IWMF Alumni represent all media platforms including, print, broadcast, online and multimedia. These talented news professionals work with the IWMF as Mentors, Fellows, or Grantees. They are based around the world and are united in their pursuit of under-reported stories that are essential in shedding light on global issues. The IWMF is proud to support this community further develop their on-the-ground reporting skills through training, grants, mentoring, and reporting trips.

Zeenat Abdool -- SABC Radio Channel Africa

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Investigative Journalist SABC Radio Channel Africa

Zeenat Abdool is an award-winning journalist at SABC Radio Channel Africa. She currently produces and presents a talk show, African Dialogue, which deals with issues of gender, education, health, politics and environment; as well as a program called @SociallyAfrica, which monitors trending topics on online and social media.

Abdool made her radio debut in 2006 at a community radio station in Lenasia, moving to SABC Channel Africa radio station in 2008. She has covered assignments in Gaza, presidential elections and climate change summits. Abdool qualified as an English teacher from the University of Witwatersrand, then pursued her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Science degree through the University of South Africa. She is currently pursuing her Masters in Journalism through the University of Witwatersrand, and hopes to specialize in investigative reporting.

Jenn Abelson -- Boston Globe

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Business Reporter The Boston Globe

Jenn Abelson is a business reporter for The Boston Globe and covers the retail and financial sectors. Abelson’s most recent investigation revealed widespread fish mislabeling at restaurants across Massachusetts. The series, “Fishy Business,” was co-authored by Globe reporter Beth Daley. It received awards in 2012 from the National Press Club, the Society for Features Journalism, the National Headliner Competition, and the Society of Business Editors and Writers. She was selected as a Spring 2010 Jefferson Fellow by the East-West Center and traveled to Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Jakarta. Abelson joined The Boston Globe in 2001 and graduated from Cornell University.

Kimberly Adams -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Kimberly Adams covers politics and general news for Marketplace from the Washington, D.C. Bureau. Before moving to D.C., Kimberly reported on the political, social and economic upheaval in Egypt following the Arab Spring as a freelance journalist based in Cairo. Her work aired on multiple networks in the U.S., Canada, U.K., Ireland, Germany, Hong Kong and elsewhere. While reporting in Cairo, she received awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Religion Communicators Council, and the Association for Women in Communication. She previously participated in IWMF’s “Great Lakes” Reporting fellowship to Uganda. Prior to freelancing, Kimberly worked as a producer for NPR from the D.C. headquarters, covering politics, arts, culture, and breaking news as a producer for “Weekend Edition” and the Washington Political Unit. In 2011, Kimberly was competitively selected for NPR’s reporter training program, during which she reported for WBUR in Boston.

Abena Agyeman-Fisher -- Face2Face Africa

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Editor-in-Chief Face2Face Africa

Abena Agyeman-Fisher is the editor-in-chief of Face2Face Africa. Previously, she was the senior news editor of Interactive One. She has also worked for AOL as the news programming manager of Black Voices. Agyeman-Fisher has been published in Al Jazeera, the Daily Beast, New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger, the Grio, BlackVoices, West Orange Patch, About.com, the Source, Vibe, Vibe Vixen, Jane, and Upscale Magazines. She covered President Barack Obama’s U.S.-Africa Summit, Young African Leaders Institute event, and the 2013 presidential trip to Senegal, Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Tanzania. Agyeman-Fisher holds a bachelor’s degree in English language and literature from Spelman College.

Huda Ahmed -- McClatchy News Service

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Reporter McClatchy News Service

Huda Ahmed is a reporter in McClatchy’s (formerly Knight Ridder) Baghdad bureau. Born and raised in Iraq, she left the country to escape the harsh sanctions that followed the Gulf War in 1991, working as a translator in the United Arab Emirates, Tunisia and Libya. In 2002 she returned to Iraq for a visit but could not leave because of the impending war. In April 2003 she began working as a journalist, first as a translator and researcher for The Washington Post and then as a translator and reporter for McClatchy News Service.

Ahmed covered the battle in Najaf in 2004 and compiled eyewitness accounts of a bombing in Musayyib. In 2007, Ahmed and her colleagues from McClatchy’s Baghdad bureau were recognized with an IWMF Courage in Journalism Award.

Ahmed was chosen as the 2006/07 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer fellow, making her the second recipient of the annual fellowship.

Kristine L. Alave -- GMA News Network

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Contributing Writer GMA News Network

Kristine L. Alave is a contributing writer for the GMA News Network, a national television network in the Philippines, and also reports for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the Philippines’ largest newspaper. Alave currently covers topics including the environment, agriculture, food security and weather. She also contributes to The Guardian, a U.K.-based publication. Alave has covered trade issues for a daily newspaper, the BusinessWorld, acted as an editorial assistant for the Asia Pacific Migration Journal, and written cultural criticism pieces for PopMatters.

Megan Alpert -- Foreign Policy

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Print Journalist Foreign Policy

Megan Alpert is a fellow at Foreign Policy magazine. She has reported from Ecuador and Washington, D.C., covering stories on indigenous rights, oil development, immigration detention, and displaced people. Her previous bylines have included The Guardian, Guernica Daily, Vice Munchies, and Earth Island Journal. Before beginning her journalism career, she earned an MFA in poetry from the Bennington Writing Seminars. Her poetry has won an Orlando prize and has been published in literary journals on both sides of the Atlantic.

Benedicta Asiimwe -- The EastAfrican

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Special Correspondent The EastAfrican

Benedicta Assimwe is a Kampala, Uganda-based special correspondent for The EastAfrican newspaper. Since joining The EastAfrican – a regional newspaper that publishes in Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda – in 2011, Asiimwe has written about economics, development, environment, agriculture, infrastructure, healthcare, and other social issues. She started her career as a parliamentary reporter with Sunrise newspaper, later working as a political writer with Independent magazine. In 2015, Asiimwe was runner up in the African Story Challenge for business and technology reporting, and was runner up in the CNN Multichoice African Journalist of the Year Awards in 2015. She has a Bachelor of Science in quantitative economics.

Ana Terra Athayde -- Freelance

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Freelance Video Journalist

Ana Terra Athayde

Ana Terra Athayde is a freelance video journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She contributes to outlets such as The Guardian, BBC, Bloomberg, and CNN, covering a variety of subjects. Her work has recently focused on the impact of the Zika virus outbreak, as well as the political and financial crisis, on families all over Brazil. Athayde has reported from Brazil, the United States, Uruguay, and Spain. Before moving to Rio in 2015, Athayde was a staff video journalist for The Guardian in New York. She traveled throughout the United States to produce, film and edit videos on themes such as discrimination, same-sex marriage, politics and human rights. Athayde was a news producer for GloboNews TV, in Rio, from 2009 to 2013. Her work in Brazil won three national awards for a series about judges who were threatened by criminals. Athayde holds a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

Bernardino “Dino” Balabo -- 90.3 FM Radyo Bulacan

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Journalist 90.3 FM Radyo Bulacan

Bernardino “Dino” Balabo had more than 20 years of experience as a journalist. He hosted a one-hour daily program on 90.3 FM Radyo Bulacan, and was also a correspondent for two national daily newspapers, the Philippine Star and Pilipino Star Ngayon. Balabo worked for Mabuhay newspaper, Punto Central Luzon and Central Luzon Business Week, based in the province of Bulacan and Pampanga, respectively. He contributed to several online news publications and worked as a part-time instructor at the Bulacan State University.

He was a recipient of various awards such as the 2005 Regional Biotechnology award, 2006 UNICEF citation for bird flu reporting, 2006 Philippine Press Institute Civic Journalism Fellowship, 2010 Jaime V. Ongpin Journalism Fellowship, and the 2011 Probe Media Foundation’s Kuwentong Katutubo Fellowship.

Balabo passed away in September 2014 from cardiac arrest. He was 45 years old.

Maria Balinska -- Latitude News™

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Founder Latitude News™

Maria Balinska is Latitude News™, an interactive website that aims to push American journalism in a direction that will encourage American audiences to pay attention to communities abroad without a disaster story. She is an award-winning American journalist with over ten years’ experience in senior management at the British Broadcasting Corporation in London. As Editor, World Current Affairs Radio she led the team producing specialist international content designed to complement the daily news agenda and attract new audiences to international affairs. During her tenure as editor, Balinska launched and executive produced nine new programs for the BBC including Crossing Continents, ‘“one of the BBC’s most reliable current affairs programs” (the Guardian) and, most recently, BBC Radio’s weekly magazine show about the United States, Americana.

A graduate of Princeton University, the University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy and a 2010 Nieman Fellow at Harvard, Maria is also the author of The Bagel: the surprising history of a modest bread, a book described by Slate as “lively and well researched” and by the New York Times as “scrumptious”.

Eliza Barclay -- NPR

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Food and Health Journalist NPR

Eliza Barclay is a reporter and producer for NPR, covering food and health on the web and occasionally the air. Before landing on NPR’s science desk, she covered the environment, immigration, economic development, and international politics as a freelance print and multimedia reporter. From 2004 to 2007 she was based in Mexico City as a freelance correspondent. She has also reported from East Africa and East Asia, and was a fellow with the International Reporting Project at Johns Hopkins SAIS in 2007. Barclay has a B.S. from the University of California-Berkeley and an M.A. from Johns Hopkins University in Science Writing.

Jackee Batanda -- Global Press Institute

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Journalist Global Press Institute

Jackee Batanda is a reporter for the Global Press Institute in Uganda. She was chosen as the 2011/12 Elizabeth Neuffer fellow, making her the seventh recipient of the annual fellowship. Batanda holds a master’s degree in forced migration studies from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and an undergraduate degree in communications from Makerere University in Uganda. Batanda, a communications officer for the Refugee Law Project of Makerere University’s law faculty, received Uganda’s 2010 Young Achievers Award and a Justice in Africa program fellowship.

Read more about Jackee Batanda.

Emma Beals -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Emma Beals is a New Zealand / British freelance journalist, based in southern Turkey. She has an interest in conflict and social issues and has most recently been concerned with reporting on Syria for a variety of television, newspaper and online publications. Beals has a background in radio broadcasting in her native New Zealand.

Tanja Bencun -- SABC Digital News

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Feature Producer SABC Digital News

Tanja Bencun has worked as a feature producer for SABC Digital News for three years, and as a journalist for 10. In her current position, she focuses on human interest and lifestyle topics, particularly in the arts and health. She enjoys the multimedia producing aspect to telling stories, and uses video footage and photographs to enhance her reporting and to engage her audience.

Bencun earned her B.A. in English and has also studied psychology.

Erika Beras -- Freelance

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Journalist Freelance

Erika Beras is a freelance journalist based in Pittsburgh whose work can be heard on NPR programs such as Morning Edition and Latino USA. Her work has been featured on Monocle Radio programs, Vice Motherboard, PBS.org, and many other publications and radio programs. She has won numerous awards including the Rolling Stone Award for College Journalism and awards from the Associated Press. She is a graduate of the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism

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Multimedia Journalist Freelance

Lauren Bohn is The GroundTruth Project’s Middle East correspondent and editor-at-large, based in Istanbul. She’s the co-founder of Foreign Policy Interrupted, a start-up incubator and fellowship program dedicated to changing the ratio and getting more women miked and bylined. She’s also the co-founder of SchoolCycle, a United Nations Foundation initiative to provide bikes to girls in Malawi so they can get to school more quickly and safely. She received a Master’s degree from Northwestern University and her undergraduate degree from New York University. She has reported in Egypt, Bahrain, Lebanon, Jordan, Tunisia, Palestine, Israel, Iraq, the UAE, Greece, Malawi, Zambia, South Africa, and Nigeria. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, TIME, Marie Claire among others.

Christine Bolaños --

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Print Journalist Freelance

Christine Bolaños is a freelance journalist covering government, education, human interest and business news from Austin, Texas. She has reported on numerous topics, including breaking stories on local bullying cases that have resulted in changes to school policy, to profiles on women of impact at NASA, Google, the FBI and more. Her most recent work has been published in Latina Style Magazine, Austin American-Statesman, Pflugerville Pflag, Round Rock Leader, The Liberty Hill Independent and Popular Hispanics. Since earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and journalism from Baylor University, Christine has received numerous state awards, including a 2010 Best of Texas award in the “Best Feature Story” category. She has worked as reporter, editor, page designer, multimedia content manager and photographer.

Priyanka Borpujari -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Priyanka Borpujari is an independent journalist based in Mumbai, India. She contributes to media outlets such as The Times of India, OPEN magazine, Montrealserai.com, The Hoot and The Hindu. Borpujari has worked as a reporter for six years for publications including Mumbai Mirror, The Asian Age and exchange4media.com. Since launching her freelance career three years ago, she has focused on the plight of indigenous groups that are being systematically displaced from their land.

Borpujari holds a bachelor’s degree in mass media from Wilson College in Mumbai.

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Priyanka Borpujari --

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Journalist Freelance

Priyanka Borpujari is an independent journalist who has been reporting on issues of human rights violations, forceful land grab, indigenous peoples’ rights, environment, and health and religion from different corners of India. Her work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Times of India, Al Jazeera, Tehelka, Scroll and Global Post, among others. She was named the 2012-2013 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer Fellow, and exhibited her photojournalism work titled “The Human Cost of India’s Race to Development” across American universities. In 2015, she was one of the India-Germany Media Ambassadors and a guest journalist with the German political weekly Die Zeit. Most recently, she was a Fulbright Scholar-In-Residence at Nazareth College in Rochester NY, USA, where she taught a course titled “Media and Human Rights”. She is the founder of The Kali Writes Project, which is aimed at healing through writing, and has conducted workshops with Muslim teenage girls, South African women, and male inmates at a correctional facility in Rochester. She is based in Mumbai, India, and speaks six languages.

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