Eight Journalists Awarded Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at Johns Hopkins SAIS for Fall 2000

Eight U.S. journalists have been awarded fellowships to report on critical issues in Asia, Africa, Central Asia, Latin America and Europe as part of the four-month-long Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University.

Since 1998, two groups of U.S. journalists a year have been selected to study international affairs at SAIS and to do in-depth reporting overseas as part of the Pew Fellowships program, which is funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts with the aim of encouraging more international reporting in the U.S. media.

"This is our fifth group of Fellows, some of whom have won major awards for their work overseas," said John Schidlovsky, director of the Pew Fellowships and a veteran foreign correspondent. "We've sent journalists on reporting projects to more than 50 countries." Most recently, Pew Fellows reported from Sierra Leone, Iraq, Russia, Laos, Israel, Lebanon, Jordan, Indonesia, Turkey and India.

The Pew Fellows for fall 2000 and the countries on which they will focus are:

  • Audrey Helene Baker, associate producer, ABC News, New York -- Peru
  • Julia Barton, reporter, WHYY-FM, Philadelphia -- Ukraine
  • Sumana Chatterjee, reporter, Congressional Quarterly, Washington -- India
  • Lisa Reilly Cullen, staff writer, Money Magazine, New York -- Japan
  • Meredith Davenport, freelance photojournalist, New York -- Sudan
  • Jacqueline Koch, freelance photojournalist, Coupeville, WA - Indonesia
  • David Kohn, coordinating producer, CBS News, New York - Uzbekistan
  • Patricia Rivera, reporter, The News Journal, Delaware -- Bolivia

During the five-week overseas travel portion of their fellowships, the Pew Fellows will report on topics that include rural poverty and development, population displacement, scarcity of water resources, ethnic conflict, changing role of women, human rights, press freedom and emerging epidemics.

The fall 2000 Pew Fellows arrive at SAIS 09/4/2000 to begin a seven-week Washington-based program of studies, including special daily seminars on international topics. Pew Fellows are also invited to audit SAIS classes in international affairs. Each Fellow then travels overseas to report a specific news story. The Pew Fellows return to SAIS for three weeks to prepare their reports, which are offered to news organizations and excerpts of which are published at www.pewfellowships.org, the program website.

The fall 2000 Pew Fellows were selected by a panel of distinguished journalists and scholars that included: Seymour Topping, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes; Ricardo Chavira, assistant managing editor/national, international, Dallas Morning News; Loren Jenkins, senior editor of National Public Radio; Parisa Khosravi, vice president and international news managing editor, CNN; Patricia King, professor of law, Georgetown University; Simon Li, foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times; Phyllis McGrady, senior vice president, ABC News; Nadya Shmavonian, independent consultant and former executive vice president of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and David Zucchino, projects writer, Philadelphia Inquirer.

The next deadline for applications is 10/1/2000 for the program beginning in the spring 20001. For more information on the fellowships, see the website, call (202) 663-7761, fax (202) 663-7762, or e-mail pew@mail.jhuwash.jhu.edu.

SAIS is one of the country's leading graduate schools devoted to the study of international relations. Located in the heart of downtown Washington, near think tanks, embassies and government offices, the school enrolls more than 450 full-time graduate students and mid-career professionals and has trained more than 9,000 alumni in all aspects of international affairs. Its distinguished faculty includes some of the nation's leading experts in global issues.

Among the nation's largest philanthropies, the Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion. Based in Philadelphia, the Trusts make strategic investments that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change. In 1999, with approximately $4.9 billion in assets, the Trusts granted over $250 million to 206 nonprofit organizations.

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