Itai Anghel

Itai Anghel

Correspondent and Documentary Filmmaker, Israeli TV, Channel 2

Study Plan: Tribalism and the politics of fear in the Middle East following the Arab revolutions

Itai Anghel is a correspondent and documentary filmmaker for UVDA, a weekly investigative current affairs and documentary program on Israeli TV, Channel 2, where he also worked as a senior foreign affairs correspondent. Previously, he was a correspondent and chief editor of foreign affairs at Galatz (GLZ) Radio Station. He has covered numerous conflicts in the Balkans, Africa and the Middle East where he reported on ISIS and the breakup of the region. His reporting on Congo’s civil war led Anghel to start a humanitarian organization aiding rape victims in that country. He received the Sokolov Award, the highest award for outstanding journalism in Israel, in 2017, and he is a five-time recipient of the “Best TV Documentary in Israel” award from the Israeli Forum of Documentary Filmmakers. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from Tel Aviv University.
@itaianghel
Michelle Bloom

Michelle Bloom

Senior Designer, Politico

Study Plan: Visual storytelling through social media

Michelle Jolan Bloom is a senior designer at Politico. Before joining Politico she was a production editor at National Journal Daily, designer at the Washington Examiner, and paginator and copy editor at The Herald-Palladium (Southwest Michigan). She has been working to recreate Politico's visual storytelling and social media strategy, using social tools including Instagram stories to expand its audience. She supports the Ohio University Semester in Washington program, hosting students in the newsroom and helping them adjust to life in D.C., and serves as the social media editor for the Mount Vernon Amateur Radio Club in Alexandria, Virginia. A graduate of Ohio University’s Magazine Journalism program, Bloom received two Awards for Excellence from the Society for News Design in the magazine category in 2017.
@mjolanbloom
Seungjin Choi

Seungjin Choi

Reporter, Maeil Business Newspaper (Seoul, South Korea)

Study Plan: Reshaping strategies for digital news distribution

Seungjin Choi has been a reporter at the Maeil Business Newspaper in Seoul, South Korea since 2006. He has covered public officials' pension reform and labor market reform as a correspondent and has worked on special projects related to Korean financial competitiveness, as well as projects on agriculture and security. In recent years, he has worked on interactive storytelling, including an early effort on South Korea's Olympic women's curling team heading to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Choi has won several awards for his work, and holds a bachelor of economics degree from Sung Kyun Kwan University in Seoul.
@Szinc
Arnessa Garrett

Arnessa Garrett

Assistant Business Editor, The Dallas Morning News

Study Plan: Rebuilding trust with local audiences through digital strategy and engagement

Arnessa M. Garrett is an assistant business editor for technology, health care and retail coverage at The Dallas Morning News. She began her career at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans before becoming a copy editor for The Boston Globe in 1993. After a stint as a freelance writer and editor in New York, she returned to her hometown paper, The Daily Advertiser in Lafayette, working as assistant metro editor, business editor and senior editor before moving to The Dallas Morning News. While in Louisiana, she helped oversee coverage of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and edited “The Days After,” a year-long look into domestic violence prosecutions in Lafayette that won the 2006 Dart Award for Coverage of Victims of Violence. In Dallas, she edited the series “How the Texas Testing Bubble Popped,” which won the 2014 Education Writers Association award for national reporting. Garrett holds a bachelor of arts in history from Tulane University and studied economics at the Paris Institute of Political Studies in France.
@agarre
Sharilyn Hufford

Sharilyn Hufford

Deputy Editor, Platforms, The New York Times

Study Plan: Creating high-impact news products and best practices for workflow

Sharilyn Hufford is deputy editor of platforms for The New York Times where she helps lead a team that develops and implements technology to support news publishing across digital and print platforms. She works with partners in the newsroom, technology and product to translate journalists’ needs into tools that help produce the news report. Previously, she was an assistant metro editor at the Detroit Free Press and a designer for the front page and special projects at The Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. She started her career at the Savannah Morning News in Georgia, where she held several roles ranging from copy editor to webmaster to planning editor. Hufford is involved in mentoring programs and an employee resource group for women in technology. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.
Anders Kelto

Anders Kelto

Creator and Senior Producer, “GameBreaker with Keith Olbermann,” Audible

Study Plan: The connection between sports and social movements

Anders Kelto is the creator and senior producer of “GameBreaker with Keith Olbermann,” an audio sports documentary series featuring stories at the intersection of sports and society. Previously he worked as a correspondent for NPR, Africa correspondent for PRI's “The World” and managing editor for Glimpse, a magazine and website supported by the National Geographic Society. Kelto won a 2014 Peabody Award for his coverage of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. He produced a year-long multimedia series about students at a high-achieving, low-income high school in Cape Town, South Africa for PRI’s “The World.” Kelto is a moderator for Michael Moore's Traverse City Film Festival each year, where he interviews documentary film directors on stage for festival audiences. Kelto holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University and a master’s degree in bioethics, humanities and science from Michigan State University.
@anderskelto
Fredrik Laurin

Fredrik Laurin

Special Projects Editor for Current Affairs, SVT (Swedish Television)

Study Plan: Exploring and developing tools to protect news content from digital manipulation

Fredrik Laurin is editor of special projects for SVT’s Current Affairs program. Before this he was editor of the investigative department for Swedish Radio, a reporter for SVT and investigative reporter for National TV 4. Laurin’s investigations exposed tax havens and tax evasion by the global corporate elite and corruption in the Swedish government and abroad. One such investigation exposed how purportedly alliance-free Sweden secretly cooperates with U.S. authorities in eavesdropping, intelligence gathering, extraordinary rendition and torture in the war on terror. He has received the Stora Journalistpriset, the Swedish equivalent to the Pulitzer Prize, and Guldspaden, the Swedish Investigative Reporters and Editors award. He has received several other awards for his work, including the Pulitzer Prize for his collaborative efforts on the Panama Papers with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. Laurin graduated from the Gothenburg School of Journalism and studied political science at Gothenburg University.
@fredriklaurin
Catherine Mackie

Catherine Mackie

Digital Video Lead, BBC News Online

Study Plan: The impact of class on news consumption and reconnecting with audiences

Catherine Mackie is the digital video team leader in the West Midlands, England for BBC News Online. Formerly, she was a radio news editor, political reporter and regional TV news reporter and anchor, all for the BBC. She worked on a pilot project to develop digital video for BBC England online and also created and delivered the first England-wide BBC training program for online digital video storytelling. She has a bachelor of arts degree in history and English from the University of Keele in Staffordshire.
@cathtm
Seema Mehta

Seema Mehta

Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

Study Plan: How automation will impact the economy and the 2020 presidential election

Seema Mehta is a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, where she covered the 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections, as well as numerous congressional, state and local elections. She has also covered K-12 education, the environment, city and county government. Mehta contributed to the Times’ coverage of devastating wildfires that won the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting, and later, as an education reporter, won awards for a series about school leaders inaccurately reporting class sizes to qualify for funding set aside for poor students. After Mehta began covering politics, she was named one of the top state political reporters in the nation by The Washington Post. Mehta earned a bachelor's degree in newspaper journalism and policy studies from Syracuse University in 1998, and returned to the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse as an alumna-in-residence in the spring of 2018.
@LATSeema
Aaron Nelsen

Aaron Nelsen

Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief, San Antonio Express-News

Study Plan: The effect of militarization on communities along the U.S.-Mexico border

Aaron Nelsen is the Rio Grande Valley Bureau Chief for the San Antonio Express-News. Previously, he was a Time correspondent and New York Times contributor in Chile. He also worked for Reuters covering the Chilean stock exchange and currency market. Prior to that he was the business editor and education reporter for the Brownsville Herald in Texas and a general assignment reporter for the Temple Daily Telegram in Texas. In the past year, he documented a small group of community activists in the Rio Grande Valley as they worked to save a wildlife preserve from the path of President Trump's border wall. Nelsen also has covered stories on education, government, the environment and immigration. In addition to several other honors, Nelsen has twice received Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting grants. He holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Colorado State University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.
@amnelsen
Daigo Oliva

Daigo Oliva

Deputy Photo Editor, Folha de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)

Study Plan: New ways to publish image-driven narratives

Daigo Oliva is a deputy photo and video editor at Folha de São Paulo. Previously, he served as deputy editor of the culture desk, and managed Folha's correspondents in New York, Washington D.C., Madrid and Buenos Aires. Since 2012, he has been writing about contemporary photography, focusing on photobook design, printing and sequencing. He started his career as a photojournalist for G1, a news website owned by Globo, the largest media organization in Brazil. Oliva has received several awards for his work, including the King of Spain prize, for journalists from Spain and Latin America, and an Award of Excellence in the 39th edition of the Society for News Design. He studied history at São Paulo State University.
@daigooliva
Ben Penn

Ben Penn

Labor and Employment Reporter, Bloomberg Law

Study Plan: The impermanent “future of work”

Ben Penn is a labor and employment reporter for Bloomberg Law. Previously, he was an associate editor at DecisionHealth, where he reported on Medicare policy, and a reporter at Youth Today, covering the high school dropout crisis and corruption at for-profit colleges. Penn reports on the policies, regulations and laws affecting the workplace, with an emphasis on workers’ pay. His coverage of the U.S. Department of Labor produced the first available measurement of pervasive wage violations in the fast-food industry, among other alarming developments. He co-authors “Punching In,” a weekly column offering commentary on how labor issues play out in the nation’s capital. A member of the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Penn supports fellow journalists by mentoring young and veteran colleagues in his newsroom. He holds a bachelor of arts in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park.
@BenjaminPenn
Rachel Rohr

Rachel Rohr

Managing Editor and Managing Producer, The GroundTruth Project and GroundTruth podcast

Study Plan: New approaches to news and media literacy for teens and young adults

Rachel Rohr is managing editor at The GroundTruth Project, a nonprofit news organization based at WGBH in Boston, and managing producer of the GroundTruth podcast. Previously, she was the digital and social media producer for the NPR news program “Here & Now.” In 2014, she received a fellowship from WBUR's iLab to produce a cross-country podcast and multimedia project focused on young voters and the midterm elections. Before that, Rohr was a news writer and audio producer at WBUR. She also worked as a staff reporter at the Vineyard Gazette on Martha’s Vineyard. Her work has received five regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. Her work has also been recognized by the Webby Awards and the Awards for Excellence in Health Care Journalism. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from New York University and is an alumna of the 2016 ONA-Poynter Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Media.
@LionTalk
Stephen Ssenkaaba

Stephen Ssenkaaba

Contributing Editor and Senior Features Writer, The New Vision Printing and Publishing Company (Kampala, Uganda)

Study Plan: Inclusive online news strategies for emerging news markets

Stephen Ssenkaaba is a contributing editor and senior features writer for The New Vision Printing and Publishing Company in Kampala, Uganda. Before this, he was a junior features writer for the company. He initiated digital storytelling on the features desk at New Vision, and recently has been reporting for the newly founded New Vision TV – an online television platform. He produced a series on the state of hygiene and sanitation in Ugandan towns, and a series on the failure of inclusive education for children with disabilities in Uganda. His mobile video story from this series was selected among the best ten mobile videos in the Thomson Foundation RTÉ Mobile Journalism Conference in Galway, Ireland. He also has won numerous Uganda National Journalism awards, and several other awards. He holds a diploma in journalism with distinction from the Uganda Management Institute, a bachelor’s degree in political science and sociology from Kampala Makerere University, both in Kampala. He also holds a master’s degree in international journalism, with distinction, from the University of Leeds in England.
@ssenkaabasteve
Jawad Sukhanyar

Jawad Sukhanyar

Reporter, The New York Times (Kabul, Afghanistan)

Study Plan: Afghan women’s issues in the global context

Jawad Sukhanyar is a reporter for The New York Times in Afghanistan. He joined the Times in 2011 and is now the longest serving reporter in the paper’s Kabul bureau. Sukhanyar covers human rights and women’s issues and also covered the 2014 disputed Afghan presidential election. He worked as a researcher on a book about a couple who escaped an Afghan honor killing for the author Rod Nordland. Until 2011, he was a freelance reporter and researcher for various foreign news organizations. He also served as interpreter and researcher on a biography of former Afghan president Hamid Karzai for the author Bette Dam. In August 2015, Sukhanyar was a Senior Journalists Seminar fellow at the University of Hawaii. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Goa University, and a master’s degree in political science from Indira Gandhi National Open University, both in India.
@JawadSukhanyar
Luis Trelles

Luis Trelles

Producer, Radio Ambulante

Study Plan: The politics of reconstruction in U.S. territories devastated by natural disasters

Luis Trelles is a producer for Radio Ambulante, a podcast distributed by NPR which tells the stories of Latin America and Latino communities in the United States. His work has appeared on WNYC's “Radiolab,” and NPR's “Planet Money” and “All Things Considered.” Trelles has reported on Cuban immigration, the ethnic tensions between Haitians and Dominicans in the Dominican Republic, and the causes for Puerto Rico’s debt crisis. Last year he covered the emergency efforts in the U.S. commonwealth after Hurricane Maria. Trelles also teaches at the journalism school of the City University of New York, where he mentors emerging Latino journalists through its bilingual program. He has received various journalism and radio awards in his native Puerto Rico, and was a senior fellow at the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University. Trelles has a degree in philosophy from the University of Puerto Rico and a master of fine arts in filmmaking from the Columbia University School of the Arts.
@cu_bata
Neda Ulaby

Neda Ulaby

Arts and Culture Correspondent, National Public Radio

Study Plan: A cultural history of the veil in world religions

Neda Ulaby is an arts and culture correspondent for National Public Radio. She has reported and produced a wide range of news and feature stories from school shootings to disaster relief to election coverage. Ulaby has profiled an eclectic mix of entertainers including Mark Ruffalo, Courtney Love and Steve Harvey. She hosted the Emmy award winning public television series "Arab American Stories" presented by WTVS Detroit Public Television. Ulaby won a 2010 Gracie Award for her work on the NPR podcast "Culturetopia" and twice received the University of Southern California Annenberg/Getty Arts Journalism Fellowship. She has a bachelor's degree from Bryn Mawr College and a master's degree from the University of Chicago.
@ulabeast
AJ Vicens

AJ Vicens

Staff Reporter, Mother Jones

Study Plan: How artificial intelligence, cybersecurity and data shape modern society

AJ Vicens is a staff reporter for Mother Jones. Prior to this he was an online contributor to 5280 Magazine, general manager for WKRPradio.com and a county reporter for Landmark Community Newspapers and Evergreen Newspapers, both in Colorado. Vicens has covered a range of topics, including education, crime and courts, police violence, voting rights, the military, national security, cybersecurity, Puerto Rico and UFOs. In 2017, he was a member of the staff of Mother Jones that received the Magazine of the Year award from the American Society of Magazine Editors. For the past several years, he has taught a hands-on “Command Line Tools for Journalists” class at both the Investigative Reporters and Editors and the National Institute of Computer Assisted Reporting conferences. Vicens holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a master’s degree in mass communication from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.
@AJVicens