Press just published his book on the Spanish Civil War, entitled:  Reluctant Warriors: Republican Popular Army and Nationalist Army Conscripts in the Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939. James tells us the book challenges traditional political interpretations of the Spanish Civil War and sets it in a new and immediately human light.   The book is a comparative study of Nationalist Army and Republican Popular Army conscripts and analyses the conflict from the perspective of those who were involved against their will. While militants on both sides joined the conflict voluntarily, millions of Spanish men coped with the military uprising as an unwanted intrusion into their lives.  James, who also won an OPC internship in the Sao Paulo Reuters bureau, spent last year at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ and next year  will be a Marie Curie Intra-European Fellow at University College, Dublin, working on post-First World War social conflict in Spain. 

Jeff Roberts, 2010 Reuters Scholarship winner, is now covering legal issues and emerging tech in the US and Europe for Fortune magazine.  He was most recently was a reporter for GigaOm which closed in March 2015.  Jeff had an OPC Foundation fellowship in Paris. He has also worked at paidContentcom. covering patents, copyright and other legal issues affecting the development of online media. He previously covered law for Reuters. Jeff was an OPC Foundation internship in Paris. 

Caroline Stauffer, 2010 Flora Lewis winner, has an OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Mexico City. Here is a story she did in September. She is a reporter for Reuters in Lima, Peru.

Chris Stein, 2010 Roy Rowan winner, is living in Accra, Ghana, where he’s a stringer for Agence France Presse and has written for the Christian Science Monitor. He moved there to cover the presidential elections and hopes to stay for quite a while afterwards. Before that, he worked at an alt-weekly called the Pacific Northwest Inlander in Spokane. After graduation, he went to Johannesburg for an internship in the Africa bureau of the Inter Press Service. Here's are links to stories he wrote on African entrepeneurs and a nurses' strike. He also worked in Alaska as the legislative correspondent for the AP in Juneau.

Simon Akam, a British Fulbright Scholar at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, was the Freedman winner in 2009. He is now a reporter for Newsweek. He had been a Reuters correspondent in Sierra Leone. He was the recipient of an OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Istanbul. His stories have appeared in The Guardian, The Independent, and The New Republic, among others. Read his August 21, 2009, front page story in the New York Times. Check out his website. Some of his stories for Reuters concerned the "new" Islamic curiculum and Turkey coming to terms with its past. He also worked in Berlin for the German newspaper Die Welt.

Haley Sweetland Edwards
, 2009 winner of the Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship, is now a correspondent for TIME. Here is a recent story. Previously, she was an editor at the Washington Monthly, where she wrote about policy and regulation. Before that, she was a freelance reporter in the Middle East and the Caucasus, writing mostly for the Los Angeles Times, and also for The Atlantic, The New Republic, Foreign Policy online, New York Times’ Latitude Blog, and other publications. She lived in Yemen and reported from a half-dozen countries in the Middle East on and off from 2009 to 2012. Check out her reporting for Foreign Policy. Here's a story in The Atlantic.

Jeff Horwitz, 2009 Fred Wiegold winner, is a financial and enterprise reporter for the Associated Press in Washington, DC. Here is his website. He was previously a staff writer at the American Banker. From 2013-2014, he was enrolled in the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship Program at Columbia University. He has won five SABEW awards at American Banker for investigative and enterprise reporting, and was a finalist for a 2012 Loeb award. He previously worked for the Washington City Paper, the San Bernardino Sun, and Legal Times, and freelanced in East Africa. He has also written stories for Slate, the Washington Post, Portfolio, the Atlantic, The Dallas Morning News and the Sacramento Bee.

Jonathan Jones, the 2009 IF Stone winner, won two Emmys with T. Christian Miller and Marcela Gaviria for their multiplatform investigation called Firestone and the Warlord about the secret relationship between the American tire company Firestone and the infamous Liberian warlord Charles Taylor. Besides a 90-minute documentary that aired on FRONTLINE, the project also includes a 20,000 word story on ProPublica, now an e-book. Watch them describe the process at an OPC event. He and his partner A.C. Thompson from ProPublica also won the Digital Feature division in SABEW’s 2013 Best in Business Awards for their report on assisted-living facilities and how money erodes medical care.

Michael Miller, the 2009 Stan Swinton winner, has taken a position on the Morning Mix team at the Washington Post. He previously spent five years at the Miami New Times. In 2013, he won a 2012 Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism from the Society of Professional Journalists.  Michael won in the category of Deadline Reporting (Non-Daily Publication) for his work “Death Trap” which told the story of four robbers gunned down by Miami-Dade police during a 2011 controversial sting operation. Here is the winning entry. After graduating from the joint master's degree program in journalism and Latin American studies at NYU, he returned to Mexico City where he had worked as an OPC Foundation intern in the Mexico City bureau of the Associated Press.

Stephen Nessen, the 2009 Roy Rowan winner, is now Digital Producer/ Reporter at WNYC Radio, New York Public Radio. Here's a story he produced int he summer of 2009 when he was an assistant producer.

Priti Patnaik, 2009 winners of the S&P Award, is a  financial journalist who also works in international development. She has worked as a journalist for more than a decade in New Delhi, New York and Geneva. Outside of journalism, she had stints at a trade law firm specializing in WTO disputes and at a UN public health organization in Geneva. She reports on public finances, India’s monetary policy and the financial sector, for major financial newspapers in Delhi.

Maria Repnikova, a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and the 2009 Kendrick winner, interned in the Reuters bureau in Beijing. The following are links to her favorite stories: http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=112008http://www.reuters.com/news/video?videoId=112210
She is now back at Oxford pursuing a PhD in media politics in China and Russia and freelancing on Russian and Chinese stories.

Michelle Theriault Boot, the 2009 Theo Wilson winner who graduated with a master's degree in the journalism program at the University of Oregon, was an OPC Foundation intern in the Associated Press bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is now living in Anchorage, freelancing at AP and teaching journalism at the University of Alaska as well as some mag and radio work. She’s also on the board of the Alaska Press Club and say there are opportunities there that don’t exist in the Lower 48.

Jessica Wanke Deahl, the 2009 H.L. Stevenson winner, is now with All Things Considered at National Public Radio. Here's an article she wrote for the American Journalism Review on an Afghan entrepreneur who opened a business in Kabul catering to journalists: http://www.ajr.org/Article.asp?id=4707

Emily Witt, 2009 Flora Lewis winner, was the Wall Street reporter for the New York Observer. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Nation, Men’s Journal and a variety of other places. Here's an article she did for ProPublica. Her 2016 book, Future Sex, explores the online and offline sexual subcultures. “Witt is as thoughtful as she is audacious” writes Vogue’s Julia Felsenthal, “and Future Sex is ultimately a carefully crafted literary and intellectual endeavor.”

Mayank Bubna, 2008 H.L. Stevenson winner, is a PhD canddiate at the Graduate Institute Geneva. As freelance journalist, he focused on defense and security issues. Here is a documentary he did entitled Wayaahu Cusuub about a Somali music band living in Kenya that's been making waves in East Africa. He nowworks for the Joint Operations Center in the UN Mission in South Sudan, a small team that plans military and humanitarian ops across the country, and is the information hub for the mission.  Mayank has also worked for defense think tanks in New Delhi, the advocacy group Enough Project on his first trip to South Sudan, an academic appointment in Switzerland and Small Arms Survey among others in Afghanistan.  He continues to freelance.

Mariano Castillo, IF Stone winner in 2008, is the 2017 recipient of the Latin American Studies Association Media Award, which recognizes long-term journalistic contributions to analysis and public debate about Latin America in the United States and in Latin America, as well as breakthrough journalism. Now freelancing, he was previously a newsdeck editor for CNN in Atlanta. He graduated with a Master's degree in international affairs from Columbia University. Mariano won an OPC Foundation fellowship in Mexico City where he worked in the Reuters bureau.

Jerry Guo, Reuters 2008 awardee, wrote an article for the Washington Post entitled "My Excellent North Korean Adventure" and was profiled by NPR. He also interned for the Wall Street Journal during the summer of 2008. Jerry also won first place in the Atlantic writing contest for nonfiction. That piece ran in the New York Times' Sunday Styles section.  He traveled to Nepal on a Yale grant to profile the king, who is about to be dethroned. He was went to Zimbabwe in January 2009. Articles on the African trip appeared in Newsweek.com and the Christian Science Monitor. He graduated from Yale in 2009.

Devon Haynie, the 2008 Flora Lewis awardee, spent several months reporting for the AP in Johannesburg, South Africa, on an OPC Foundation internship. She is now an education reporter at US News & World Report. She was foremrly a reporter at the Journal Gazette in Fort Wayne, IN. In 2010, she won the “Best Magazine Article of the Year” award from the Indiana Society of Professional Journalists for an article she wrote about a veteran who robbed her parents in 1993. 

Sheila B. Lalwani, 2008 Irene Corbally Kuhn winner, was a Fulbright fellow and journalist in Berlin. She is working on journalism projects relating to immigration and policy.  Previously she had attendedthe Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. Previously, she completed two internships in New Delhi, one with the Human Rights Law Network and one with the US Department of State. She was awarded a Nancy Klavans Fellowship from Harvard University's Women & Public Policy Program to research media and human rights in India.

Sarah Mishkin, Freedman winner in 2008, is a reporter for the Financial Times based in San Francisco. She was formerly based in Taipei, Dubai and Hong Kong. After graduating from Yale in December 2008, she reported for Business Today Egypt and later interned at NPR in Hartford.

Paul Sonne, the 2008 Stan Swinton winner, is now the Wall Street Journal’s National Security Correspondent in Washington DC. having returned to the U.S. aftre three years in the Moscow bureau covering Russian politics, business and society,  Paul began his career with the Journal in the London bureau where he covered technology, media and consumer industries. He received a master's in philosophy in Russian history as a Marshall scholar at the University of Oxford, and worked as an OPC Foundation intern in the Associated Press bureau in Moscow. Read his front page story in the Wall Street Journal on June 24, 2009. In 2011, he and his colleagues in the WSJ London bureau won the Malcolm Forbes Award fro the Overseas Press Club for best international business reporting in newspapers. The winning series of articles, “Censorship, Inc,” described how Iran, Egypt, Libya and Syria used technology from Western and Chinese companies to spy on dissidents, conduct surveillance, and track mobile phone use.

Max Strasser, 2008 Kendrick winner, has been named an editor of the op-ed section of the New York Times.  Until recently an  associate editor for Foreign Policy, Max spent several years in the Middle East, mostly in Cairo where he was the former news editor at Egypt Independent, the English-language sister paper of Al-Masry Al-Youm, Egypt's leading newspaper. His writing has appeared online or in print in The Nation, The New Statesman, The London Review of Books, Foreign Affairs, The Atlantic, Newsweek, and elsewhere. 

Alexandra Suich, 2008 Theo Wilson winner, is now The Economist’s US Technology Editor based in San Francisco. Previously she served as Media Editor, based in London and New York, where she wrote about the television, film, newspaper, music and marketing businesses worldwide. She has also served as The Economist’s Finance Correspondent and wrote about hedge funds, private equity and insurance. She started writing for The Economist in 2008, and has also published articles with Newsweek International, Slate, the Chronicle of Higher Education and the Nation. Alexandra was named Britain’s Young Financial Journalist of the Year 2012 by the Wincott Foundation. Here is a story she wrote in 2013.

Yu Sun, the first S&P winner in 2008, is with FT Confidential, a Financial Times publication. He works in the New York office.

Rollo Romig, 2008 Roy Rowan winner, after graduating from the master's program at New York University, went to Phnom Penh in the fall of 2008 as an OPC Foundation intern at the Cambodia Daily. He was the assistant director of the NYU Journalism in Ghana program in 2007. He spent several years as the online editor at The New Yorker. Here's an article he did in 2013 for the New York Times Magazine and another in 2014. He is currently a freelance writer in Turkey.

Ben Weller, 2008 Schweisberg winner, is back in South Korea teaching writing at Silla University. He continue to freelance and is now represented by Wonderful Machine (www.wonderfulmachine.com). Ben also won an OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Seoul, South Korea. When that ended, he stayed on in Korea and taught English at Gyeongsang National University. He also did some freelance photo work, including covering Singapore's foreign minister's trip to Seoul  for the Straits Times. A Duke graduate, Ben graduated from Indiana University with a master's degree in journalism in 2008. He also taught photography at Manchester College. Click here to see his portfolio. he continues to freelance for Reuters and others.

The 2007 Kendrick winner, Antonio Castaneda, has worked as a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press, written speeches for the highest levels of the U.S. government, and produced broadcasts for the Charlie Rose television broadcast.

Aaron Clark, the 2007 Roy Rowan winner, is on the Bloomberg tech team based in Japan.

Sareena Dalla, 2007 Theo Wilson winner, is now vice president, digital, for BlackRock. Click here to learn of her experiences.

Elizabeth Dickinson, the 2007 IF Stone winner, has joined World Affairs Journal as a blogger and contributing editor. She lives in Abu Dhabi, having previously worked as assistant managing editor at Foreign Policy magazine and Nigeria correspondent for The Economist. She has held previous internships with the Wall Street Journal Europe in Brussels and the New York Times' West African bureau in Dakar. In 2013, she published an eBook entitled Who Shot Ahmed? A Mystery Unravels in Bahrain's Botched Arab Spring available on Amazon and Smashwords. In 2015, she published the Kindle Single, Godfathers and Thieves: How Syria's Diaspora Crowd-Sourced a Revolution.  She also was awarded a grant of $6,000 from the International Women’s Media Foundation for an in-depth writing project that challenges traditional narratives on women’s rights in the Gulf. Elizabeth is a Deca journalist based in the Arabian Peninsula. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, Foreign Policy, The Economist, Politico Magazine, the Christian Science Monitor, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and The Financial Times. She was the first Western journalist to chronicle the private Kuwaiti donor network funding Syria’s opposition and has written extensively about Gulf financing to the conflict. Here is a piece she wrote for Foreign Policy in 2015.

Jeremy Gantz, 2007 H.L. Stevenson, is now a media relations officer for the City Coleges of Chicago but he continues to freelance. Most recently, he was the full-time Web editor of In These Times, a magazine published in Chicago that reports on workers’ rights and labor issues, both domestic and international. He graduated from the master's program at Northwestern after a two-month OPC Foundation internship at the Cambodia Daily in Phnom Penh.  Among the highlights of that experience were traveling across the Tonle Sap lake to interview snake hunters in a remote floating village and interviewing Sam Rainsy in the National Assembly. Here is an article he wrote about the state of freelancing in 2013.

Ben Hubbard, 2007 Stan Swinton, is now a Cairo-based reporter for The New York Times. He went to the Times after several years as a Mideast reporter for the Associated Press, the same organization where he served as an intern in the OPC Foundation internship program. As an intern, the Arabic speaker was able to travel quite a bit and filed stories from Nazareth, Bar Sheva, Ramallah and Nablus, among others. Ben graduated from the master's program at Berkeley in 2008. Here is a front page story for The Times.

Andy Greenberg, 2007 Reuters winner, is now a senior writer at WIRED. Before that, he spent seven years at Forbes media.

Ed Ou, the 2007 Dan Eldon winner, is with Getty Images. He has covered numerous stories in the Middle East, Central Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Americas. He represented the New York Times in Cairo during the revolt. He worked for Reuters and AP. He also did a documentary about nuclear radiation victims in Kazakhstan. See his work on his Website. Here is an article he wrote for the Times on an HIV clinic in his native Vancouver.

Katie Paul, 2007 Kuhn winner, is a Reuters correspondent on the business beat covering Saudi Arabian company news in the Riyadh bureau.  She recently receied a MA from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service. Before that she was in Syria on a  year-long Fulbright fellowship to study the impact of web connectivity among young people. She stayed in the area, first in Beirut and later Jordan, watching that hypothesis unfold.  She has  done work for Human Rights Watch, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, the Los Angeles Times, and Newsweek/The Daily Beast, among others. Katie began her career as an OPC Foundation intern in the Reuters bureau in Buenos Aires. When that ended, she stayed on as a stringer and contributed to the bureau’s national election coverage. Here is her website.

Emily Rotberg Cronin, who won the Freedman scholarship in 2007, returned to New York after years of working in London. She is now a Contributing Editor to ELLE UK and freelances for other publications, including the Telegraph Magazine and Style.com. See her website for more info.

Erica Schlaikjer, 2007 Schweisberg winner, is the community manager at Huge and founder of Benevolent Media. She is also the creative Strategist of Media Rise Festival in Washington DC.  Formerly, she worked  as the Media Relations and Online Engagement Coordinator for EMBARQ, the sustainable transport program of the World Resources Institute, an environmental think tank. She was also Managing Editor of EMBARQ’s blog, TheCityFix.com. She previously interned at Crain's Chicago Business. She returned from Taipei, where she wrote articles for the Taiwan Business TOPICS magazine, published by the American Chamber of Commerce.  Her blog: www.ResponsibleChina.com, was about environmental sustainability

Ayesha Nasir, formerly Ayesha Akran, the 2006 Stan Swinton winner, spent 30 days in September and October in the Associated Press bureau in Bangkok, serving as the first OPC Foundation Fellowship winner. She was on the ground when the coup occurred. She is now a filmmaker. See a film she did on Pakistani prostitutes in 2010.

Elizabeth Barchas Prelogar , who won the Flora Lewis Scholarship in 2006, is now an attorney in Washington DC. She wrote an article in the February 2007 Harvard Law Review on international journalism and the threat journalists face when they report on international events and are then called into foreign courts because their stories were available on the internet. She clerked for Supreme Count Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Galima Bukharbaeva, the 2006 If Stone winner and Uzbek exile, is an Uzbek journalist known for her reporting on state authoritarianism and her eyewitness account of the 2005 Andijan massacre. She also worked in Germany as editor-in-chief of the online informational service on Uzbekistan, www.uznews.net. She is also chairwoman of the Real Unity of Journalists of Uzbekistan. In 2011, Newsweek recognized her as "one of ten female journalists that risked their lives" in pursuit of a story, stating that "her reporting on Uzbekistan's authoritarianism led to her being denounced as a traitor"

Harriet Clark Steiman, 2006 Kendrick winner, a former associate editor at Inc. magazine and formely communications manager at the Clinton Global Initiative, is now pursuing her MBA at MIT.

Anupreeta Das, the 2006 Reuters winner, is part of a new financial enterprise reporting team at The Wall Street Journal, where she'll be writing about the U.S. presidential election with a focus on Wall Street, and more broadly, money and politics. She’ll also continue to cover Buffett.  Preeta is on the board of the OPC.

Cory Eldridge, the 2006 H.L. Stevenson winner, is now a communications specialist in Oregon. He worked in Jordan as the features editor at  JO magazine, an English language monthly magazine that he interned for when he studied in Jordan during college. Here's an article he wrote in 2009 about his internship with the Reuters' Dubai bureau. He later wrote, “I used my OPC Foundation scholarship to pay for the trip. Because of the scholarship, I met the Reuters editors who offered me the opportunity. Thank you so much. I still don't believe I won the award, as a West Coast, state-school undergrad, and I still feel honored knowing that such a stellar organization included me in a group of brilliant, young journalists.” Check out his blog and website.

Gregory D. Johnsen, the 2006 Schweisberg scholarship winner, was selected by BuzzFeed as the inaugural 2013-2014 Michael Hastings National Security Reporting Fellow. The Fellowship is a yearlong position focused on national security and challenging institutions of power, the cornerstone of Michael’s work.  Greg is the author of The Last Refuge: Yemen, al-Qaeda, and America’s War in Arabia, a critically acclaimed book on Yemen and al-Qaeda.  He will focus on US national security and its impact both domestically and around the world. He is also the recipient of a Fulbright-Hays Fellowships for doctural students abroad. He is a PhD candidate in Near Eastern Studies at Princeton. A former Fulbright fellow in Yemen and an Arabic speaker, Johnsen wrote his winning essay on presidential politics in Yemen's fledging democracy. Click here for a 2010 update and his current views on Yemen. An article on Yemen appeared on the op-ed page in the New York Times on November 20, 2010.

The 2006 Theo Wilson winner Rachel Jones, formerly with The Associated Press in Caracas, Venezuela, is now freelancing there.

Zvika Krieger, who won the Freedman award in 2006, is is a correspondent for The Atlantic, as well as senior vice president of the S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace. He is a former editor at The New Republic and a formerNewsweek Middle East correspondent. Here is a piece in did for The Atlantic in 2011.

Ted Latiak, Rowan winner in 2006, is a freelance producer for HDNews.

Michelle Dammon Loyalka, Kuhn winner in 2006, has finished her book, Eating Bitterness: Stories from the Frontlines of China's Great Urban Migration.She moved to China in 2006 after graduating from Missouri and winning the J-school's McIntyre Fellowship, which funds one graduating student each year to work on a book-length project. The winning idea was essentially just a longer version of her OPC essay. The book is a collection of profiles of people who've moved from the countryside into the city in hopes of snatching up their portion of the newly-imported American Dream, and a look at all the difficulties they face and the varied directions this journey takes them. She and her husband live in China with their two children.

Rawya Rageh, the 2006 Dan Eldon winner, is a Senior Crisis Adviser for Amnesty International. She was previously a broadcast journalist known for her in-depth coverage of notable stories across the Middle East and Africa. Previously she was based in Cairo where she designed and oversaw coverage of all Egypt's news for Al Jazeera English. She was in the center of AJE's coverage of the Egyptian uprising in 2011. Her reporting was named one of the top 50 stories produced by graduates of Columbia Journalism School during its first 100 years of operation. Rawya's comments at the scholarship luncheon were memorable for her plea that "Africa matters." She also covered the Saddam Hussein trial for AP in Baghdad.  In a September 14, 2006, article on the web, she described locking eyes with him. On a television assignment in the Sudan,where she traveled to the South, to the border with Chad and to Darfur, she had a half hour exclusive interview with the president.

Jacob Adelman, 2005 HL Stevenson winner, is now the Philadelphia Inquirer's commercial real estate reporter. Before joining the Inquirer (his home town paper), he was as an energy reporter at Bloomberg News's Tokyo bureau. Prior to that, he covered real estate and urban planning -- with a sideline in agriculture -- for the Associated Press in Los Angeles.

Maria Ahmed, 2005 Stan Swinton winner, is an award-winning freelance journalist with more than a decade of news and features experience in web and print. She started as a news reporter on The Big Issue and The Times in the UK before becoming deputy news editor for www.communitycare.co.uk, where she won the Howard League for Penal Reform Media award and was shortlisted for the Press Gazette Exclusive of the year.

A story by Kristen Gillespie, the 2005 Irene Corbally Kuhn scholarship winner, used the rest of the scholarship to go to Turkmenistan and filed this report for NPR. She is now based in Amman, Jordan.

Marina Walker Guevara, the 2005 Emanuel Freedman winner, is ICIJ’s deputy director. She co-managed the Panama Paper investigation for ICIJ. She received a special citation from Columbia University’s Maria Moors Cabot Prize for the project, which the prize committee said “prompted a much needed debate about transparency and accountability in the region and around the world.” She was also honored with the Susan Talalay Award for Outstanding Journalism from the Alfred Friendly Foundation. The Panama Papers consisted of 11.5 million leaked documents from offshore entities, showing where the world’s richest individuals and companies sheltered their wealth. A native of Argentina, she has reported from a half-dozen countries and her investigations have won and shared more than 12 national and international awards. Over a ten-year career, she has written about environmental degradation in Latin America by multinational corporations; shadowy U.S. government HIV/AIDS prevention programs in Africa, and the cigarette mafia in the Tri-Border Area of South America, among other topics. In March 2006 she was awarded the European Commission Lorenzo Natali Prize (Latin America and the Caribbean region) for her reporting about environmental damage caused in Peru by a U.S.-based mining company; that investigation also won her the 2006 Reuters-IUCN Media Award for Excellence in Environmental Reporting. That was also the subject of her essay and she credits the scholarship for giving her the funding to pursue the subject.

Christina Hildreth, the Theo Wilson Scholarship winner in 2005, is now serving in Mumbai, India, with the International Justice Mission, a human rights organization that focuses on securing justice for the poor in 10 countries around the world.  She is the field office's communications coordinator. She writes, designs, and reports on the work the IJM does to save women from sex trafficking. For more information, see www.IJM.org. Click here to read one of her stories.   

Shlomi Simhi, 2005 IF Stone winner, is now editor of Israel's Bar Law Journal. He previously did an internship for the L.A. Times in Israel.  For three months, he covered Tel-Aviv, Gaza and Jerusalem. He writes, “I feel that it's the ultimate fulfillment of the scholarship I was awarded by the OPC Foundation.”

Emily Steele, the Schweisberg winner in 2005, is now a media reporter at the New York Times covering the TV industry. Before that, she was the US Media and Marketing Correspondent at the Financial Times, covering content and distribution companies, digital media innovators, and the wider marketing industry. She joins from The Wall Street Journal, where she most recently served as a Social Media Editor. She joined the WSJ in 2006 and, until January, she reported about the digital media and marketing industries and contributed several stories to the paper’s investigation about online privacy.

Garance Burke, 2004 Freedman winner, has transferred to The Associated Press' San Francisco bureau. She is a member of the AP's investigative team in the West, focusing on high-impact accountability projects with a specialty in data analysis. She was most recently a correspondent in California's San Joaquin Valley.

Joe Hanel, the 2004 HL Stevenson winner, is now a senior communications expert for the Colorado Health Institute, Colorado Health Institute, a health policy think tank, after 19 years in newspapers, the last nine as The Durango Herald’s Denver bureau chief, covering the legislature, federal courts, statewide campaigns and natural resources issues. He reported from national political conventions in New York City; Denver; St. Paul, Minn.; Tampa, Fla.; and Charlotte, N.C. for the Herald. Apart from the political beat, he filed stories from Paradox, Colo., on the uranium industry; and Hangzhou, China, on the supply chain for bicycles.

Krista Mahr, the first Flora Lewis winner in 2004, is at Time magazine in Hong Kong. Before that, she edited two English language magazines in Iceland: the Iceland Review, a cultural quarterly, and Atlantica, the inflight magazine for Icelandair.

Doug Merlino, Kendrick winner in 2004, is the author of The Hustle: One Team and Ten lives in Black and White that has won several awards. He also was editor of the OPC Bulletin and is completing two books.

Tess Taylor, the 2004 IF Stone winner, is pleased to announce is book of poetry, The Forage House, is now available on Amazon.com and Barnesandnoble.com as well as on Red Hen’s website (www.redhen.org). A few reviews have even been written (see them on http://www.tess-taylor.com/). Publisher's Weekly calls the book one of the "year's most exciting poetry titles" and Library Journal calls it " a rare view of our history, deepened with mystery." Tess spent 2010 on a year long poetry fellowship, living at the Amy Clampitt's house in the Berkshires.  Here is an op-ed piece she wrote for the New York Times in 2013. Her second book of poetry, Work and Days, was published in April, 2016. She chairs the poetry committee of the National Book Critics Circle and reviews poetry on-air for NPR’s All Things Considered.

Matt Whitaker, 2004 Stan Swinton winner, is a correspondent in Colorado for Mergermarket writing about energy and mining mergers and acquisitions.

The 2004 Dan Eldon winner Martin Patience is the BBC correspondent in Beijing. He writes in April 2009: "It's a great job, fascinating story, and absolutely beautiful country. I really wouldn't want to be anywhere else."

Nick Zamiskis, who won the Schweisberg scholarship in 2004, graduated from Yale Law School after several years covering China for the Wall Street Journal.

The 2004 Theo Wilson winner, Sarah Garland, traveled to El Salvador where Inter Press Service published her article on gangs, the same subject of her winning essay.

Fariba Nawa, 2004 Kuhn winner, is the author of Opium Nation which details her reporting on her native Afganistan. She also wrote an article on the Afghan women and the drug trade that ran on the cover of the London Sunday Times Magazine. Click here for an update.

Andrew Strickler, 2004 Reuters winner,  is a senior reporter covering the legal industry at Law360. He covers firm strategy, deals and hires, scandals, and all stories related to legal business. He previously served as a National Criminal Justice Reporter for The Daily and as a Crime Reporter at Newsday.

Marton Dunai, who won the Roy Rowan scholarship in 2003, moved to Budapest in September 2008, after six years in California. He's a traveling regional (Balkans, Central Europe) correspondent at the leading Hungarian daily and is working for some American initiatives on the side, as well as Transitions Online in Prague and the Center for Investigative Reporting in Sarajevo. He is also starting his own blog /news site to chronicle his travels in multimedia

Mariam Fam, 2003 Stan Swinton winner, an AP writer based in Cairo, reported for the wire service from Iraq.

Jason McClure, 2003 Freedman winner, is an East Africa-based correspondent for Bloomberg. He and his wife Tessa live in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Previously he covered the Justice Department for Legal Times in Washington D.C. and interned for Newsweek on the foreign desk and in the Boston bureau. He writes, "The OPC scholarship was a key factor in getting the Newsweek internship, as I handed my clips to their chief of correspondents during the OPC tour."

Kristy Siegfried, 2003 Stevenson winner, worked at The Star (in Johannesburg), South Africa’s best-selling daily newspaper.

Wei Gu, 2002 Reuters winner,  is now with The Wall Street Journal Asia’s digital team as Editor of China Wealth and Luxury. In her new role she oversees wealth and luxury coverage for the Chinese language site of WSJ.com as well as WSJ's global platforms. Wei joins from Reuters, where she was China Columnist for Breakingviews. She initiated Chinese commentary for Reuters in 2005 after three years in the U.S., covering tech companies and handling important China-related stories. She is based in Hong Kong. She writes, “As a former Reuters scholarship winner, I owe a great deal to the Overseas Press Club Foundation. Without you, my fulfilling journey at the company would not have been possible.”

Brad Hong, who won the Schewisberg scholarship in 2002, is working as a reporter for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He was part of the P-I's business staff that won the 2006 Best Business Section award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

William Nessen, 2000 Dan Eldon Scholarship winner, is in Cape Town S.A. working on a film.

Carissa S Wyant, 2002 Dan Eldon winner, used her scholarship to further her education, and complete her studies at Yale. A 2002 graduate of Wellesley College with a double-major in Peace and Justice Studies and Comparative Religion, she holds a master's degree in Religious Studies from the Yale University Divinity School. Her dream is still to work as a Middle East correspondent. She writes, “Receiving the OPC Foundation scholarship in 2002 brought me one step closer to that dream by investing in my education, thus equipping me with the historical framework and analytical tools needed to be an effective and responsible journalist.”

Melissa Chan, 2001 Kendrick winner, who spent time with ABC News and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings wrote, “I thank the OPC Foundation for really moving beyond just the scholarship fund; I've had support far above what I ever expected when I won the scholarship.” She joined Al Jazeera English as a producer/reporter in the network’s Beijing bureau.

Damien Cave, the IF Stone winner from 1998, is now the bureau chief of the New York Times’ Australia bureau in Sydney. In his 12 years at the Times, Cave has been based in New York City, Mexico, Miami and Baghdad. For a revealing look at marriage in a war zone, see Damien's story that ran in the Times On January 20, 2008: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/01/20/fashion/20baghdad.html?_r=1&ref=style&oref=slogin
He was among a team of Times reporters who were finalists for the 2008 Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. He also led a smaller group that won the 2008 Overseas Press Club award for best international coverage on the Web. 

Nicholas Confessore, who won the 1998 Harper's Magazine Award, is a political reporter at The New York Times. He is currently covering the 2012 presidential campaign, focusing on the rapidly evolving world of political fundraising and campaign finance.  Previously, he wrote about New York state politics and government for the Metropolitan Desk. He has also worked in the Brooklyn and City Hall bureaus of The Times. Before joining The Times in 2004, He was an editor at The Washington Monthly and a contributor to The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic Monthly, and Rolling Stone, among other publications. He began his career as a staff writer at The American Prospect.  He was part of a team of reporters whose coverage of the downfall of New York governor Eliot Spitzer won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting and the Sigma Delta Chi award for deadline reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Kristina Shevory, the 1998 Reuters winner, is a freelance writer. In 2014  she received an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship and will spend her fellowship year traveling, researching and writing on her topic, “Shadow Wars: The Era of Freelance Soldiers and Special Operations Forces.”  The Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship program for journalists was established in 1965 in memory of Alicia Patterson, who was editor and publisher of Newsday for nearly twenty-three years before her death in 1963.  The fellows are awarded $40,000 for a 12-month grant and $20,000 for a six-month grant.  Their projects are published in the APF Reporter with wide distribution potential. She has been writing about business since 1998 in Russia, Texas and Seattle for the Seattle Times, Dow Jones, BusinessWeek, Investor's Business Daily, New York Post and the New York Times.

Edward Wong, the David Schweisberg winner in 1998, is an Iraq correspondent for The New York Times, a position he has held since November 2003. He began working for The Times in October 1999 and has been a reporter on the Metro, Sports, Business and Foreign desks. Here in a front page on January 20, 2012, he describes having spent a week in northern Myanmar (Burma).

Jose Roberto Alampay, Schweisberg winner in 1996, the Head/Editor-in-Chief of InterAksyon.com, the online news portal of TV5, a television and radio broadcasting network based in Quezon City, Philippines. 

Igor Shnurenko, IF Stone winner in 1996, is a producer for CCTV News in the Leningrad region in Russia.

Chris Reardon, an OPC Foundation winner in 1992, is a  Senior Digital Editor/Writer for the UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Geneva, Switzerland.

Andrew Grene, an OPC Foundation winner in 1992, was working for the United Nations when he died in the Haiti earthquake of 12 January 2010.  “He was a true humanitarian, working for the good of the people of Haiti,” said the Foreign Minister of Ireland Micheál Martin. “Andrew is part of a long and honorable Irish tradition of public service with the United Nations. His family, and indeed Ireland, can be very proud of his work.” The Andrew Grene Foundation (AGF) is a charity dedicated to supporting the people of Haiti through education, loans and building projects.

 

 
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