Journalist From Nepal Among This Year’s Humphrey Fellows

Rajneesh Bhandari comes to a Walter Cronkite School program in its sixth year.

Rajneesh Bhandari has reported on Nepal for The New York Times, Al Jazeera, the Los Angeles Times and other outlets. He holds a Master’s degree in mass communications and journalism from Nepal’s Tribhuvan University and a post-graduate diploma in multimedia journalism from the Philippines’ Ateneo de Manila University.

For the next 10 months, he will be honing those impressive skills via Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School as one of the institution’s 2015-16 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows. Per the announcement:

This year marks the sixth time the Cronkite School has held the program. Since 2010, 58 journalists and communicators from 42 countries have come to the Cronkite School, which will continue to host the program thanks to a new five-year grant through the Institute of International Education.

“The Humphrey Fellowship Program fosters an important exchange of journalism knowledge among our fellows, students, faculty and staff,” said Christopher Callahan, dean of the Cronkite School. “We are thrilled to continue hosting this important program for the next five years and look forward to collaborating with this year’s talented cohorts.”

That’s Bhandari, wearing glasses, in the top row above. Together with (from full left to right): Joseph Macomb (Gabon), Vitalien Adoukonou (Benin), Natalia Ghilascu (Moldova), Marta Cerava (Latvia), Alla Nadezhkina (Russia), Namgay Zam (Bhutan), Darko Ivanovic (Montenegro) and Criselda Marie Z. Caringal (Philippines).

Bhandari is following in the footsteps of 2014-15 Nepalese Humphrey Fellow Lila Ojha, publisher and EIC of weekly newspaper Byapar Weekly. From her ASU blog post at the end of last year’s program:

That desire to fill every moment was apparent to me as I watched cars go by while I waited for public buses in Blacksburg, Va. I saw most Americans were eating food or talking on mobile phones – or doing both at the same time.

Americans love doing multi-tasking. They also love doing work by machine rather than in person, including cleaning their houses by robotic vacuum cleaners or washing pots in dishwashers.

[Photo, courtesy ASU, by: Deanna Dent]