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.
Levi Bridges, 2016 Swinton winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Moscow bureau of The Associated Press.
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.
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.
Tusha Mittal, 2015 Rowan winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship, working with GroundTruth.
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.
Kyle Walker, 2015 Schweisberg winner, is currently an M.A. Candidate, Journalism and European Studies at New York University.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catherine Ryan Gregory, 2012 Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship winner, gave birth to Edith Mae Ryan-Gregoryon July 9, 2013. Congrats!
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.
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.
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.
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 in Turkey, working most of the time for Stratfor as their Istanbul correspondent. After her OPC Foundation internship 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..
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.
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.
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.
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.
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, won third prize in the 2010 Foreign Press Association scholarship contest. She is now living in Switzerland. She has had a string of internships in New York City at Breaking Views, The American Lawyer, Debtwire and most recently at The Bond Buyer. Patnaik has reported on banking, insurance, politics for the Economic Times and Business Standard in New Delhi. Currently based out of Lausanne, she is open to writing about finance, law and development issues. She is also keen on reporting and assisting on investigative projects in the region. In 2013, she also completed a masters in Development Studies at The Graduate Institute in Geneva.
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
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.
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.
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.
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, is a Program Mission Analyst for the SI Organization. He previously worked as an analyst for the Department of Defense and as a producer for The Charlie Rose Show at PBS.
Aaron Clark, the 2007 Roy Rowan winner, is on the Bloomberg tech team based in Japan.
Sareena Dalla, 2007 Theo Wilson winner, returned to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government after taking the fall 2007 semester off to serve as CNN’s 2008 New Hampshire Campaign Producer leading up to the state’s January 8 primary. 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.
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 based in the Middle East. He represented the New York Times in Cairo during the revolt. He has also 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.
Emily Rotberg Cronin, who won the Freedman scholarship in 2007, has just 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.
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 Internship 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.
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, 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.
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.
Rawya Rageh, the 2006 Dan Eldon winner, now covers the Iraq Parliament for Al Jazeera English. Previously she was based in Cairo where she designed and oversaw coverage of all Egypt's news. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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."
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.”
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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