Left to right, Bhojani, Saeedy, Voutsina, deHaldevang, Lawrence, Brice, Berger, Patterson, Starrs, Walker, O’Neill, Reddick, Mittal, Andersen and Taub.
Congratulations to the 2015 OPC Foundation Scholars!
OPC Foundation Scholar Awards Luncheon with Sebastian Junger, February 20, 2015
Ted Andersen, WALTER & BETSY CRONKITE SCHOLARSHIP, University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (BA, UC/Santa Barbara)
Miriam Berger, STAN SWINTON FELLOWSHIP, Oxford University (BA, Wesleyan University)
Fatima Bhojani, THEO WILSON SCHOLARSHIP, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (BA, University of Pennsylvania)
Makini Brice, FLORA LEWIS FELLOWSHIP, New York University (BFA, University of Southern California)
Max deHaldevang, REUTERS FELLOWSHIP, Columbia University Harriman Institute (BA, Cambridge University)
J.p. Lawrence, H.L. STEVENSON FELLOWSHIP, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (BA, Bard College)
Tusha Mittal, ROY ROWAN SCHOLARSHIP, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (BA, DePauw University)
Eilís M. O’Neill, HARPER’S MAGAZINE SCHOLARSHIP in memory of I.F.Stone, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (BA, Oberlin College)
Timothy Patterson, JERRY FLINT FELLOWSHIP FOR INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS REPORTING, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (BS, US Naval Academy)
Alexander Saeedy, FRITZ BEEBE FELLOWSHIP, Yale University
James Reddick, IRENE CORBALLY KUHN SCHOLARSHIP, University of California-Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism (BA, Lewis & Clark College)
Jenny Starrs, NATHAN S. BIENSTOCK MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP, Northwestern University
Ben Taub, EMANUEL R. FREEDMAN SCHOLARSHIP, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (AB, Princeton University)
Katerina Voutsina, STANDARD & POOR'S AWARD FOR ECONOMIC AND BUSINESS REPORTING, The Fletcher School, Tufts University (MA, Boston University)
Kyle Walker, DAVID R. SCHWEISBERG SCHOLARSHIP, University of Tulsa
Congratulations to 2006 Schweisberg winner Gregory Johnsen who is seen here accepting the Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Coverage of Congress from the National Press Foundation on behalf of his BuzzFeed News colleagues for their centerpiece titled "60 Words and A War Without End." Here’s the video on C-Span: http://www.c-span.org/video/?c4528727/gregory-johnsen
Congratulations to 2008 Stan Swinton winner Paul Sonne (center) for winning an Overseas Press Club Award. Based in London, Paul and his colleagues from the Wall Street Journal won the Malcolm Forbes Award for best international business reporting in newspapers. The winning series of articles, “Censorship, Inc,” described how Iran, Egypt, Libya and Syria used technology from Western and Chinese companies to spy on dissidents, conduct surveillance, and track mobile phone use.
Congratulations to Ben Hubbard, 2007 Stan Swinton awardee, for winning the 2012 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism. He shared the honor with C.J. Chivers for their work in Syria. Although Ben won for his reporting for The Associated Press, both journalists are now with the New York Times. Ben began his career at AP with an OPC Foundation internship in AP’s Jerusalem bureau Ben and C.J. Chivers both went in and out of Syria multiple times in 2012, often traveling by foot and at night in order to avoid detection. They managed to gain the trust of rebel groups and report amidst bombs, bullets and the constant threat of capture. Their articles offer a glimpse into a region most readers are unfamiliar with, and were reported with the utmost accuracy possible in a war-torn country. “Syria is probably as dangerous as or more dangerous than any other country that a winner has reported from,” said Richard Stolley (BSJ52, MSJ53), a former managing editor of TIME who is one of three judges for the award and a member of Medill’s Board of Advisers. “What was most remarkable was, under these awful conditions, how good their writing and reporting was.” Stolley is a former president of the OPC. Ben described his coverage of Syria as helping fill an information void about what is going on in the country. He noted, “I have always considered it my job as an Arabic-speaking journalist to try to act like a bridge between the often baffling events taking place in the Arab world and the American or English-language reader.”
The work of 2006 OPC Foundation scholar Rawya Rageh reporting for Al Jazeera English on air and on Twitter was named one of the top 50 news stories produced by graduates of Columbia Journalism School as part of its Centennial Celebration. Rawya was in Cairo’s Tahrir Square for the dramatic protests that toppled Hosni Mubarak and marked the historic bloom of the Arab Spring.
Congratulations to Michael E. Miller, Swinton scholar in 2009, for winning 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” for the Miami New Times which told the story of four robbers gunned down by Miami-Dade police during a 2011 controversial sting operation. Michael had an OPC Foundation internship in the AP bureau in Mexico City.
2001 OPC Foundation/Kendrick scholarship winner Melissa Chan has been expelled from China. Melissa had been a reporter for Al-Jazeera English based in China for five years. Her press credentials and visa were not extended and AJE had no choice but to close its Beijing bureau.