Alfred Friendly Press Partners Names 30th Anniversary Fellows

For Immediate Release:  March 19, 2013 
Contact:  Katie Rudolph at 202-429-3740 or 


Alfred Friendly Press Partners Names 30th Anniversary Fellows 

WASHINGTON—The Alfred Friendly Press Partners is pleased to announce its 2013 Fellowship Class. This marks the 30th year of the Press Partners fellowship program. On March 20, the fellows arrive in the United States for five-and-a-half months of journalism training in American news organizations.

The 2013 Fellows are:

  • Waqas Banoori of the Independent Press Network,Islamabad,Pakistan. Daniel Pearl-Saleem Shahzad Fellow. Host publication:Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
  • Emran Hossain of, Dhaka, Bangladesh. Daniel Pearl Fellow. Host publication: Huffington Post.
  • Khalid Khattak of The News International,Lahore,Pakistan. Daniel Pearl Fellow. Host publication: The Wall Street Journal.
  • Mugambi Mutegi of Business Daily,Nairobi,Kenya. Host publication:Chicago Tribune
  • Glenda Ortega of America Economia, a magazine within Editorial Vistazo in Guayaquil, Ecuador. Hosts: University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Miami Herald.

The Daniel Pearl Fellowships, named for the Wall Street Journal reporter who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan in 2002, were established in 2003 and are funded by the Daniel Pearl Foundation.  

Press Partners will introduce the 2013 Fellows on Monday, March 25, from 5:30 -7:30 p.m., at a 30th Anniversary Welcome Reception at the National Press Club. 

Three hundred fellows from 78 countries have worked in American Press Partner newsrooms. Our year-long 30th Anniversary celebration honors the fellows, our media partners and the remarkable changes that have occurred in journalism and in the world’s emerging nations since the inception of the Friendly Fellowship program in 1983. 

“There are many ways to judge a program after 30 years,” said Randall D. Smith, president of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships, “but perhaps the best way is to applaud the work of our former fellows. They are voices for peace inKenya’s presidential politics. They are voices for reform inPakistan. They are authors inIndiaand lecturers inEgypt. They are proof, over and over, that democracy cannot survive without a free press.”

Created by Alfred Friendly, a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter and former managing editor of The Washington Post, the program places mid-career journalists from emerging markets in some of America’s best newsrooms for five months. The program allows these international journalists to participate first-hand inAmerica’s constitutionally protected news-gathering and reporting.   

“Members of the 2013 Fellowship Class hope to improve their investigative reporting skills, observe America’s system of open records, discover innovations in journalism and leverage social media and digital technologies to advance global stories,” said Kathleen Graham, Press Partners’ executive director. “This is a smart and talented group of future international news leaders committed to promoting press freedom and teaching what they’ve learned to their news colleagues back home.”

If you would like to meet the new fellows March 25 at the 30th Anniversary Welcome Reception at the National Press Club or schedule an interview, please contact Program Manager Katie Rudolph at 202-429-3740 or

Press Partners is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Programs are supported by contributions from individuals, newsrooms and foundations.

Alfred Friendly Press Partners Mission:  In the belief that just societies must have a vigorous and principled free press, Alfred Friendly Press Partners aims to build strong newsrooms that make possible an informed citizenry. We work to strengthen skills and values by placing talented international journalists inU.S. newsrooms and by establishing long-term training partnerships with news organizations that share our goal of fostering professional excellence.


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