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

Juan Arredondo, 2020 Harper’s Magazine winner, is a photojournalist freelancing in New York City. Here are photos he took for the New York Times. He was named a Buffett Foundation Visiting Professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University in Phoenix. 

Meg Bernhard, 2020 Flora Lewis winner, is back from Europe and freelancing on the West Coast. A Hazlitt essay she wrote about drowning, a friend’s death, and finding meaning through shared grief was selected to be in the 2021 edition of The Best American Travel Writing. Here is a story she did for the New Yorker in 2021.

Matt DeButts, 2020 Beebe winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with Reuters in Hong Kong.

Kimon de Greef, 2020 Schweisberg winner, had a story in the New York Times on how Covid-19 has upended burial traditions in his native South Africa.

Genevieve Finn, 2020 Richard Pyle winner, graduated from UCLA and is now a staff writer at The Malibu Times.  She’s been covering such stories as Robert De Niro's luxury sushi restaurant Nobu receiving millions of PPP funds and a nineteen-year-old catching a big shark off the pier.  When countries open up again, she intends to do her OPC Foundation fellowship in the Associated Press bureau in Mexico City.

Sandali Handagama, 2020 Flint winner, has an internship at CoinDesk. She’s a reporter for its global macro and policy coverage on blockchain-based digital assets. She has an OPC Foundation fellowship with Reuters in Mumbai.

Jake Kincaid, 2020 Reuters winner, has his first byline as an intern at the Miami Herald this summer. Jake has an OPC Foundation fellowship with Reuters in Mexico City.

Kantaro Komiya, 2020 Swinton winner, has a Dow Jones internship this summer.  Here is his first byline.  He has an OPC Foundation fellowship with AP in Tokyo.

William Martin, 2020 Kuhn winner, is a video journalist and filmaker. He is back in NYC freelancing. He has a fellowship with the GroundTruth Project.

Mateo Nelson, 2020 Rick Wilson-Deb Amos winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with Reuters in Beirut.

Marta Orosz, 2020 Freedman winner.  Her project, Grand Theft Europe, a collaborative investigation involving reporters and newsrooms from 30 countries, received the 2020 French-German Journalism Award.  Marta described the effort at the 2020 OPC Foundation Scholar Awards Luncheon.

Thomas Nocera, 2020 Beinstock winner, has started his OPC Foundation fellowship with GroundTruth Project. Here is a story he and a colleague did for the Democracy project:

Annie Rosenthal, Sally Jacobsen winner in 2020, won the Wallace Prize for Non-Fiction writing at Yale University for her story, The Squirrel Whisperer, about a New Haven resident who lives with and rescues squirrels.  Annie has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press in Bogotá. She also received Yale's Parker Huang Travel Fellowship, which funds a year of postgraduate study, research, or work abroad. She will continue to report on grassroots activism around searches for the disappeared in Colombia, Honduras, and Mexico.

Meghan Sullivan, 2020 Cronkite winner, worked for the Alaska Bureau of Indian Country Today, anticipating the start of her OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press in Bangkok.

Annie Todd, 2020 S&P Global winner, has been freelancing in NYC and has an OPC Foundation fellowship in Johannesburg.  Here is a story she did for the Gothamnist.

Sarah Trent, 2020 Rowan winner, has been freelancing for the Wall Street Journal and preparing for her OPC Foundation fellowship with the WSJ bureau in Singapore.

Eli Binder, 2019 Fritz Beebe Fellowship winner, is a New York-based staff writer for The Wire. He had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong and Singapore. Here is his first byline. He next enrolled at Yenching Academy, a master’s program at Peking University in international relations.

Sarah Champagne, 2019 S&P Global Award winner, is back for her second year in the master’s program at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She had a summer internship with the Texas Tribune.

Letícia Duarte, 2019 I.F. Stone winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the GroundTruth Project.  In addition, she is one of two GroundTruth Global Fellows for Democracy Undone, a reporting initiative covering the rise of authoritarianism around the globe.  Her project focused on the connection between the rise of populism in Brazil and the U.S. Here is a story she and three others wrote for the New Yorker on the impact of climate change on xenophobia in 2021. 

Jonas Ekblom is the 2019 Reuters Fellowship winner.  After a summer internship with Reuters in the U.S., he will head to Belgium for an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Brussels bureau. Here is a Reuters story he did that ran in the New York Times. he is now a business reporter at Swedish daily Svenska Dagbladet.

Audrey Gray is the 2019 Bienstock winner.  Here is a cover story she did for Metroplis Magazine is for Architectural Digest. In 2020, she will be writing about global carbon emissions, thanks to a project grant from The Delacorte Review. Specializing in climate adaptation, architecture and equitable design, her feature articles and photography have appeared in MetropolisArchitectural DigestThe New Republic,Esquire.com and The New York Times.

Rachel Mueller, 2019 H.L. Stevenson winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with GroundTruth Films.  She and four other GroundTruth Fellows traveled to Namibia for a multimedia project about the lessons to learn from Namibia’s HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

A.J. Naddaff, the 2019 Richard Pyle Scholarship winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Associated Press bureau in Beirut. Here is a story he wrote that made the AP Top Ten. He also was awarded a Harvard-CASA 12-month fellowship to study intensive Arabic at the American University of Cairo.

Mehr Nadeem, 2019 Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship winner. Following a reporting 2020 fellowship from Rest of the World, an organization founded to tell technology stories, particularly from places that are overlooked, she was hired to stay on as a contributing writer covering all things tech in Saudi, Iran and the Gulf.  The OPC Foundation funded Mehr’s internship with Reuters in Pakistan.  She has also reported for Bloomberg News and Lebanon’s Daily Star. She is proficient in Urdu, Hindi and Arabic. Here are samples of her work.

Claire Parker is the 2019 Stan Swinton winner.  After a summer interning for the Washington Post, she went to Paris for an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press.  Here and here are some of her bylines. She heads next to Tunisia.

Daphne Psaledakis, 2019 Flora Lewis fellowship winner, is now a reporter on the foreign policy team for Reuters in Washington DC. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship with Reuters in Brussels.  Here are samples of her work.

Rebecca Redelmeier, 2019 Schweisberg winner, graduated from Tufts.  She is a digital engagement associate for the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Emma Vickers, 2019 Jerry Flint winner, is the first Bloomberg/OPC Foundation fellow.  After her 10-week internship, she was hired by Bloomberg.

Krithika Varagur, 2019 Sally Jacobsen winner, writes the At Work column in the Wall Street Journal, about the quirks, realities and frustrations of the workplace today. She is the author of The Call: Inside the Global Saudi Religious Project. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the AP bureau in New Delhi.  Here and here are some of her bylines. She was a National Geographic explorer in Indonesia.

Echo Wang, 2019 Freedman winner, made the most of her OPC Foundation fellowship with Reuters.  She was hired by them to cover mergers and acquisitions in the New York City bureau.

Rebekah Ward, 2019 Cronkite winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with Reuters in Mexico City.  Here are some of her bylined work. She will follow that up as a data journalism fellow at Columbia Journalism School.  

Sarah Wu is 2019 is the 2019 Roy Rowan winner. After a summer internship with the Boston Globe, she had an OPC Foundation fellowship with Reuters in Hong Kong.

Jack Brook, 2018 Schweisberg winner, was on the video team for the South China Morining Post in the summer. Here is a film he produced about competitive eating.

Olivia Carville, 2018 Roy Rowan winner, is working on the Wealth team at Bloomberg.

Adriana Carranca Corrêa, 2018 Harper's winner, has a post-grad fellowship with Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Micah Danney, 2018 Wilson winner, has an OPC Foundation fellowship with the GroundTruth Project in Jerusalem. Here is a podcast he did for them. He is now a reporter/editor for Religion Unplugged.

Isabel DeBré, 2018 Swinton winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press in Jerusalem. She is now a reporter for AP in the Cairo bureau.

Hiba Dlewati, 2018 Sally Jacobsen winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press in Beirut. She is now in communications for the United Nationas Development Fund. In 2018, a documentary she worked on was nominated for an IDA Documentary Award for Best Feature.

Madison Dudley, 2018 S&P winner, graduated from DePauw University. She is currently with the Student Press Law Center, which provides legal services to student journalists and educators.

Cecilie Kallestrup, 2018 Reuters winner, is a journalist and news Presenter at the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. She had an OPC Fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Nairobi. During that time she reported from Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Uganda. Here and here are some of the stories she covered.

Claire Molloy, 2018 Bienstock winner, is a video producer and cinematographer for Business Insider Today. She has shot and produced pieces for The New York Times, Vice, The Guardian, AJ+ and Esquire.

JoeBill Muñoz, 2018 Cronkite winner, is a documentary filmaker. His directorial debut, Follow the Sun, was released by NBC, screened in festivals across the country, and nominated for the David L. Wolper Student Documentary Award by the International Documentary Association (IDA). He was also named a 2020 Sundance Ignite x Adobe Fellow.  As part of the year-long program, the film, about migrant journeys across Mexico, will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival: London, which runs August 7–9, 2020.  JoeBill is currently an associate producer on a feature about global food, water, and land issues at The Center for Investigative Reporting, and the producer-writer on an independent feature about the California prison hunger strikes against indefinite solitary confinement. He has worked for Frontline, the Investigative Reporting Program, and The Associated Press.  JoeBill has an OPC Foundation fellowship with AP in Mexico City.

Suman Naishadham, 2018 Stevenson winner, has been hired by the Associated Press as a desk editor and reporter covering 13 states in the U.S. West.  Suman, who had an OPC Foundation fellowship at the Reuters bureau in Mexico City, had been freelancing in the Mexico capital, where she also had done an internship with the Wall Street Journal.  Here, here and here are some of her stories. her work has also appeared in GQ Magazine, Roads & Kingdoms, Vice, and others.

Amelia Nierenberg, 2018 Flora Lewis winner, is a reporter in the newsletter division at the New York Times. She started at the Times as a member of its first-ever, year-long Fellowship Program.  She had an OPC Fellowship with the Associated Press in Dakar. Amelia was part of the Boston Globe team that was named Pulitzer Prize for Local Reporting 2020 finalists. Nierenberg was an intern at the Boston Globe when she helped work on “ The Valedictorians Project,” a feature that traced the paths of 113 Boston high school valedictorians. An article she wrote for The New York Times on the effect of the climate crisis on New Mexico’s Hatch chile crop will be included in Best American Food Writing 2020, edited by J. Kenji López-Alt and Silvia Killingsworth.

Scott Squires, 2018 Freedman winner, covers Argentina's markets & debt restructuring for Bloomberg. He had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Buenos Aires. Here is one of his first stories. Also see here and here. He has remained in Argentina and has continued to freelance.

Elizabeth Whitman, 2018 Kuhn winner, is a reporter for Modern Healthcare. She had a grant from the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing to work on a project in the Middle East

Yifan Yu, 2018 Flint winner, is now on the West Coast covering tech for the Nikkei Asian Review. She previously reported on lending for Debtwire.

Congcong Daphne Zhang, 2018 Frutz Beebe winner, is a reporter at Life Annuity Specialist at Financial Times. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Wall Street Journal in London. Here is a sampling of her work.

Donna Airoldi, 2017 Reuters awardee, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Reuters bureau in Bangkok. Here is his first byline. She is now Senior Lodging & Meetings Editor at Business Travel News.

Joseph Ataman
, 2017 Roy Rowan scholar, is a video journalist at CNNi. He had 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, was named to the 2021-22 New York Times Fellowship class.  A photojournalist based in New York, Gabbie’s work has been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Reuters and more.

Sarah Dadouch, 2017 Emanuel R. Freedman awardee, has been named Beirut correspondent for the Washington Post.  She joined from Reuters, where she has worked since her OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Beirut.  During her two years at Reuters, she also reported from Istanbul and Riyadh.   

Rajiv Golla, 2017 Cronkite winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Nairobi.  Here’s his first byline. He is currently a podcaster based in the US. He previously freelanced in Kampala, working on Fulbright research projectabout how Indians are shaping modern Africa.

Lisa Martine Jenkins, 2017 Stan Swinton awardee,
is now with Morning Consult as a Senior Energy Reporter, covering energy and the environment.  She was previously with Chemical Watch.  Lisa had an OPC Foundation fellowship with AP in Mexico City. Here is her first byline.

Yi-Ling Liu, 2017 Fritz Beebe scholar, has a fellowship with Rest of the World. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship at the Associated Press bureau in Beijing. Here is her first byline for AP. She stayed in Beijing as a freelancer, writing for the Economist and the Guardian, among other publications, In 2019, New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute named her the winner of its fifth Matthew Power Literary Reporting Award. Here is an article she did in 2020 for the New York Times Magazine. She is also writing a book on the Chinese internet, through the help of the New America Fellowship.

Cate Malek, 2017 Irene Corbally Kuhn winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the GroundTruth Project. This is the first part of that project. Here are her bylines. She is now based in Austin, Texas, teaching journalism at Huston-Tillotson University.

Elizabeth Miles, 2017 Flora Lewis winner, is now an assistant editor at Foreign Policy in Washington DC. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Reuters bureau in Brussels. Here and one or two others are stories that she did for Reuters that were also picked up by NYT online. She later went to 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. Here is a story she wrote then.

Uliana Pavlova, 2017 Theo Wilson scholar, is a reporter for the Moscow Times. Here is a recent story. In the US, she wrote for a regulatory news wire called MLex on the trade and financial services desks. She had internships with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Bloomberg and Politico Europe.

Charles Rollet, 2017 Jerry Flint Fellowship for International Business Reporting, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. He now covers survelliance/tech issues for IPVM.

Serginho Roosblad, 2017 Harper's Magazine winner, is now a visual journalist in the San Francisco Bay area. He has worked at KQED where he focused on both video and photography. Here is a documentary he produced for them. He was director and director of photography for “Jonathan Calm Revisits ‘Green Book’ Locations in Search of America's Past and Present,” for PBS affiliate KQED. The film was nominated for an Emmy in the Historic/Cultural-Feature/Segment category of the 49th Annual Northern California Area Emmy Awards.

Tik Root, 2017 H.L. Stevenson winner, is on the Climate and Environment team as a reporter for Climate Solutions at the Washington Post. Most recently, he was at Newsy, a live news channel, where he worked in the documentary unit.  A veteran freelancer, Tik’s byline already has appeared many times in The Post, including as a lead author of our daily newsletter from the 2018 Olympics in PyeongChang.  Tik has often written about climate solutions, including a story about an effort to restore coral reefs in Belize for National Geographic and a piece about the pitfalls of individual action to fight climate change for The New York Times. 

Amaury Sablon, 2017 N.S. Bienstock awardee, is now in marketing for Norwegian Cruiselines. He had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the GroundTruth Project and traveled to Cuba for a project on religion. Here is part one of that project. He was communications coordinator for Best Buddies in Miami.

Katherine Sullivan, 2017 S&P Global Award winner, is a reporter and audio producer based in New York. She was part of the team that won a 2019 duPont-Columbia Award. She was a researcher with ProPublica team who partnered with WYNC and the Investigative Fund to produce Trump Inc., a collaborative reporting podcast that tackled the business relations between the Trump administration, the Trump family, the Trump business and the rest of the world. Katherine was an OPC Foundation fellow with Forbes Asia in Mumbai.

Levi Bridges, 2016 Swinton winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Moscow bureau of The Associated Press. Here is a story he reserached during his time in Moscow. He is currently freelancing in Mexico and Russia.

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, is Digital Editor/Staff Writer for PBS science documentary show NOVA. She also covers California stories on a freelance basis. She reports stories at the intersection of culture, science, business and international affairs. Her work has appeared online, in print, and on the airwaves of TIME, The New YorkerThe GuardianThe Washington PostThe San Francisco ChronicleThe AtlanticThe Los Angeles Times, Roads & Kingdoms, Pacific Standard, WBUR, KQED, and KALW, and more. Here is a 2017 story she did for the New Yorker.

Annika Hammerschlag, 2016 Irene Corbally Kuhn winner, is now a freelance reporter and photographer with a focus on the environment and West Africa. She spent several years as the education reporter at the Naples Daily News in Florida. Here is a story she did for Guardian in 2020.

Dake Kang, 2016 Fritz Beebe winner, is now a reporter with the Associated Press in Beijing. He won the 2019 Oliver S. Gramling Journalism Award for journalistic excellence, AP's highest award. He was one of a three-person team that first reported the existence of harsh “reeducation” camps where a million or more Muslim Uighurs in China’s far-western Xinjiang province were being imprisoned. Dake had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the AP bureau in Bangkok. He also spent time in the AP bureau in Cleveland.

Aizah Kohari, 2016 Cronkite winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Mexico City. She is now is back in Pakistan where she is the editor of Soch Writing, covering social justice issues.

Isma'il Kushkush, 2016 Rowan winner, has been named an Ida B. Wells Fellow by the Investigative Fund.  He will receive $12,000 plus funds to cover travel and out-of-pocket reporting costs.  Isma’il will focus on sports reporting.  He had an OPC Foundation fellowship with AP in Jerusalem. 

Russell Midori, 2016 Bienstock winner, is the OPC Foundation’s first winning videographer. Russell is now an editor/cameraman for WPIX in New York City. Here os a guide he wrote for the OPC on covering social unrest. Previously he was with with  CBS News. He is on the board of the OPC Foundation. He is a founder of Military Veterans in Journalism (MVJ).
 
Gabrielle Paluch, 2016 HL Stevenson winner, has a book coming out in 2020 about the Opium Queen, the subject of her winning essay. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Bangkok bureau of The Associated Press. She is now freelancing.

Katie Riordan, 2016 Flora Lewis winner, is a reporter at WKNO-FM in Memphis. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the London bureau of The Wall Street Journal.

Neha Thirani Bagri, 2016 Flint winner, had an OPC Foundation fellowship with The GroundTruth Project. She next was a reporter for Quartz in New York City. She was also part of a group reporting trip focusing on gender, human rights and civil society issues in Senegal in November 2017. She is now freelancing and based in Mumbai, India.

Pete Vernon, 2016 Theo Wilson winner, is now freelancing in Botswana. He was previously a Delacorte Fellow at the Columbia Journalism Review. He had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Johannesburg.

Kanyakrit Vongkiatkajorn, 2016 Freedman winner, is a community editor at the Washington Post.  She had been an editor at Mother Jones magazine.

Neha Wadekar, 2016 Theo Wilson winner, is a multimedia journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya and reporting across Africa and the Middle East. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Economist, CNN, Foreign Policy, TIME, Reuters and VICE, among others. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Nairobi. She won the photojournalism prize in the 2017 Mobile Photography Awards

Wei Zhou, 2016 S&P winner, is a researcher for the Wall Street Journal. She had been 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, is the Digital Editor at San Francisco Business Times. He had 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 joined The Washington Post as a staff writer.  She will be part of Foreign team based in Washington DC.  Miriam had been a freelancer throughout the Middle East. She most recently was based in Jerusalem, and has written for The Post and other publications, including BuzzFeed News, Reuters, the Associated Press and The New York Times. Miriam had an OPC Foundation fellowship with AP in Jerusalem.

Fatima Bhojani, 2015 Wilson winner. is a freelance journalist. Here is a story she did for Foreign Policy in 2020. Here is a cover story she did for Newsweek Middle East. Fatima had an internship with Reuters in 2017. She also received a nine month-long Kellogg fellowship in investigative reporting on the Environment and Workers' rights team at the Center for Public integrity in Washington DC.

Makini Brice, 2015 Lewis winner, is a reporter for Reuters Capital Team, based in Washington DC. She had 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 also worked for Reuters in Haiti and was there when Hurricane Matthew hit the island.

Max deHaldevang, 2015 Reuters winner, is the Mexico reporter for Bloomberg, covering economics & politicsa. Before that, he was reporter with Quartz in NYC. Here is a story he did them. He had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Mexico City as an OPC Foundation fellow.  Some bylines on gay marriage in Mexico and the ruling party's position on the election.

J.p. Lawrence, 2015 HL Stevenson winner, is with Stars and Stripes as a downrange reporter reporting on Afghanistan.  Most recently, he was a reporter for the premium team at the San Antonio Express News.  He also worked for the Albany Times Union.  Jp had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press in Uganda.

Tusha Mittal, 2015 Rowan winner, is an editor for The Caravan, along-form narrative magazine in New Delhi. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the GroundTruth project.

Eilis O'Neil, 2015 Harper's Magazine winner, is a reporter for KUOW in Washington state.  Here is a story she wrote in 2021 about the impact of Covid on a small, rural tribe. 

Timothy Patterson, 2015 Flint winner, went to AP in Mexico City as an OPC Foundation fellow. He had 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 was a copy editor at the Irrawaddy Times.

James Reddick, 2015 Kuhn winner, is now a freelancer in San Francisco. He was an editor at the Phmon Penh Post and the Khmer Times, an English-language daily started by OPC Member Jim Brooks. 

Alexander Saeedy, 2015 Fritz Beebe, is a reporter for LCD (S&P Global) in New York. He was 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 also was 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 now a freelance journalist and baker. She was an 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, won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing. Ben, who has been a staff writer at The New Yorker since 2017, was awarded the Pulitzer for “ Guantanamo’s Darkest Secret,” his account of a man who was tortured at the Guantanamo Bay detention facility for over a decade. The Pulitzer Board praised Taub for “blending on-the-ground reporting and lyrical prose to offer a nuanced perspective on America's wider war on terror.” He also won his second George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting in two years for a story about how the effort to eliminate ISIS in Iraq has led to mass executions, detainment camps, and a culture of revenge that is corroding the country from within. His 2018 winning report showed the humanitarian devastation caused by the shrinkage of Lake Chad in Africa and underlined the connection of the ecological disaster to famine and armed uprising. Ben 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. Ben also won the Best Investigative Reporting Award in any medium at the 2017 Overseas Press Club Awards Dinner. The story "War Crimes in Syria" appeared in The New Yorker and was funded in part by the Pulitzer Center.

Katerina Voutsina, 2015 S&P winner, covers data journalism, migration research and media innovatio. She 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.

Kyle Walker, 2015 Schweisberg winner, earned a master's degree in Journalism and European Studies at New York University. He was founding editor at New York Transatlantic.

Mark Anderson, 2014 Freedman winner, is the Africa editor of the Organized Crime & Corruption Reporting Project. Before that he was 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 a fact-checker for the New York Times Magazine and a freelance journalist. She was a reporter 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 freelance journalist based in Paris. She covers a range of topics including human rights, climate change, development and business. Crowe’s work has appeared in The Independent, The Guardian, Reuters, and Al Jazeera English, among others. She previously served as correspondent for the Dow Jones publication Financial News in London and a senior reporter for Business Insider in New York. She was an OPC Foundation fellow in the Reuters bureau in Nairobi. She was featured in the OPC Bulletin in 2020.

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, is the author of Republic of Shame. She 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 a staff reporter for The New York Times Magazine. He's working under C.J. Chivers, covering armed conflict, weapons and munitions, and human rights. John is also filing stories to the newspaper, where he filed his first piece on the death of an American Special Forces soldier in Mali. Before joining The Times, John was a senior crisis advisor for Amnesty International, where he reported from the ground in Myanmar and assisted with human rights investigations in Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Iraq, Syria, and Yemen. John will be based in Washington D.C. 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, is a freelance journalist, based mostly in Tunisia. He had 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. Sam has launched an effort in Iraq training journalists there in podcast production.

Derek Kravitz, 2014 IF Stone winner, is a contributing reporter at ProPublica. He 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. He and three other colleagues at ProPublica were awarded the 2018 Free Speech & Open Government Award from the First Amendment Coalition for its Trump Town project, which exposed how dozens of obscure Trump campaign staffers, including conspiracy theorists, had populated the government through hiring mechanisms meant for short-term political appointees. He is on the board of the Overseas Press Club.

Sam McNeil, 2014 Cronkite winner, has moved within the Associated Press from Tunisia to the Beijing bureau. Sam had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Associated Press bureau in Cairo. After that he was hired by AP as a videojournalist 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 worked for Reuters since 2015.

Anna Nicolaou, 2014 S&P winner, is a media correspondent for the Financial Times. She had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Reuters bureau in Brussels.

Alison Sargent, 2014 Flora Lewis winner, is a freelancer in Paris. She 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 contributed to its religion coverage. She is now at Harvard Divinity School.

Frederick Bernas, 2013 Cronkite winner, is still in Latin American freelancing. He works in print, visual or audio media, short and long form, covering topics from astronomy to art, politics, tech and design. He did an OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Buenos Aires. Here is a 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 a freelancer based in San Francisco. She writes about American and international policy, politics, history, and other topics for outlets including Spiegel Online, The Diplomat, Asia Times Online, and Foreign Policy In Focus. She was previously a fellow at Foreign Policy magazine. 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 with Reuters, is a News Editor at the Thomson Reuters Foundation in London. Previously, he served in Dohar as the Qatar correspondent for Reuters. 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, covers crime and public safety at the Alabama Media Group in Mobile. He has reported from West Africa, all across Europe, New Zealand, and Australia.

Mateo Hoke, 2013 IF Stone winner, and co-author Cate Malek published Palestine Speaks: Narratives of Life Under Ocupation for Voice of Witness Press. His video work includes field and studio productions, as well as hosted pieces exploring issues like homelessness and prisons. He is also the co-author of Six by Ten.

Valerie Hopkins, 2013 Flint winner, is now the Southeast Europe correspondent for the Financial Times covering Hungary, Romania and the former Yugoslavia.  She is based in Budapest. Valerie had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Reuters bureau in Belgrade. She speaks Serbian/Croatian, some Albanian, some Russian, basic German and basic Spanish. 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,
has joined The Wall Street Journal as Middle East correspondent covering Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries. Recently he was with Reuters, which he joined in 2013 as a trainee. He then became Egypt correspondent and later he was made Iraq correspondent. Most recently, he was Reuters’ Saudi chief correspondent. Before joining Reuters, Stephen was a reporter at the Associated Press.  He has experience reporting from Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and the United States. He is fluent in Arabic and Spanish.

Jacob Kushner, 2013 Bienstock winner, won a Fulbright research fellowship specially designed for journalists. He is studying in Berlin. Previously, he 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, is the executive compensation reporter for Bloomberg News.  He was formerly a senior Editorial Research Coordinator at TheDeal.com. He spent the summer of 2013 completing his OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Brussels.  Here, here and here are some of his clips. He is on the board of the OPC Foundation.

Patricia Rey Mallén, 2013 Theo Wilson winner, is now a producer with Al Jazeera based in Doha.  She previously worked as a freelance journalist in Mexico City with bylines in Quartz, Roads&Kingdoms, Conde Nast Traveler and Univision, among others.  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, is a reporter for Bloomberg News in its Beijing bureau. She also had an internship in the Wall Street Journal in Beijing.

Adriane Quinlan, 2013 Flora Lewis winner, is now a supervising writer for Vice News. She spent two years as a writer for CNN International.  She began her career a reporter with the Times-Picayune in New Orleans.  She is on the board of the OPC.

Jad Sleiman,  2013 Schweisberg winner, is back in the US as a producer with the NPR show, The Pulse. He had an internship with Reuters in the Jerusalem bureau in 2016 and graduated from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. 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 was also a video journalist with Agence France Presse on the MENA desk.

Marina Villeneuve, 2013 Kuhn winner, is now the New York State government and politics reporter for The Associated Press. She was previously their Maine statehouse reporter, a position she held since May 2016. 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 is the author of Broken Abacus. 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. 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 was also the GroundTruth Middle East correspondent focusing on women and minorities after the Arab Spring.

Eva Dou, University of Missouri, 2012 S&P Award for Economic & Business Reporting, is with the Washington Post, covering China with a focus on business and technology.  She was formerly with the Wall Street Journal where she has spent the last seven years reporting business and political news from Beijing and Taipei.

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, is the author of To & Fro Fam, a blog dedicated to family travel, focusing on practical travel hacks and family-friendly destinations.

James Jeffrey, 2012 David R. Schweisberg Scholarship, is a freelance journalist based in Addis Ababa, where he writes about Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa. He is a frequent contributor to Al Jazeera.

Sophia Jones, 2012 Reuters Scholarship winner, has joined the Fuller Project for International Reporting as a senior editor and journalist, now reporting from Barcelona. She was formerly 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. Here is a story she did for the New York Times in 2019.

Nizar Manek, 2012 winner of the Harper’s Magazine Scholarship in memory of I.F. Stone, has been a correspondent & independent consultant working on Ethiopia, Horn of Africa, Red Sea area since 2015. 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. 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.

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. In 2019 she launched a magazine entitled Gayettes.

Lauren Zumbach, the 2012 Alexander Kendrick Internship winner, is a business reporter covering retail and airlines for the Chicago Tribune. 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 senior news editor at LinkedIn in New York.  Previously he covered 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 a Specialist at The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. 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 alson an associate 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 also works with BBC Africa. 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 a product manager at YouTube. 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, is now an Associate Editor of HuffPost Religion. Prior to joining, she was a reporter at the New York Daily News covering a range of topics and where she started the religion beat. She 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.

Diksha Madhok, 2011 Theo Wilson winner, has returned to Quartz, this time as  Editor and Director of the Quatz India platform.  Most recently she was digital editor at ThePrint and before her previous time at Quartz, she was a reporter for Reuters in New Delhi. She has always had 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, is now a consultant on software products in Lisbon. After an internship with The Economist in London, he was a reporter in the New York bureau of the Financial Times and an Oil and Gas correspondent in London.

Laura Rena Murray, 2011 Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship, is an investigative journalist in San Francisco covering public interest and accountability stories that highlight corruption, mismanagement or human rights violations across the world. She has written for The New York TimesThe Guardian, Al Jazeera America, San Francisco Chronicle, SF Weekly, 100Reporters, and the Center for Public Integrity. 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.

Mark Oltmanns, 2011 Flora Lewis winner, is a freelance journalist and documentary filmmaker based in the San Francisco Bay area. His clients include VICE, PBS NewsHour, Al Jazeera America, TIME, and the Global Post. He spent a summer as an OPC Foundation fellow 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 a digital journalist with CBS News in Miami. He 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.Alex once freelanced for VICE, among others, and spent a year with Stars & Stripes.
 
Hannah Rappleye, 2011 Harper’s Magazine Scholarship winner, is an Emmy-award winning reporter with the Investigative Unit at NBC News. Her work, focused largely on criminal justice, immigration, and civil rights, has appeared on Nightly News, the TODAY Show, the Rachel Maddow Show and in outlets including The Nation and The Advocate. In 2017 she received an Emmy for her coverage of the Flint water crisis. She started as a street reporter for the New York Post.

Colleen Stewart, 2011 H.L. Stevenson Scholarship, interned at the Portland Press Herald in Maine. Here is a piece she did for them. Here is a multimedia piece she did on women in agriculture, her favorite topic. She now works a garden keeper at Orcas Island Farm to Classroom.

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, is a producer at North Carolina Public Radio - WUNC. She is a national fellow at News21 in Arizona State.

Leah Finnegan, 2010 Stan Swinton winner, is the executive editor of The Outline. She was formerly an editor at Gawker and was once 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. 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.

Francesca Freeman, 2010 Theo Wilson winner, now works at Google. She was previously 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 a reporter in the London bureau of The New York Times. Before joining The Times, she covered British politics for the The Wall Street Journal. In that role, she wrote about Britain’s exit from the European Union, national security, migration and trade and was part of a team nominated for a Gerald Loeb Award for coverage of Brexit. Before covering U.K. politics, she wrote about energy markets, including oil price manipulation. She was a Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism for the 2018-2019 academic year at Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. She previously freelanced from Johannesburg for the Associated Press and the WSJ. Here's a documentary she recently completed on gang violence in South Africa.

Artis Henderson, 2010 Irene Corbally Kuhn winner, is a reporter for Gulfshore Life in Florida. She had an OPC Foundation internship in the Associated Press bureau in Dakar.  She then stayed 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. Here is the review that appeared in the NYT Sunday Review of Books.

Karina Ioffee, 2010 HL Stevenson winner, is a communications director for the City of Berkeley. She used to be 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, is a product manager in London. She formerly ran the social media team for The Economist and 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, is based in Baghdad as a delegate for the International Committee of the Red Cross. Oxford University Press 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 analyzes 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 fellowship in the Sao Paulo Reuters bureau, has also worked at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ and was 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 fellow in Paris. He was a Knight-Bagehot fellow in 2016. He is the author of Kings of Crypto: One Startup's Quest to Take Cryptocurrency Out of Silicon Valley and Onto Wall Street.

Caroline Stauffer, 2010 Flora Lewis winner, is the former South Latin America bureau chief for Reuters and is now the wire service's Chicago News Editor. She had an OPC Foundation internship in the Reuters bureau in Mexico City. Here is a story she did that September.

Chris Stein, 2010 Roy Rowan winner, is an editor with AFP in Washington, DC. He moved there recently after spending 6.5 years reporting in Africa, specifically Ghana, Nigeria and finally Ethiopia. He originally moved to Ghana to cover the presidential elections. 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 has reported from Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Senegal, Cote D'Ivoire, Uganda and the Gambia. In 2010 he won the professional award of the Guardian's International Development Journalism Competition. After a spell in London as a contract writer for the European edition of Newsweek, Simon is now under contract with the Penguin Random House imprint William Heinemann to write a narrative non-fiction book on the recent evolution of the British Army.  He was the recipient of an OPC Foundation fellowship 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. He is the author of The Changing of the Guard: The British Army since 9/11.

Haley Sweetland Edwards
, 2009 winner of the Irene Corbally Kuhn Scholarship, is senior writer 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. After an award-winning stretch as an investigative reporter for the Associated Press in Washington DC, Jeff moved to San Francisco to cover Facebook for the Wall Street Journal. Most recently, Jeff was the 2018 recipient of the Knight Bagehot Fellowship’s annual Christopher J. Welles Memorial Prize, for his reporting on the Paul Manafort saga. 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. He is now with the Center for Investigative Reporting.

Michael Miller, the 2009 Stan Swinton winner, is a local enterprise reporter for the Washington Post. In 2017, he and his colleagues at the Post won the Feddie Award from the National Press Foundation for their reporting on MS-13.  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 fellow 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. He covers transportion. In 2019, he traveled to Seoul to report on the DMZ and transit in Korea.

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, is an Assistant Professor in Global Communication at Georgia State University and the Director of Center for Global Information Studies. She was a fellow iin 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
Her book, Media Politics in China, won the book of the year award from the International Journal of Press and Politics at the International Communication Association in 2019. 

Michelle Theriault Boot, the 2009 Theo Wilson winner, is a reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. She covers news and features about life in Alaska and has been focusing on corrections and psychiatric care issues in the state. She graduated with a master's degree in the journalism program at the University of Oregon and was an OPC Foundation intern in the Associated Press bureau in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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, is a staff writer at The New Yorker and the author of the books “Future Sex” and “Nollywood: The Making of a Film Empire.” She has published journalism, essays, and criticism in n+1, the Times, GQ, and the London Review of Books, and was anthologized in “The Best American Travel Writing 2011.” She has reported from many different countries and was a Fulbright scholar in Mozambique.

Mayank Bubna, 2008 H.L. Stevenson winner, is a freelance journalist and private consultant who covers war, armed conflict, politics, international law, and human interest stories. His assignments have taken him to Somalia, Sudan, Liberia, Mozambique, Sri Lanka, Burma, Ghana, Iran, the US, Peru and India among other places. He has also reported for Time.com, CNN Traveler and produced video documentaries for Dan Rather and the New York Times.

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. He is an 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. He is a founder of Wall Street Scout.

Devon Haynie, the 2008 Flora Lewis awardee, spent several months reporting for the AP in Johannesburg, South Africa, on an OPC Foundation fellowship. She is an assistant managing editor of US News & World Report's cities section. She was formerly 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 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 now at Harvard Law School. She had been 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, covers national security and the military for the Washington Post. He had spent 8.5 years at the Wall Street Journa. Paul had an OPC Foundation fellowship with the Associated Press in Moscow.  He also interned with New York Times in Moscow before joining the Journal in London, covering business and political news.  While in London, Paul and his colleagues won the Malcolm Forbes Award for best international business reporting in newspapers. He later returned to Russia to serve as Moscow correspondent for the Journal from 2013 to 2016, covering the Kremlin as relations between Washington and Moscow soured. 

Max Strasser, 2008 Kendrick winner, is now based in London. He was an editor of the op-ed section of the New York Times. As an a ssociate 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, Alexandra Suich Bass is The Economist’s senior correspondent for politics, technology and society, covering a range of political and public policy topics. Alexandra was named Britain’s Young Financial Journalist of the Year 2012 by the Wincott Foundation. Previously she spearheaded The Economist’s coverage of technology in America for four years from San Francisco. She also  served as media editor, based in London and New York, where she wrote about the television, film, newspaper, music and marketing businesses worldwide. 

Yu Sun, the first S&P winner in 2008, is a Chinese economics reporter at the Financial Times.

Rollo Romig, 2008 Roy Rowan winner, has made a career out of international reporting, especially in India. He writes most often for the New York Times Magazine and is currently working on a book about South India for Penguin Books. He is currently in India - in the city of Kochi - but is based in New York City. He went to Phnom Penh in the fall of 2008 as an OPC Foundation fellow 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.

Ben Weller, 2008 Schweisberg winner, is a photographer based in Nagoya and covering stories in Japan and South Korea. His work focuses on industry, labor, politics, and culture. He won an OPC Foundation fellowship 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.

The 2007 Kendrick winner, Antonio Castaneda, is a photojournalist. He 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, covers energy for Bloomberg 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, is a Senior Analyst, Arabian Peninsula at International Crisis Group. She 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 a contributing 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 the author of MBS: The Rise to Power of Mohammed bin Salman. He is the New York Times bureau chief in Beirut.  An Arabic speaker, he has reported from Egypt, Libya, Syria, Iraq, Jordan, Yemen, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere. He had an OPC Foundation fellowship in the Associated Press bureau in Jerusalem, a posting that launched his career with AP and lasted until he joined the Times as a correspondent in 2013. Here is a front page story for The Times.

Andy Greenberg, 2007 Reuters winner, is a senior writer at Wired Magazine. He previously worked as a staff writer at Forbes.com and Forbes Magazine. 

Ed Ou, the 2007 Dan Eldon winner, now a video journalist at NBC News, won  a 2020 Peabody Award in the news category for a work he produced for NBC Digital entitled  “A Different Kind Of Force: Policing Mental Illness.”In 2017, he won the OPC Award for Best International Reporting in the broadcast media showing a concern for the human condition, for "The Kill List: The Brutal Drug War in the Philippines." He also won the Canadian Screen Award for cinematography with colleague Kitra Cahana for the documentary “Dancing Toward the Light” for CBC News.  The documentary showed how young people use dance for healing and preventing depression in an isolated northern community called Nunavut where suicide is alarmingly common. Ed 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 with Reuters in San Francisco. After several years in Riyadh, she moved to the Dubai bureau where she was a senior correspondent covering business throughout the Gulf.  She received an 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 fellow 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.

Erica Schlaikjer, 2007 Schweisberg winner, is a Senior Strategist at Rapt Studio. 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, is a practicing Family Practitioner in Raleigh, NC.  She 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.

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. In 2018-18, she worked on the special counsel investigation with Robert Mueller.

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, is the chief operating officer at Peak Support. She is the former associate editor at Inc. magazine and formely communications manager at the Clinton Global Initiative. She received an MBA at MIT.

Anupreeta Das, the 2006 Reuters winner, is the finance editor of the New York Times. She spent 10 years at The Wall Street Journal, most recently as deputy business editor. Preeta also served 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.”

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, also freelanced there.

Zvika Krieger, who won the Freedman award in 2006, is now Director of Responsible Innovation at Facebook App. he was formerly at the Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution at World Economic Forumi and a Representative to Silicon Valley | Senior Advisor for Technology and Innovation at U.S. Department of State. He was also 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 former Newsweek Middle East correspondent. Here is a piece in did for The Atlantic in 2011.

Ted Latiak, Rowan winner in 2006, was a reporter in Florida for a couple of years and a producer in Long Island. He is currently a police officer in Greenwich CT where Roy used to live.

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.

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.

Kristen Gillespie, the 2005 Irene Corbally Kuhn scholarship winner, used her scholarship to go to Turkmenistan and filed this report for NPR.

Marina Walker Guevara, the 2005 Emanuel Freedman winner, is the Executive Editor at the Pulitzer Center. As ICIJ’s deputy director, she co-managed the Panama Paper investigation. 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, served 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 was the field office's communications coordinator. For more information, see www.IJM.org. Click here to read one of her stories.   

Shlomi Shani (Simhi), 2005 IF Stone winner, is a lawyer with the State Comptroller and Ombudsman of Israel. He was once the editor of Israel's Bar Law Journal and 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, has been a media reporter at the New York Times since 2014. She and a team of reporters, who exposed sexual harassment and misconduct across industries, won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2018. Before joining the Times, Emily 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 joined the The Wall Street Journal in 2006.

Garance Burke, 2004 Freedman winner, is a reporter for the Assoicated Press. She was part of the APs team that was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in National Reporting in 2019.  The staff was recognized for its authoritative coverage of the Trump administration’s migrant family separation policy that exposed a federal government overwhelmed by the logistics of caring for and tracking thousands of immigrant children. She was also honored by the Military Reporters & Editors Association the same year for a news-breaking story she and a colleague wrote about more than 500 immigrant recruits who had been discharged from the U.S. military through July 2018, many for questionable reasons. 

Joe Hanel, the 2004 HL Stevenson winner, is director of communications for the Colorado Health Institute, a health policy think tank. He spent 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 a senior editor of Time in Washington DC. She had been the magazine's South Asia bureau chief in Hong Kong. She also reported from South Africa for the LA Times, NPR and AP. She started her career in Iceland editing two English language magazines.

Doug Merlino, Kendrick winner in 2004, is the author of three books, The Hustle: One Team and Ten lives in Black and White (2011);  The Crossover; and  Beast: Blood, Struggle and Dreams at the Heart of Mixed Martial Arts (2015). He is based in New York and contributes to news organizations including Slate, Vice, Men’s Journal, Wired, Fast Company and the PBS show Frontline/World. 

David Shaftel, Rowan winner in 2004, is a freelance journalist living in New York City. He has contributed to publications including The New York Times, The Financial Times Weekend, Saveur, The Guardian, among others. He is the founding editor of Racquet, a tennis magazine.

Tess Taylor, the 2004 IF Stone winner, is is the author of the poetry collections Work & Days (2016) and The Forage House (2013) and Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange. Her work has appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the Boston Review, the Harvard Review, Literary Imagination, the Times Literary Supplement, Memorious, and the New Yorker. She was the 2010-2011 Amy Clampitt Resident, has received writing fellowships from Amherst College, the American Antiquarian Society, the Headlands Center for the Arts, and the MacDowell Colony. She was recently a Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University in Belfast and Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College in Lynchburg, Virginia. She has chaired 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 freelancer. He was formerly a correspondent in Colorado for Mergermarket writing about energy and mining mergers and acquisitions.

Martin Patience, the 2004 Dan Eldon winner, is the Middle East for the BBC in Lebanon. He has been for a foreign correspondet for the BBC since 2008, reporting from Nigeria, China and Afganistan.

Nick Zamiska, who won the Schweisberg scholarship in 2004, graduated from Yale Law School after several years covering China for the Wall Street Journal. He is with Palantir Technologies.

Sarah Garland, the 2004 Theo Wilson winner, is the executive editor of the Hechinger Report. She started out in journalism reporting on murders and mayhem in New York City for New York Newsday and the New York Times, before joining the New York Sun, where she discovered a passion for the education beat. She is the author of Divided We Fall and Gangs in Garden City.

Fariba Nawa, 2004 Kuhn winner, is the author of Opium Nation which details her reporting on her native Afganistan.  She specializes in immigrant and Muslim communities in the United States and abroad. She is based in the San Francisco Bay Area but has traveled extensively to the Middle East and South Asia. She also authored the report "Afghanistan Inc." (in Corp Watch). She 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, has been with Reuters since 2009. He’s based in Budapest.

Mariam Fam, 2003 Stan Swinton winner, is a reporter for the Associated Press. She is based in the Middle East.

Jason McClure, 2003 Freedman winner, was an East Africa-based correspondent for Bloomberg. 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, is a senior editor/writer for UNHCR. She once worked at The Star (in Johannesburg), South Africa’s best-selling daily newspaper.

Wei Gu, 2002 Reuters winner,  is a PR diector at Apple. She had been with The Wall Street Journal Asia’s digital team as Editor of China Wealth and Luxury. Wei joined 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, worked 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.

Corinne MacLaggan, Rowan winner in 2002, is the managing editor of the Texas Tribune.  Before that she worked as a national correspondent for Reuters, writing and editing stories about Texas and nearby states.

Carissa S Wyant, 2002 Dan Eldon winner, works as an adjunct professor of theology in Minnesota. she has a Ph.D. from the Luther Seminary (2018, Systematic Theology).

Anna Loewenberg Sophie, Rowan winner in 2001, currently lives in Berkeley.  She recently returned to the US after spending nearly 20 years of her journalism career in Beijing.  Her work in China was in print journalism and documentary film with the production company: http://www.goldminesfilm.com.

William Nessen, 2000 Dan Eldon Scholarship winner, is a journalist and filmaker. He wrote the 2005 documentary The Black Road.

Melissa Chan, 2001 Kendrick winner,  is an American broadcast  is an American broadcast journalist, who currently presents DW News Asia on Deutsche Welle TV. . She spent several years with Al Jazeera as a China correspondet, and later with Al Jazerra America until it closed. She srated with ABC News and World News Tonight with Peter Jennings.

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 New York-based political and investigative reporter at the New York Times and a staff writer at the Times Magazine, covering the intersection of wealth, power, and influence in Washington and beyond. His reporting on privacy abuses and social media propaganda in Silicon Valley helped The Times win the 2019 George Polk Award for national reporting and the Gerald Loeb award for investigative reporting. He and his colleagues were also finalists for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize in national reporting. He was part of a team of reporters whose coverage of the downfall of Gov. Eliot Spitzer of New York won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting and the Sigma Delta Chi award for deadline reporting from the Society of Professional Journalists. He won the 2011 New York State Publishers Award for distinguished coverage of state government. In 2015, his coverage of lobbying and influence in Washington helped The Times win a Gerald Loeb award for beat reporting. In 2016, he led a team of reporters who won the Loeb award for their investigation finding that just 158 families had contributed half of the early funding for the presidential campaign.

Kristina Shevory, the 1998 Reuters winner, is a freelance military reporter who writes regularly for the New York Times about business and the military. Her stories have also appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Newsweek, Wired, Businessweek, Foreign Policy, Pacific Standard, AP, FoxNews.com and the New York Post. She is also a U.S. Army veteran. In 2014  she received an Alicia Patterson Foundation fellowship and spent her fellowship year traveling, researching and writing on her topic, “Shadow Wars: The Era of Freelance Soldiers and Special Operations Forces.” 

Edward Wong, the David Schweisberg winner in 1998, is a diplomatic and international correspondent for the New York Times who reports on foreign policy from Washington. He has spent most of his career abroad, reporting for 13 years from China and Iraq for The Times. As Beijing bureau chief, he ran The Times’s largest overseas operation. He has filed dispatches from North Korea, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Tibet, Nepal, Mongolia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia, among other places.  He received a Livingston Award for his coverage of the Iraq War and was on a team from The Times’s Baghdad Bureau that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in international reporting. He has two awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia for coverage of China. 

Jose Roberto Alampay, Schweisberg winner in 1996, was 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 Chief of Multimedia Content for 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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