IRP Fellows for Spring 2007 Program Announced

From the release:

    Seven U.S. journalists, including the third recipient of the NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellowship, have been awarded International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowships in Washington D.C.
    for the Spring 2007 program.

    The 14-week fellowships, which are aimed at encouraging coverage of
    international issues by the U.S. news media, begin in January 2007 at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of The Johns Hopkins University.

    The U.S. journalists will focus on stories in Afghanistan, China, Lebanon, Liberia, Mexico, Senegal and South Africa. The IRP program combines nine weeks of study in Washington and five weeks of individual overseas reporting. This is the first time IRP Fellows have been selected to report in Afghanistan, Liberia and Senegal.

    The seven Fellows include one journalist who will receive an additional six weeks of training with National Public Radio as the NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellow, a position made possible by a grant from Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum. The recipient of that fellowship is Shereen Meraji, a radio journalist from Los Angeles. During her NPR training, she will focus on production, editorial and on-air skills, and produce a project for one of NPR’s newsmagazines.

    The IRP Fellows for Spring 2007, their affiliations and the countries on which they will focus are:

    Vanessa Gezari, national reporter, St. Petersburg Times – Liberia
    Steve Kiehl, staff writer, Baltimore Sun – Mexico
    Nikole Killion, anchor/reporter, WJLA NewsChannel 8, Arlington, VA – South Africa
    Christina Larson, managing editor, Washington Monthly – China
    Shereen Meraji, associate producer, National Public Radio, Los Angeles – Lebanon
    Jessica Reaves, reporter, Chicago Tribune – Senegal
    Greg Warner, freelance reporter, WHYY-FM, Philadelphia – Afghanistan

    Two of the spring 2007 IRP Fellows, Killion and Reaves, are focusing on international health issues. Each year, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation provides support for IRP Fellows to cover global health issues. Since 1998, 145 journalists have been selected as IRP Fellows and have reported from more than 75 different countries. For photos and bios of the new IRP Fellows, please visit

    The next deadline for applications for the IRP Fellowships and the
    NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellowship is April 1, 2007 for the Fall 2007 program. For more information, call (202) 663-7761, fax (202) 663-7762, email or see For additional information on the NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellowship, see