Category Archives: Alum Profile

01 Mar

Journalist-turned-activist describes Fellowship as ‘pivotal’

    By María José Valero  Betty Abah wrote down details of every outing with her Alfred Friendly fellowship colleagues. She would scribble notes or draw sketches to record her experiences a decade ago in America, whether or not the ...

12 Dec

Former Fellow now a globe-trotting investigative reporter

Paul Radu, who grew up in a closed-off communist country, has gone on to travel to more countries than he can count and become one of the most famous investigative journalists in his home country, Romania. Radu runs the Organized Crime ...

06 Jan

Reporter draws from fellowship to cover Mideast conflicts

By Elise Schmelzer Even after hustling out of Syria in the middle of the night under the threat of death, Alia Ibrahim continues to report from flashpoints in the Middle East and Europe. She can’t imagine doing anything else. Ibrahim, ...

06 Jan

Former Daniel Pearl Fellow’s probe of Pakistan tax laws leads to reform

By Elise Schmelzer Umar Cheema loves taxes. The Pakistani journalist sees paying them as a civic duty, and he’s devoted to making sure people in power are paying them, too. Cheema, a former Daniel Pearl Fellow, uses the tax codes ...

15 Nov

Then and Now: Shamim Ashraf

Fellowship Year: 2007 Fellowship Host News Organization: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Current Position: Web Editor (Content), The Daily Star Biography:   Shamim Ashraf is a multinational, multimedia journalist based in Dhaka, Bangladesh. He is online editor of The Daily Star, the nation’s largest English-language newspaper ...

10 Sep

Then and Now: Marina Walker Guevara

Fellowship Year: 2002 Fellowship Host News Organization: The Philadelphia Inquirer Current Position: Deputy Director, International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, a project of the Center for Public Integrity. The ICIJ brings together reporters from around the world to collaborate on investigative reporting. Biography:  ...

15 Jul

Then and Now: Alejandra Matus

Country of Origin: Chile Fellowship Year: 1997 Fellowship Host News Organization: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Current Position: Associate Professor of Communications and Literature, Universidad Diego Portales, Chile Biography: Alejandra Matus is an internationally recognized investigative journalist whose work has contributed to the furtherance ...

16 Jun

Then and Now: Walid Al-Saqaf

Daniel Pearl Fellow Country of Origin: Yemen Fellowship year: 2005 Fellowship Host News Organization: The Wall Street Journal Current Position: Program Director, Master of Global Journalism (MAGJ) Örebro University, Sweden Biography: Walid Al-Saqaf is a Yemeni journalist, software developer and ...

Vladimir Kovalev
15 Jun

Then and Now: Vladimir Kovalev

County of Origin:  Russia Fellowship Year: 2002 Host News Organization:  Rocky Mountain News, Denver, Colorado Mentors: John Ensslin, Ann Imse Home news organization at the time of the fellowship: St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Russia Current position: Energy NewsToday, Brick, ...

15 Dec

Then and Now: Jaideep Hardikar

Fellowship Year: 2009 Fellowship Host News Organization: South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Fort Lauderdale, Florida Home news organization and position at the time of the fellowship: Principal Correspondent with the Mumbai-based Daily News & Analysis (DNA) Current Position: Special Correspondent, The Telegraph Biography:  Jaideep Hardikar is Special ...