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.
Most recently a senior reporter for Mother Jones, Blake will study the intersection of science and U.S. government policy.
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.
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.
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)
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)
A reporter for Bloomberg News, Fan will study how China’s domestic politics and economy impact its relations with other countries. (China)
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.
A writer and critic for The Guardian and New Statesman, Laing will study literature and the crosscurrents between art and trauma. (UK)
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)
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)
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.
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)
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.
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.
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)
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.
A cartoonist for The New Yorker, Weyant will study the repositioning of editorial cartoons as a critical asset to journalism’s digital business model.
An investigative reporter for The Seattle Times, Willmsen will study emerging toxins and chemicals that impact the health and safety of our workforce.
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.