Dayo Aiyetan

Dayo Aiyetan

Executive Director, International Center for Investigative Reporting (Abuja, Nigeria)

Study Plan: Advancing best practices for whistle blowing platforms to support investigative reporting in Nigeria

Dayo Aiyetan is an investigative reporter and the founder and executive director of the International Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit news agency in Abuja, Nigeria. In this role, he has trained more than 100 reporters, aiming to promote a culture of data-driven accountability journalism in Nigeria. In 2009, Aiyetan was a U.S. State Department International Visitors Leadership fellow, and in 2010-11, a National Endowment for Democracy Reagan-Fascell Democracy fellow. As a journalist and media trainer, his interests lie in digital safety and encrypted communication. Aiyetan holds a bachelor’s degree in English language and theater arts from the University of Ibadan in Nigeria.

Alberto Arce

Independent Writer and Reporter (Mexico City, Mexico)

Study Plan: Understanding Central America as the world’s deadliest peacetime region

Alberto Arce is an independent writer and reporter based in Mexico City. He was a staff editor for The New York Times en Español and worked as a correspondent for The Associated Press in Mexico and Central America. As a writer and cameraman, Arce has covered conflicts in Iraq, Iran, Afghanistan, Libya, Lebanon, Venezuela, Bolivia, Argentina and Gaza. Influenced by his experiences in war-torn countries, Arce is interested in the plight of Syrian and Central American refugees living in the United States and Europe. His awards include an Investigative Reporters and Editors Tom Renner Award, an American Society of Newspaper Editors Batten Medal, an Overseas Press Club Award and a Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi Award. Arce holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Universidade Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, Spain and a master’s degree in international economic relations from Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales in Buenos Aires.

Regina H. Boone

Staff Photographer, Richmond Free Press (Richmond, Va.)

Study Plan: Family, legacy and the viability of black newspapers

Regina H. Boone is a photojournalist for the Richmond Free Press, a weekly newspaper founded by her late father and owned by her family. Previously, she was a staff photographer for the Detroit Free Press, where she covered a wide range of local, regional and national stories including the Flint water crisis, Rosa Parks’ funeral, and President Barack Obama’s initial journey to the White House. Additionally, she collaborated on special projects including the Emmy Award winning “Boys of Christ Child House,” a three-year look inside the Detroit residential treatment center for abused and neglected children. Boone is passionate about mentoring young people in photography. She holds a degree in political science from Spelman College and completed coursework in Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication master’s program.

Candice Choi

Food Industry Writer, Associated Press (New York, N.Y.)

Study Plan: Uncovering the social and corporate forces that shape our eating habits

Candice Choi is a business reporter for The Associated Press in New York City. She has covered major U.S. food and beverage companies for five years, most recently focusing on how food companies influence attitudes about healthy eating. Her investigations have shown how candy makers help shape nutrition science and how Coca-Cola worked behind the scenes to help shape a nonprofit dedicated to fighting obesity. Choi also is interested in how legacy newsrooms can transform their storytelling techniques to ensure their reporting remains engaging across all formats. Before joining the business news department, she worked in the AP's Albany, N.Y. bureau, and at daily newspapers in California. She is a graduate of Rutgers University, where she majored in English and minored in political science.

Chitrangada Choudhury

Independent Journalist (Orissa, India)

Study Plan: Local rights and the role of informed consent in ecological justice and sustainability

Chitrangada Choudhury is an independent multimedia journalist, based in the eastern Indian state of Orissa. Previously, she worked at The Indian Express and The Hindustan Times, two leading Indian national dailies, and the Guardian US. Choudhury has written for Columbia Journalism Review, Himal Southasian, The Caravan, Economic & Political Weekly, The Hindu and Mint. Her coverage of India has probed power and marginality in a country in flux. She has received multiple national and international reporting awards including the Sanksriti Award and the Lorenzo Natali Journalism Prize. As a 2014-15 fellow with the Open Society Foundations, she chronicled the impact of resource conflicts on the lives of indigenous and rural communities in India’s forested mineral belt. She is interested in developing public-interest journalism initiatives for disenfranchised readers. Choudhury has an undergraduate degree in history from St.Stephen’s College, Delhi University.
Danielle Dreilinger

Danielle Dreilinger

Reporter, Times Picayune (New Orleans, La.)

Study Plan: Race, class, gender and the present relevance of home economics class

Danielle Dreilinger has covered New Orleans education for Times-Picayune since 2012, focusing on the complexities of regulations in the school system. She was previously based in Boston where she produced the local news website for the public broadcaster WGBH and wrote for The Boston Globe. She began her career covering the arts for several print publications as well as for Boston NPR affiliate WBUR, where she was part of the team that won the station’s first Online Journalism Award. In 2016, Dreilinger received an Education Writers Association fellowship to follow post-Katrina New Orleans public school graduates into college. She holds a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, from Columbia University in English and psychology.

Jennifer Guerra

Senior Reporter, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor, Mich.)

Study Plan: The role and responsibility of public media in fostering civil discourse

Jennifer Guerra is a senior reporter at Michigan Radio, an NPR affiliate in Ann Arbor, where she has spent the past five years working on “State of Opportunity,” an in-depth reporting project focused on the experiences and development of young people from low-income families. She spends her days in classrooms and neighborhoods in and around Detroit, covering poverty and education and what it takes to help kids succeed. Guerra previously covered arts and culture for the station and worked as a producer for WFUV, a public media station in the Bronx. Her radio features and documentaries have been honored with a number of regional and national awards, including a National Edward R. Murrow Award. Her stories have aired on NPR’s “Morning Edition,” “All Things Considered,” “Marketplace” and WNYC’s “Studio 360.” She has a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in communications and media studies from Fordham University.

Matthew Higgins

Independent Sports Writer (Amherst, N.Y.)

Study Plan: Examining the interplay between soccer, status and identity among young refugees

Matt Higgins is a Buffalo-based freelance journalist specializing in sports and adventure. He is a contributor to Outside and The New York Times, where his subjects have ranged from surf gangs in Hawaii to a transgender pro hockey player. Higgins has reported from four continents. As an action sports correspondent for he wrote about guerilla marketing at the Olympics, the classification of marijuana as a performance-enhancing drug and government funding for skateboarding in China. Higgins is the author of several nonfiction books about sports, including “Bird Dream: Adventures at the Extremes of Human Flight,” about the worldwide race to jump out of an aircraft and land without using a parachute. He holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Buffalo State College.

Mark Magnier

China Economics Editor, The Wall Street Journal (Beijing, China)

Study Plan: Anti-globalization and what it means for China’s expanding soft power

Mark Magnier is the Beijing-based China economics editor for The Wall Street Journal, where he oversees coverage of the world’s second-largest economy and its seismic impact on Chinese society and the rest of the world. Before joining the Journal, he worked at the Los Angeles Times: as New Delhi bureau chief, where he covered the Mumbai attack; as Beijing bureau chief, where he covered the Beijing Olympics and Sichuan earthquake; and as Tokyo bureau chief, where he covered the economic slide, 2011 tsunami and the Fukushima nuclear disaster. Along the way, he’s camped with goats under Saddam Hussein’s bridges; covered suicide attacks and budding film industries in Pakistan and Afghanistan; and suffered through bad karaoke in North Korea. He holds a bachelor’s degree, cum laude, from Columbia College and a master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

Marcelo Moreira

Chief of Special Projects, Globo TV (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)

Study Plan: New approaches to ending violence against journalists

Marcelo Moreira is Chief of Special Projects at Globo TV in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He started his career in journalism as a newspaper reporter in major newspapers in Brazil, where he did investigative stories highlighting corruption and violence in Rio de Janeiro. Since 1999, he has held several different leadership positions at TV Globo, the largest media organization in Brazil, including: executive producer, chief reporter and editor-in-chief. In 2011, he was a member of the team to get the first Emmy for a Brazilian news channel for “War on Drugs.” Moreira was one of the founders and president of Abraji, the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism, and has been an active member of the International News Safety Institute and other boards that promote freedom of expression and human rights for 15 years. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Universidade Gama Filho in Rio de Janeiro.

Sang-hun Oh

Senior Reporter, The Korea Economic Daily (Seoul, South Korea)

Study Plan: Pension funds and university funds: investments trends in the U.S.

Sang-hun Oh is a senior reporter for The Korea Economic Daily, where he covers the Korean financial sector. In his 17-year journalism career, he has worked both as a reporter and columnist, covering a range of topics from government to industry. From 2004 to 2012, his reporting focused on Korea’s multinational companies including Samsung, LG and Hyundai Motors. Oh is a graduate of Seoul National University and earned an executive master’s degree in business administration from Aalto University in Helsinki, Finland.

Lois Parshley

Independent Writer and Photographer (Portland, Ore.)

Study Plan: Emerging diseases and new approaches to long-form science journalism

Lois Parshley is a freelance journalist and photographer who writes about the outdoors, science and politics. Parshley has reported from all seven continents, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Harper’s, National Geographic, VQR, Wired, Bloomberg Businessweek, Outside, Popular Science, Foreign Policy, and on NPR and WNYC. Most recently, Parshley has focused on the health effects global communities face because of climate change. She is passionate about research and reporting on disease emergence and global health, and she aspires to demonstrate that there is a market for smart, creative science journalism. Parshley is a graduate of Middlebury College with bachelor’s degree in political science.

Azi Paybarah

Senior Reporter, Politico (New York, N.Y.)

Study Plan: Reaching beyond natural audiences: Rebuilding media credibility through technology

Azi Paybarah is a senior reporter at Politico New York, covering City Hall, politics, crime and the New York Police Department. He is the co-author of “Politico New York Playbook.” A frequent guest on MSNBC, he has written for Capital New York, WNYC, The New York Observer, The New York Sun and the New York Press. In 2009, Paybarah was named one of City & State’s “40 under 40” for becoming an influential force in New York City politics as a young journalist. In 2013, The Washington Post named him one of the best state-based political reporters in New York. Paybarah is fascinated by the effort to counteract fake news and its spread in social media. A cum laude graduate of the State University of New York at Albany, he holds a bachelor’s degree in English.

John Pendygraft

Senior Photographer, Tampa Bay Times (Tampa Bay, Fla.)

Study Plan: Elevating investigative journalism projects through techniques of anthropology and feature length filmmaking

John Pendygraft is a senior staff photographer at the Tampa Bay Times. He is interested in bringing quantitative survey skills into the newsroom to better measure the social impact of stories, and in exploring partnerships between legacy print organizations and feature film companies. Pendygraft has received national awards for feature writing, video and still photography from the American Society of News Editors, Society of Professional Journalists, Scripps Howard, National Headliner Awards and Pictures of the Year International. His photography revealing escalating violence and neglect in Florida mental hospitals was included in the winning entry for the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. He holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Texas at Austin.

John Shields

Commissioning Editor, “Today” at BBC Radio 4 (London, England)

Study Plan: Addressing and mitigating the loss of public trust in broadcast media

John Shields runs the planning desk for the U.K.’s main morning radio news show, “Today” on BBC Radio 4. A foreign affairs specialist, his work has taken him from Shanghai to Silicon Valley. Shields previously had assignments in the BBC’s Washington and Jerusalem bureaus, and has worked on co-productions with American Public Media’s “Marketplace.” He won Radio Academy Awards in 2010 and 2016. Shields has a bachelor’s degree in modern history and languages from the University of Oxford and a master’s degree in development studies from the London School of Economics.

Amy Toensing

Independent Photojournalist (New Paltz, N.Y.)

Study Plan: New ways to teach and tell stories of women through photos and documentaries

Amy Toensing is a photojournalist who has contributed to National Geographic magazine for more than a decade and recently completed her fifteenth feature story for the publication. She is known for her intimate essays about the lives of ordinary people and has covered cultures around the world, including the last cave-dwelling tribe of Papua New Guinea, the Maori of New Zealand and the Kingdom of Tonga. She also has reported on issues such as the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and Muslim women living in Western culture. Her recent work illuminating the plight of widows worldwide, a project for National Geographic in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, was selected for the 2017 Visa Pour L’image, the International Festival of Photojournalism held in Perpignan, France. She attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, and College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, Maine and has a bachelor’s degree in human ecology. She has a master’s degree in visual communication from Ohio University.

Mariana Versolato

Science and Health Editor, Folha de São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)

Study Plan: New models to organize and present science and health news

Mariana Versolato is the deputy editor of the Science, Health and Environment sections at Folha de São Paulo. She is interested in tropical diseases, public health care systems, astronomy and how to communicate with audiences in the digital era. Versolato, who started her journalism career in the training program at Folha, was the editor of a multimedia project examining the Zika virus, its origins, newborn victims and the international effort to combat the disease. Her prior positions at Folha include reporter and assistant editor. She has a degree in journalism from São Paulo State University.

Lisa Wangsness

Religion Reporter, The Boston Globe (Boston, Mass.)

Study Plan: Emergent cultural and political issues in American Muslim communities

Lisa Wangsness covers religion for The Boston Globe. She has traveled to Haiti, Ireland, and Italy to write about the Catholic Church, including the election of Pope Francis. Her aim is to develop a deeper, sharper understanding of Islam, as she believes the current political climate -- rising extremism, Islamophobia, ignorance about Islamic cultures and beliefs, and the expanding U.S. Muslim population – demands more informed coverage. She was a member of the Globe team that won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting for its coverage of the Boston Marathon bombing, and she covered the 2008 presidential race and the creation of the Affordable Care Act as a political reporter in the Globe’s Washington, D.C. bureau. Wangsness previously wrote for the Concord (N.H.) Monitor and the Martha’s Vineyard Times. She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Yale University.
Robert Yoon

Robert Yoon

Director of Political Research, CNN (Washington, D.C.)

Study Plan: Revamping how news organizations collect and disseminate election results and data

Robert Yoon is CNN’s Director of Political Research. He has covered five presidential campaign cycles and helped prepare eight different moderators for 30 presidential debates. A political journalist specializing in elections, debates, campaign finance, voting procedures, and the presidential nomination process, his contributions to CNN's election coverage have earned him two Emmy Awards, a Peabody Award, and a National Headliner Award. He also received a National Headliner Award for his work on CNN's investigation of the 9/11 terror plot. As a contributing reporter and analyst for Inside Elections (formerly the Rothenberg Political Report), he provides non-partisan analysis of national and state politics. Yoon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.