Seven Journalists Awarded Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at JHU SAIS

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Washington - 06/10/1999 - Seven U.S. journalists have been awarded four-month fellowships to focus on international affairs in the Pew Fellowships in International Journalism at The Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

The Pew Fellowships in International Journalism, begun in 1998 and funded by a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, provide early-career U.S. journalists with an opportunity to study international affairs and to do in-depth reporting overseas. Two groups of Pew Fellows are chosen each year - one for a fall session and one for each spring.

"This is our third group in just over a year, and brings the total number of countries to which we will have sent journalists to more than 30," said John Schidlovsky, director of the Pew Fellowships and a veteran foreign correspondent.

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

Cheryl Anne Hatch, freelance photojournalist, Ohio - Eritrea

Cyril Ibe, independent radio producer, Chicago - Angola

Carrie Kahn, reporter, KPBS radio San Diego - Mexico

Dave Newbart, freelance reporter, Chicago - China

Heather Anne Szerlag, freelance reporter, Washington, D.C. - Middle East

Colin Woodard, freelance reporter, Maine - Pacific Islands

Kai Wright, reporter, Washington Blade - Zimbabwe

During the overseas travel portion of their fellowships, the Pew Fellows will report on topics that include immigration, religious and cultural assimilation, environmental regulation, conflict resolution, preservation of natural resources, international strategies on AIDS and economic development.

The Pew Fellows arrive at SAIS 09/6/1999, to begin a two-month 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 spends five weeks overseas, reporting on a specific news story outlined by the journalists. The Pew Fellows return to SAIS for two weeks to prepare their news reports, which are offered to news organizations and excerpts of which are published at, the program Web site.

The Pew Fellows were selected by a panel of distinguished journalists and scholars that included: Seymour Topping, administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes; Robert DeVecchi, adjunct senior fellow with the Council on Foreign Relations; Loren Jenkins, senior editor of National Public Radio; Patricia King, professor of law at Georgetown Law Center; Simon Li, foreign editor of the Los Angeles Times; Phyllis McGrady, vice president and executive producer, ABC News; Deborah Potter, executive director of NewsLab; Nadya Shmavonian, independent consultant and former executive vice president of the Pew Charitable Trusts, and David Zucchino, assistant to the editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The deadline for applications for the spring 2000 program is 10/1/1999. For more information on the fellowships, see the Web site or call 202.663.7761.

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.

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 to help organizations and citizens develop practical solutions to difficult problems. In 1998, with approximately $4.7 billion in assets, the Trusts granted over $213 million to 298 nonprofit organizations.

For more information, contact Felisa Neuringer Klubes at the SAIS Public Affairs Office at 202.663.5626 or

Wednesday, June 9, 1999
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