Kathleen Graham joins AFPF

For Immediate Release: January 19, 2012
Contact:Katie Rudolph, katie[at]pressfellowships[dot]org


 WASHINGTON – The Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships (AFPF) has selected Kathleen Graham to serve as the organization’s executive director.

AFPF is a cultural and professional international journalism exchange program serving 279 developing world journalists in 78 countries over the past 29 years. Since 2002, AFPF has worked with the Daniel Pearl Foundation to provide journalism exchange fellowships to honor journalist Daniel Pearl –the Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan.

“Kathleen Graham brings a distinguished background in administration, fundraising and journalism programming,” said Randall D. Smith, president of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships. “But Kathleen’s most impressive quality is her vision for the future. We believe our fellows, funders and friends will be energized by her presence.”

Graham is an 18-year nonprofit veteran. Previously, she served as the executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) in Washington, D.C. RTDNF offers professional training opportunities for journalists, scholarships for students, an international journalist exchange program and support of First Amendment issues. RTDNF is the educational arm of The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession.

“I’ve dedicated my career to promoting press freedom, creating ethical coverage standards for newsrooms and producing professional development programs for journalists,” Graham said. “AFPF is a distinguished organization with a strong commitment to international journalism excellence. I am honored to work with the fellows, host newsrooms, board members, staff, funders and members of the journalism and international community. I look forward to growing the organization, creating new partnerships and advancing the critical mission of AFPF to meet the changing needs of today’s electronic newsrooms.”

Jonathan Friendly, chairman of the Alfred and Jean Friendly Foundation Board and son of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Alfred Friendly of the Washington Post said, “Kathleen Graham has seen the revolution in journalism in the developed world. She’s the right person to guide our program as it prepares ambitious newsrooms in developing countries to take advantage of the new technologies and practices while building the core ethical values of the profession my father loved.”

About AFPF AFPF seeks to strengthen journalism in changing societies. In the belief that just societies must have a vigorous and principled free press, AFPF builds strong newsrooms that make possible an informed citizenry. AFPF works to strengthen skills and values by placing talented international journalists in U.S. newsrooms and by establishing long-term training partnerships with news organizations who want to foster professional excellence. For more information, visit www.pressfellowships.org.


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