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Class of 2016

Debra Adams Simmons

A senior news executive at Advance Local, the parent company of a group of metro news organizations, Adams Simmons will study the impact of the digital news transformation on newsroom leadership and diversity, media ethics and local communities.

Mariah Blake

Most recently a senior reporter for Mother Jones, Blake will study the intersection of science and U.S. government policy.

Christopher Borrelli

A features writer at the Chicago Tribune, Borrelli plans to study the decline of regional identities in the United States and the role that income inequality and social policy play in that change.

Andrea Bruce

A conflict photographer, Bruce will study the history of democratic theory and new storytelling techniques beyond photography.

Christa Case Bryant

Jerusalem bureau chief for The Christian Science Monitor,  Case Bryant will study the technology and international politics of cybersecurity, with a particular focus on cyberwarfare.

Cansu Çamlibel

A writer and senior diplomatic correspondent for Hürriyet, Çamlibel will study the rise of political Islam and how religion shaped contemporary Turkish political discourse. (Turkey)

Naomi Darom

A writer at Haaretz, Darom will study the relationship between feminism and the messages about gender conveyed by popular culture. (Israel)

Tim de Gier

Head of digital and a staff writer for Vrij Nederland, de Gier will study the intersection of modern leftist theory and the political and economic challenges of digital technology. (Netherlands)

Fan Wenxin

A reporter for Bloomberg News, Fan will study how China’s domestic politics and economy impact its relations with other countries. (China)

Mónica Guzmán

A technology and media columnist for GeekWire, The Daily Beast and Columbia Journalism Review, Guzmán will study how journalists can rethink their roles to meet the demands of online public discourse.

Hamish Macdonald

International affairs correspondent for ABC News, Macdonald will study the intersection of traditional international affairs reporting with innovative, contemporary modes of storytelling to develop new models for collaboration and delivery. (Australia)


Stephen Maher

A political columnist at Postmedia News, Maher will study the use and abuse of surveillance in the absence of effective civilian oversight. (Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellow)

Fabiano Maisonnave

A senior reporter and editorial writer at Folha de S.Paulo, Maisonnave will study the impact of social and economic policies on inequality and the environment in developing countries. (Knight Latin American Nieman Fellow, Brazil)

Mary Meehan

A writer at the Lexington Herald-Leader, Meehan will examine the impact of the Affordable Care Act and barriers to sustained health improvement among the previously uninsured.

Grzegorz Piechota

Head of the Innovation Lab at the Warsaw-based Gazeta Wyborcza, Piechota will study patterns in digital news content engagement to identify best practices. (Poland)

Todd Pitman

Bangkok bureau chief for The Associated Press, Pitman will study the causes and consequences of military intervention in emerging nations and examine ways to advance reporting in countries under army rule.

Anastasia Taylor-Lind

A documentary photographer, Taylor-Lind will study the ways women are portrayed in ancient and modern conflict. (UK/Sweden)

Wendi C. Thomas

A columnist for the Memphis Flyer, Thomas will study how to deepen the public conversation on economic justice using a multimedia news website and civic engagement campaign.

Fungai Tichawangana

Managing editor of Zimbo Jam, Zimbabwe’s leading arts and culture website, Tichawangana will study digital storytelling techniques, the development of interactive media and online security. (Zimbabwe)

Kim Tingley

A contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine, Tingley will study the history and philosophy of science, specifically the science of navigation and its relationship to memory and sense of place.

Christopher Weyant

A cartoonist for The New Yorker, Weyant will study the repositioning of editorial cartoons as a critical asset to journalism’s digital business model.

Christine Willmsen

An investigative reporter for The Seattle Times, Willmsen will study emerging toxins and chemicals that impact the health and safety of our workforce.

Wonbo Woo

A producer for NBC News, Woo will study the way major media events impact communities and examine the collateral effects of competitive news coverage on towns and residents after the spotlight fades.