Class of 2020
Rania Abouzeid is a Beirut-based journalist and author of “No Turning Back: Life, Loss, And Hope in Wartime Syria.” She has covered wars, natural disasters and political upheaval across the Middle East and South Asia for more than 15 years and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Michael Kelly Award, the George Polk Award for Foreign Reporting and the Overseas Press Club of America’s Cornelius Ryan Book Award. Abouzeid has written for The New Yorker, Time, National Geographic and other publications, and has reported and presented television documentaries and features. She has received fellowships from the European Council on Foreign Relations, New America and Columbia University’s Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma.
She is studying the dynamics of post-civil war societies and how trust and the idea of community are rebuilt. She also plans to investigate and contextualize the legacy of the Arab Spring uprisings.
- No Turning Back: Life, Loss, And Hope in Wartime Syria
- When the Weapons Fall Silent: Reconciliation in Sinjar After ISIS
- Kidnapped in Kabul (documentary)
- In Kashmir, Deep Wounds, Rising Anger
- Letter from Iraq: Out of Sight
- Personal website
Jasmine Brown is a producer for ABC News’ “Nightline” in New York City. She has reported from some of the most remote places on the planet, producing stories ranging from the effects of climate change in Antarctica and the Marshall Islands to reforms inside Rikers Island. She covered the police shooting of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge in 2016 and the 2017 Las Vegas massacre. Before joining “Nightline,” Brown worked at “20/20,” where she contributed to the network’s Peabody Award-winning coverage of Hurricane Sandy. In 2016, she was awarded the Edward R. Murrow Award for a news series for “ABC News Nightline: Face-to-Face.”
She is studying the role of implicit bias in instances of police misconduct and the ways in which news coverage, cell phone videos and police body cameras illuminate how routine encounters can turn deadly.
Ana Campoy is a senior reporter at Quartz who writes about immigration, trade and Latin America for a global business audience. Previously, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she covered stories including the Fort Hood shooting in Texas, the first Ebola infection in the U.S. and the rise of Central American immigration. She also has written about fluctuating oil prices, European interest rates and natural disasters. Her collaboration with Puerto Rico’s Center for Investigative Journalism and the AP on deaths caused by Hurricane Maria won the Philip Meyer Award, the Data Journalism Award for Investigation of the Year, and the Javier Valdez Latin American Prize for Investigative Journalism. Campoy also was part of a team of reporters that won a Gerald Loeb Award for a series of stories on BP’s Deepwater Horizon disaster.
She is studying the backlash against globalization and the social and economic policies that can help address it, as well as ways the media can foster more fruitful public debate on such complex, polarizing issues.
Robert Chaney is a staff writer and photographer covering natural resources and science at the Missoulian in Montana. He has covered every beat at the paper, including a solo stint as its first all-digital reporter, and has chronicled Montana’s connections to issues in Nepal, Brazil and China. Chaney has won national awards for examinations of the state’s timber industry, the Indian Education for All program and the expansion of the local Buddhist community. He has also reported on bison reintroduction and has written a book on grizzly bears and the future of endangered species set for publication in 2020.
As the Harry M. Davis Nieman Fellow in Science Journalism, he is exploring how sense of place shapes the environmental attitudes of rural and metropolitan Americans and how those often-differing views affect U.S. environmental policy.
Selymar Colón most recently served as vice president and editor-in-chief of digital news at Univision, where she built a team of multimedia journalists and drove the network’s digital integration. She was a senior producer for the Sunday morning public affairs program “Al Punto con Jorge Ramos” and has been a key member of the Univision News team covering stories ranging from the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and that year’s World Cup to President Obama’s second inauguration and an interview with Sonia Sotomayor, the first Hispanic U.S. Supreme Court justice. Her honors include Emmy Awards, a King of Spain Award, a World Press Photo Digital Video of the Year Award and an Edward R. Murrow Award. She also led her team to win several National Press Photographers Association awards, Atlanta Photojournalism Awards and a Suncoast Emmy, among others.
She is researching how to most effectively reach and inform audiences during periods of low or no connectivity, with a focus on providing critical information after natural disasters.
Alex Dickinson is a digital newsroom leader who was most recently executive managing editor of Gizmodo Media Group, where he oversaw a network of eight websites. Previously, he worked as a digital editor for Bloomberg and the New York Post during the redesign and relaunch of those websites. He also was part of the founding editorial team of The Daily, the first iPad-only news outlet. Dickinson began his career as a reporter on the police desk of The Courier-Mail in Brisbane, Australia, after completing a law degree at the Queensland University of Technology.
He is studying journalism business models with an emphasis on what the media can learn about monetization and storytelling from the video game industry.
Matthew Dolan is an investigative reporter for the Detroit Free Press, where he has explored the intersection of business and public policy. He has covered the auto industry and national issues for The Wall Street Journal; federal courts for The Baltimore Sun; the military for The Virginian-Pilot; and government for The Philadelphia Inquirer. Dolan also has reported from the Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Caribbean. In 2019, his probe of college endowments won several state and national awards, including being named a finalist for the Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting.
He is studying automation and the future of transportation, exploring the potential benefits and drawbacks of emerging technologies that are poised to transform both cities and workplaces and jump-start new types of mobility. For his fieldwork as an Abrams Nieman Fellow for Local Investigative Journalism, he will investigate how technological disruption in the U.S. auto industry impacts local communities.
Hannane Ferdjani is a lead presenter and producer for the Africanews channel in the Republic of the Congo. She is the co-anchor of the daily “Morning Call” program and a presenter and producer for “Inspire Africa,” broadcast on Euronews. She has covered business, political and social stories in Japan, Ivory Coast and Angola. Ferdjani previously worked with France 24 as a freelance reporter and panelist on “Le Débat,” focusing on issues pertaining to security in West Africa. She also was embedded with the Nigerien and Chadian army to cover the impact of Boko Haram on populations in the Lake Chad region. She is the first Nieman Fellow from Niger.
As a Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellow in Journalism Innovation, she is studying how to develop new solutions journalism methods when covering nations undergoing digital transformations, with a focus on ensuring rigorous and effective reporting.
- “Your mind has no border,” TEDxPortBouet Talk
Anne Godlasky is an enterprise editor at USA Today who focuses on issues related to culture and mental health, including gender, sexuality and the U.S. suicide crisis. During her 14 years at the paper, she helped lead the newsroom’s digital transformation, innovated on emerging social platforms and worked on the audience, health, national news and investigative teams. Gannett chose Godlasky for its leadership and mentorship programs, and her “Fitbit for news” app idea won Gannett innovation funding. She received a National Headliner Award for her work on the “Surviving Suicide” series and was a member of Poynter’s 2018 Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.
She is studying the mental health effects of media consumption, exploring whether trauma-informed reporting and programming can stem the growing problem of news avoidance.
Natalia Guerrero is a Colombian journalist based in New York. She is a regular contributor to the BBC, producing multimedia pieces on a wide variety of underreported topics that have reached a global audience. She has reported for radio, TV, print and online about issues such as the invisible traumas of war in Colombia, dental care inequality in the U.S. and the aftermath from Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
She is researching and designing a toolkit for innovative journalism aimed at 16-to 24-year-olds, which will be adaptable for both local and global newsrooms.
- The Silent Wound
- Toothless in Virginia
- The screeching drill, the burnt flesh – my dental nightmare
- “Parecíamos fantasmas en un aeropuerto de fantasmas”: las Islas Vírgenes de Estados Unidos, arrasadas por los huracanes y sumidas en el silencio y la oscuridad
- The world’s most densely populated isle
- Llorar y correr en Lesbos: mi experiencia como voluntaria en el corazón de la crisis de refugiados en Europa
Gülsin Harman is a freelance reporter at The New York Times Istanbul bureau, where she has contributed to coverage of Turkey since 2017. She has reported on Turkish politics for other international news media and worked as a foreign news editor and United Nations correspondent for the Turkish newspaper Milliyet. Harman is a vocal advocate for press freedom and efforts to combat digital intimidation. In 2016, as the Turkey coordinator for International Press Institute’s “On the Line” project, she monitored online harassment of local journalists. She also has been a featured speaker at the International Journalism Festival, RightsCon and Festival Piaui Globonews de Jornalismo.
As the Robert L. Long Nieman Fellow, she is studying how new challenges to journalism impact democracy, with a focus on the link between disinformation and distrust of media in society and how that fosters political apathy.
Lucy Hornby has lived in China for 20 years, most recently serving as deputy bureau chief in Beijing for the Financial Times. She has reported from every Chinese province and region for the FT and Reuters on topics ranging from elite politics to the trade war and environmental pollution. She first moved to China with Princeton in Asia, a program that builds bridges between the U.S. and Asia, and taught English in the industrial city of Wuhan. Hornby has led investigations into some of China’s biggest and most indebted companies, including FT’s examination of the ownership of HNA, one of the country’s largest conglomerates. That coverage won the 2018 Society of Publishers in Asia’s award for excellence in business reporting.
She is studying the role of international capital in China’s state-led economic model.
Ji Tianqin is a chief writer for China’s Caixin Media, where she has led investigations into large Chinese conglomerates, including CEFC China Energy and HNA Group. She previously wrote for Southern Metropolis Weekly, GQ China and Xinmin Weekly. For two years, her reporting focused on one of China’s biggest political scandals, involving Chongqing Communist Party leader Bo Xilai and a corrupt police chief, Wang Lijun. The story involved corruption, murder and a purge of dissidents. Ji has covered topics ranging from rule of law and political transition to business news and features. She was twice named Southern Media Research’s journalist of the year and has been honored with major independent journalism awards in China. The investigative team she led was a finalist in the 2013 Global Investigative Journalism Network’s Global Shining Light Awards.
She is studying how to tell the stories of individuals in societies that don’t embrace the fundamental principles of market democracies and suffer breakdowns in democratic rule as a result.
Carrie Johnson is the national justice correspondent at NPR, where she covers the Justice Department, the FBI and the tug-of-war between the White House and the law enforcement community. She chronicled the investigation into Russian election interference in 2016 and the Trump campaign to overhaul the federal judiciary. She has a special interest in criminal sentencing, drug laws and clemency. Previously, she wrote for The Washington Post and Legal Times. Johnson has won awards from the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Human Rights, SABEW, and the Society of Professional Journalists and has been a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.
She is studying the vanishing U.S. criminal trial as well as threats to the Sixth Amendment right to counsel and the implications of that for public confidence in judicial accountability and the integrity of the justice system.
Pavel Kanygin is a correspondent for the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta, where he has worked since 2005. He has covered the Russian-Georgian and Russian-Moldovan conflicts and published a series of reports on the Fukushima nuclear power station disaster. Kanygin also has reported on the Ukrainian crisis since it began. He previously worked at the daily Moskovsky Komsomolets and the weekly Moscow News. In 2017, he won the Andrei Sakharov Prize for journalism and twice received the Redkollegia Award for Journalism Excellence, which recognizes independent journalism in Russia.
He is studying the ways mass media can counter misinformation in social networks and how to strengthen truly independent media outlets in countries such as Russia, Ukraine and Belarus.
Johnny Kauffman is a reporter with Atlanta’s public radio station WABE, where he covers voting and elections in Georgia. He helped establish the station’s first state capitol bureau and created the interactive event series “State Government Matters Too.” He regularly files stories from Georgia for NPR, and is part of the network’s state government and politics collaborative. He previously worked as a producer for NPR in Washington, D.C. Ahead of the 2018 midterms, Kauffman was part of a team with APM Reports and the “Reveal” podcast that found that more than 100,000 people were removed from Georgia’s voter registration list, largely for not voting.
Kauffman is studying voting in the 21st century, with a focus on methods for analyzing election policy and security. For his fieldwork as an Abrams Nieman Fellow for Local Investigative Journalism, he will examine disenfranchisement and election technology in Georgia.
Lisa Krantz is a staff photographer at the San Antonio Express-News and an adjunct professor at Texas A&M University-San Antonio who focuses on deeply personal stories in her community. She has reported on a 10-year-old boy with a remarkable appreciation for life despite a rare disorder; a man who, over the course of four years, shared his lifelong struggle with obesity; and the recovery of the congregation at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, the site of the fifth-largest mass shooting in the U.S.
In 2018, Krantz was named as a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Feature Photography and was a finalist in 2015 as part of a team entry on the Central American immigration crisis. Her work has been recognized by Pictures of the Year International (POYi), including the Community Awareness Award, second place Newspaper Photographer of the Year (2019) and third place Newspaper Photographer of the Year (2010 and 2015). She has twice received both the Scripps Howard Award for Photojournalism and the ASNE Photojournalism Award, among other honors.
She is studying the relationship between photojournalists and the people they photograph during times of sustained trauma.
Nour Malas is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, most recently based in Los Angeles. From 2009 to 2017, she was a foreign correspondent covering politics, business and society, mainly in the Middle East. Her reporting has focused on the people and communities caught in conflict and violence, from Syrian and Iraqi refugees to victims of mass shootings in Texas to areas hit by wildfires in California. Malas was part of a Wall Street Journal team that won an Overseas Press Club Award for a series on how autocratic regimes used Western and Chinese technology to spy on dissidents.
She is studying transitional justice issues in Syria, examining the use of land and property as a tool in conflict settlements. She is also investigating the effects of a changing American workforce on economic inequality.
Obey Manayiti is a senior investigative reporter at Alpha Media Holdings, publisher of three independent newspapers in Zimbabwe (NewsDay, The Zimbabwe Independent and The Standard). He has contributed to groundbreaking investigations into resource governance in the country’s extractive sector and stories involving illicit financial flows (IFFs). He also has exposed human rights abuses and corruption in the diamond mining industry and writes about politics and development. He has won seven national awards for investigative stories involving the mining sector and three others on developmental issues.
He is studying IFFs, focusing on how governments steal resources and how Zimbabwe, in particular, has allowed investors to exploit vast mineral deposits with no benefit to the country.
Ashwaq Masoodi, most recently a national writer for Mint, a financial daily in India, has documented the lives of ordinary Indians, focusing primarily on the subaltern classes and marginalized communities. Her longform pieces have examined the complex intersection of caste, gender and religion in the country. Masoodi previously worked as a reporter for The Asian Age and the Press Trust of India.
She is exploring ways to battle stereotypes and improve reporting on Muslims, the largest religious minority in India, and is examining how the scarcity of Muslims as storytellers contributes to unconscious bias in the media.
Andras Petho is a co-founder and editor of Direkt36, an investigative journalism center in Hungary. Previously, he was a senior editor for the news site Origo. He also worked for the BBC World Service and was a fellow at the investigative unit of The Washington Post. He has contributed to several international reporting projects, including the Panama Papers, which won the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting. Petho has written extensively about political corruption and has taught journalism courses at Hungarian colleges. He twice received the Soma Prize, the annual award dedicated to investigative journalism in Hungary.
He is studying how investigative reporting teams operating in hostile environments can improve audience engagement and create sustainable financial models for their work.
Chastity Pratt is the urban affairs reporter for Bridge Magazine, a digital news publication that covers government and politics in Michigan. She plays an integral role in the Detroit Journalism Cooperative, co-reporting with ethnic newspapers, public radio and TV outlets to cover issues such as Trump-era deportations, the Flint water crisis and Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy filing. Pratt previously was an education reporter for the Detroit Free Press and Newsday. Her reporting has led to the firing and jailing of school officials and widespread blight removal in Detroit.
She is studying how government policies destabilize urban education and ways multimedia storytelling can amplify solutions.
Karyn Pugliese is an assistant professor of journalism at Ryerson University and, until recently, was the executive director of news and current affairs at the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network (APTN) in Winnipeg, Canada. She has worked as a parliamentary reporter, an investigative journalist and a documentary filmmaker. Her stories focus on human rights and she has worked to advance the visibility and leadership of indigenous journalists. Pugliese’s honors include the Hyman Solomon Award for Public Policy Journalism; the Gordon Sinclair Award for her contributions to broadcast journalism; the Charles Bury Award; and three Native American journalism awards. She supports media rights through her work as a board member of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) and president of the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ). She is an ambassador for Journalist for Human Rights (JHR).
As the 2020 Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellow, she is studying strategies newsroom leaders and journalism educators can use to implement Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s calls to action in support of indigenous peoples.
Oliver Roeder is senior writer at FiveThirtyEight, where he has covered artificial intelligence, mathematics, the Supreme Court, the art market, international relations and professional chess. He broke a story about a plagiarism scandal in the world of crossword puzzles and in 2018, published the largest data set of Russian trolls’ election-meddling tweets. Roeder holds a Ph.D. in economics with a focus on game theory and his work has appeared in The Economist, Slate, Nautilus and Aeon. He also wrote, “The Riddler,” a collection of his math columns, which was the first book issued under the FiveThirtyEight banner. Earlier in his career, he was a postdoc affiliated with NYU Law doing econometric criminal justice research.
He is studying how data journalism and traditional journalism might be used to track and demystify the rise of advanced artificial intelligence.
Alexander Trowbridge is a producer on the digital team at “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” where videos he wrote and edited won a Webby People’s Choice Award and multiple Telly Awards. He previously was a producer for Bloomberg Politics, where he created segments for “With All Due Respect” and reported on the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. His work helped his team win the 2017 Shorty Award For Best Live Coverage. As a digital reporter at CBS News, he covered issues ranging from scientific breakthroughs to foreign policy and as a multimedia reporter for Politico, covered the 2012 presidential campaign.
He is researching ways to create better video recaps of the most important and relevant news of the day in the U.S. and will develop a related production and training process for others to use.
- Personal website (Vimeo)
Todd Wallack is a data journalist and investigative reporter for The Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team. Together with colleagues at the Globe, he has been a Pulitzer Prize finalist four times and was a member of the team that won the 2014 breaking news Pulitzer for coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings. He has covered a wide range of topics including secret criminal court hearings in Massachusetts, allegations of sexual abuse at private schools, overcrowded off-campus student housing, and racism in Boston. Wallack also won national awards from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Society of Professional Journalism for his work on public records. Prior to joining the Globe in 2007, he worked as a writer at the San Francisco Chronicle, the Boston Herald, and the Dayton Daily News.
A Nieman-Berkman Klein Fellow in Journalism Innovation, he is studying how newsrooms can better act as watchdogs as companies and government agencies increasingly employ obscure algorithms and artificial intelligence to make decisions.
Tennessee Watson is an education reporter for Wyoming Public Radio, where she also covers sexual violence, efforts to reduce violence and criminal justice. She previously was an independent documentary radio producer and a media educator. Her work has aired on NPR, “Reveal,” “The Heart,” “Latino USA,” “Here &Now” and “APM Reports.” Her honors include a National Edward R. Murrow Award, two regional Murrow awards and a 2016 Peabody Award nomination. In 2015, she was an International Women’s Media Foundation Fund for Women Journalists grantee.
As an Abrams Nieman Fellow for Local Investigative Journalism, she is studying how journalists can best cover the challenges young people face beyond moments of crisis—such as school shootings and teen suicides—in order to produce more nuanced reporting. For her fieldwork, she will explore the broken juvenile justice system in Wyoming, one of just three states that opts out of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.