Nieman News

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 4, 1999) — Twelve American journalists have been appointed to the 62nd class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University. They will be joined by approximately twelve international journalists to be named later this month.

Established in 1938, the Nieman program is the oldest mid-career fellowship program for journalists in the world. The fellowships are awarded to working journalists of particular accomplishment and promise for an academic year of study in any part of the University. More than 1,000 American and international journalists have studied at Harvard as Nieman Fellows. The new fellows and their areas of interest are:

CAROL EISENBERG, health policy reporter, Newsday, Long Island; the market transformation of American health care and its effects.

BILL KRUEGER, investigative reporter, The News & Observer, Raleigh; economic, medical and social issues of aging.

MARY KAY MAGISTAD, China correspondent, National Public Radio; how societies devastated by violent conflict heal and rebuild.

PATRICK J. MCDONNELL, staff writer, Los Angeles Times; history, economics and social aspects of immigration and assimilation.

DAVID MOLPUS, workplace correspondent, based in Chapel Hill, National Public Radio; contemporary workplace issues. Funding is provided by the Stark Fellowship Fund in honor of Louis Stark, a pioneer in the field of labor reporting.

JIM MORRILL, chief political writer, The Charlotte Observer; politics and history of race and ethnicity.

LORI OLSZEWSKI, education writer, San Francisco Chronicle; African, Mexican and Asian history and culture, and child development. Funding provided by The Spencer Foundation.

DEBORAH SCHOCH, staff writer, environment, Orange County edition, Los Angeles Times; conservation biology, environmental economics, urban planning and public policy. Funding for the environmental fellowship is provided by the V. Kann Rasmussen Foundation.

STEPHEN SMITH, health writer, The Miami Herald; economic, political, historical and philosophical issues of health care.

THRITY UMRIGAR, feature writer, Akron Beacon Journal; identity and community; race, ethnicity, gender and class.

MICHAEL PAUL WILLIAMS, columnist/reporter, Richmond Times-Dispatch; African-American studies.

JERRY ZREMSKI, Washington correspondent, The Buffalo News; how government policy affects the nation’s economy and the older industrial areas.

The selection committee included William Hilliard, editor (retired), The Oregonian, Portland; James Honan, Lecturer on Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education; Angelyn Konugres, Principal Associate in Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School; Bill Kovach, committee chair and Nieman Foundation Curator; and Terry Tang, editorial writer, The New York Times, and Nieman Fellow ’93. Robert Stavins, Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government and chair, Environment and Natural Resources Program, Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, assisted with the selection of the environmental fellow.

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