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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (May 22, 2001) — Thirteen U.S. journalists and 12 international journalists were appointed Monday to the 64th class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University.

Established in 1938, the Nieman program is the oldest mid-career fellowship for journalism 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 U.S. and international journalists have studied at Harvard as Nieman Fellows.

The new U.S. fellows, and their areas of interest, are:

GENEIVE ABDO, former Tehran correspondent for The Guardian: Comparative religion and the global religious revival with an emphasis on Persian and Islamic studies.

ROBERTA BASKIN, senior producer/investigations, ABC News “20/20”: The impact of globalization on the increasing complexity of the marketplace, particularly as it relates to trade issues and public health.

MATTHEW BRELIS, business reporter, The Boston Globe: The role of multinational corporations and non-governmental organizations in world affairs and their place in the global economy.

JEFFREY FLEISHMAN, foreign correspondent based in Rome, The Philadelphia Inquirer: The historical aspects of American culture and its impact on other nations — particularly emerging democracies and developing countries.

MARY CLAUDE FOSTER, producer for ABC News “Nightline”: The impact of race on the American experience with a focus on African-American, Hispanic and Asian-American experiences in the United States.

DAVID J. LYNCH, chief of European correspondents for USA Today: Economic and cultural development of Asia and U.S. policies related to Asia, particularly the shaping of U.S. policy toward China.

MICHEL MARRIOTT, technology reporter for The New York Times: How technology transforms the human condition and imagination — focusing on the dynamic relationship between modern culture and technological advances.

MICHELE McLELLAN, special projects editor for The Oregonian in Portland: Ethics, particularly in the news media, and their social context and practice, through philosophy, public policy, history and scientific research.

MATTHEW SCHOFIELD, senior writer at The Kansas City Star: Life and society in sub-Saharan Africa with an emphasis on government, politics and health issues.

BARBARA A. SERRANO, political editor for The Seattle Times: The role of state and federal courts on political life in the United States by examining the relationship between politics and legislators, and the courts and judges.

LISA STONE, editor-in-chief, channel programming at New ways of fulfilling the editorial potential of new media technologies, particularly as they relate to women and their evolving social, political and economic roles.

TIM SULLIVAN, West Africa bureau chief for the Associated Press: Colonialism and its roots in Africa and Asia along with its impact on current political and social affairs.

JAMES TRENGROVE, senior producer of the Capitol Hill Unit at The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer: Threats to the economic and cultural future of the United States’ Midwestern farmbelt — the states that make up the nation’s “backbone.”

The U.S. journalists were selected by a committee which included Mark Carter, vice president for strategic partnerships, television and broadband for and a Nieman Fellow ’95; Joseph Kalt, professor of international political economy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard; Richard J. Parker, adjunct lecturer in public policy at Harvard’s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy; Sandra Mims Rowe, editor of The Oregonian; and Bob Giles, committee chair and Nieman Foundation Curator.

The new international fellows, and their areas of interest, are:

WAZIRI ADIO, Lagos, Nigeria, editorial board member of This Day newspaper: The nexus between the press, politics and sustainable development

OWAIS ASLAM ALI, Karachi, Pakistan, chairman of Pakistan Press International: Influences of international development in Pakistan and the region along with human rights, international security and the development of democratic institutions. Chiba-Nieman Fellow; funding provided by the Atsuko Chiba Foundation.

DEJAN ANASTASIJEVIC, Belgrade, Yugoslavia, senior journalist, VREME weekly: Military structures in contemporary ethnic conflicts and the issues of democratic consolidation.

KAVI CHONGKITTAVORN, Bangkok, Thailand, managing editor, The Nation: Humanitarian laws and the development of East Asia since the end of the Cold War. Partial funding provided by The Asia Foundation.

YUAN FENG, Beijing, China, assistant to chief editor, China Women’s News: Gender and women’s issues as China makes the transition into a market-oriented society.

DAVID B. GREEN, Jerusalem, Israel, senior editor/writer, The Jerusalem Report: Israel and the Crusades — how the medieval wars have had an impact on the Arab-Israeli conflict today.

RAMI KHOURI, Amman, Jordan, syndicated columnist and freelance TV and radio host: The links between religion, identity, national history and governance systems and how identity and values enter those governance systems.

AGNES NINDORERA, Bujumbura, Burundi, producer at Studio Ijambo: The evolution, since the end of the Cold War, of social economy, international law and human rights in Africa.

PAULE ROBITAILLE, Mexico City, Mexico, Latin America bureau chief, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation: The causes of civil wars and revolutions and the consequences of civil conflict, the effectiveness of conflict management and humanitarian intervention and the evolution of democracy. Martin Wise Goodman Canadian Nieman Fellow; funding provided by the Goodman Trust in Canada and the Goodman Fund in the United States.

GERALDO SAMOR, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, correspondent, Thomson International/International Financing Review: The economics of international financial markets and impacts on local economies and development.

GIANNINA SEGNINI, San Jose, Costa Rica, investigative unit coordinator, La Nacion: Financial markets and information technology and their impact on economic and human rights. Knight Latin American Fellow; funding provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

JABULANI SIKHAKHANE, Rosebank, South Africa, editor-at-large, Financial Mail: The impact of South Africa’s re-entry into global markets since democratic elections in 1994 and the effects of competition and changing regulations on local businesses and economic growth. Funding provided by The United States-South Africa Leadership Development Program.

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