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.

Teresa Bouza -- Computational Reporting

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Co-Founder Computational Reporting

Teresa Bouza is a foreign correspondent for Spanish-language news agency EFE. Previously, Bouza worked as a reporter in Madrid for the Spanish financial daily Cinco Dias before being recruited in 1999 by The Wall Street Journal to work in the newspaper’s Spanish-language edition in New York. Bouza was awarded a Cabot Fellowship at Columbia University in 2003 and the Julio Anguita Padilla Award by the Foreign Press Association in 2004.

Bouza’s project, the Computational Platform for Investigative Journalism, will provide news using data-driven reporting and serve as a hub for data mining tools, training and assistance for investigative journalists.

She holds a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, with a concentration in broadcast and new media, and an undergraduate degree in journalism from the University Complutense de Madrid in Spain. She was the a 2012 Knight Fellow at Stanford University.

Learn more about Teresa Bouza.

Courtney Brooks -- Freelance

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Journalist Freelance

Courtney Brooks is a New York-based freelance news and features editor specializing in international diplomacy in sub-Saharan Africa, the United States, the Middle East, and the former Soviet bloc. She has nine years of experience as a reporter, writer, and editor, including three years as an editor at Al Jazeera America and 18 months covering the United Nations and New York for Radio Free Europe. Her work has also appeared in World Policy Journal, The Associated Press, Agence France-Presse, and The Irish Times, among others. She graduated with a degree in journalism and international affairs from Northeastern University.

Ryan Lenora Brown -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Ryan Lenora Brown is a freelance print journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she covers southern Africa for The Christian Science Monitor and other publications. She has reported on variety of subjects including elections in Botswana, xenophobia in Greece, and the death of Nelson Mandela from datelines stretching from Denver to Nairobi to Oxford. In addition to the CSM, her work appears in Al Jazeera English, The Atlantic’s CityLab, Salon.com, The Chronicle of Higher Education, North Carolina Public Radio, and The Jewish Daily Forward, as well as a variety of local media within South Africa. Brown holds a master’s in African studies from St. Antony’s College, Oxford University, and a bachelor’s in history from Duke University.

Riziel Ann Cabreros -- ABS-CNS News Channel

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Producer ABS-CNS News Channel

Riziel Ann Cabreros works as a segment producer for “PIPOL on ANC,” a news magazine program airing weekly on national television ABS-CBN News Channel. This program profiles personalities who have had an impact on the Philippine society. Cabreros also writes for the Sunday evening newscasts of ABS-CBN News Channel.

In addition to TV production, she did research and investigative work for the 1991 IWMF Courage in Journalism Award winner Marites Dañguilan-Vitug’s book on the Supreme Court. This is her second book project with Vitug; the first book, “Our Rights, Our Victories: Landmark Cases in the Supreme Court,” was published in 2011.

Read more about Riziel Ann Cabreros.

Susie Cagle -- Freelance

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Susie Cagle is a freelance journalist. She covered the Occupy movement in Oakland, California in 2012. As one of IWMF’s 2013 Women Entrepreneurs 
in the Digital News Frontier grantees, Cagle is interested in exploring a single social issue in Oakland each year, starting with gun violence. The gun violence pilot project, Shine in Peace, encompasses a well-rounded mix of community narratives, data visualizations, maps, statistics, audio, illustrations, and photos. In addition to securing the support of the IWMF, Cagle has partnered with students at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, the Dart Society of violence reporters, and the Center for Investigative Reporting on this initial reporting project.

Cagle holds a Bachelors degree in literature and creative writing studies from the University of California in Santa Barbara, as well as a Masters degree in Magazine Journalism from Columbia University.

Bianca Capazorio -- Sunday Times

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Reporter Sunday Times

Bianca Capazorio is a reporter with the Sunday Times in Cape Town, South Africa. She previously worked for the Weekend Argus newspaper, where she covered a range of hard news, feature and investigative stories on subjects including health, education and business.

Capazorio graduated from Rhodes University in 2003, with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in English and Journalism.Capazorio started her journalism career at The Herald newspaper in Port Elizabeth, later becoming the business correspondent. In 2007, she was the Vodacom Journalist of the Year Eastern region winner for business and economic writing for a story she wrote on the regeneration of Alicedale.

Lily Casura -- Freelance Writer

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Freelance Writer

Lily Casura is awarded a $19,500 grant to complete a multimedia project examining homeless female veterans in the U.S. Casura is a freelance writer and the founder of the award-winning Healing Combat Trauma website, created to address the issue of combat veterans and PTSD. Her work has appeared in Texas Tribune, Huffington Post, Agence France-Presse and other media outlets. She is a chapter author in Healing War Trauma: A Handbook of Creative Approaches (Routledge).

Juanita Ceballos -- Freelance

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Video and Photojournalist Freelance

Juanita Ceballos is a freelance multimedia journalist based in New York. Before moving to the U.S., Juanita worked as a videographer for Telemundo’s Mexico City bureau. She reported extensively on the the disappearance of 43 students from the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers’ College and the escape of drug kingpin Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. In 2015 she was part of a team awarded a grant from The Brown Institute for Media Innovation to pursue a project about technology in Cuba. Her work has appeared on Telemundo, NBC News, TIME, Narratively, The New York Times, CJR, Next City and the Maria Moors Cabot Prizes. She has covered stories ranging from chronic child malnutrition in Guatemala to Pope Francis’s visit to the U.S. Juanita is a graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she currently serves as an adjunct professor.

Katya Cengel -- Freelance

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Print Journalist Freelance

Katya Cengel is a freelance print journalist who has covered everything from tuberculosis sniffing rats in Mozambique to retired child soldiers in Burma. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, National Geographic News, and Foreign Policy, among other publications. A World Affairs Journalism Fellow, she earned a second place Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award in 2006 for her series on the wives of Sudan’s “Lost Boys”. More recently, she was a 2014 ICFJ/UN Maternal and Newborn Health Mozambique fellow and a 2015 International Reporting Project Guatemala fellow. She teaches journalism at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.

Kristen Chick -- The Christian Science Monitor

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Middle East Correspondent The Christian Science Monitor

Kristen Chick is the Cairo correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, where she has covered Egypt and the region for the past three years. She covered the Arab spring in Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya, and the war in Syria. Chick previously lived in Egypt as a Fulbright scholar, and has also worked as a reported in Washington, DC.

Katharine Child -- The Times

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Health Reporter The Times

Child is a journalist for The Times in Johannesburg. After teaching English as a second language in Taiwan and Cape Town, she returned to study Journalism at Wits University. She subsequently interned at Talk Radio 702 and trained students to write and collect radio news at Wits University’s radio station. In 2011, Child was awarded the Anthony Sampson Fellowship to do rural health reporting. She went to the middle of nowhere in KwaZulu-Natal to find untold stories, one of which was published in Mail & Guardian. Child has worked for The Times since January 2012.

Mansi Choksi -- Freelance

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Mansi Choksi is a freelance print journalist based in Dubai. She writes about the intersections of gender, politics, crime, opportunity, and pop culture in India, the United Arab Emirates, and abroad. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, National Geographic, Time, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera America, Vice, Roads & Kingdoms, Slate, GlobalPost, Caravan, and Open. She grew up in Mumbai, India, and holds a master’s degree in magazine writing from Columbia Journalism School, where she was a Fulbright Fellow. Previously she worked at the Times of India, the world’s largest-selling English daily.

Karen Coates -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Karen Coates is an independent journalist who reports primarily in the developing world on issues involving the environment, science, food, health and human rights. She has published four books. Her latest, Eternal Harvest: The Legacy of American Bombs in Laos (ThingsAsian Press, 2013), co-authored with her husband, Jerry Redfern, was a finalist for the Investigative Reporters & Editors Book Award.

Karen is a Senior Fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism, and she was a 2010-11 Ted Scripps Fellow in Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado. There, she studied climate science and food security, and began work on a long-term project to investigate global hunger and malnutrition. Her reporting has appeared in publications around the world including The New York Times, Al Jazeera America, Slate, Archaeology, Ms., SciDev.Net, The Washington Post online, Columbia Journalism Review, National Geographic Books and many more. She has received fellowships and honors through the Fund for Environmental Journalism, the MIT Knight Science Journalism Program, the Council for Wisconsin Writers and other groups.

Karen and Jerry, a visual journalist, often collaborate on their work. They live in New Mexico’s Rio Grande Valley, where they grow fruits and vegetables while battling drought. When Karen is not crafting stories, she escapes to the trails (by bike or foot) every chance she gets. She also loves to cook, and was Gourmet magazine’s Asia correspondent for several years. Her food blog is Rambling Spoon.

Nadia Shira Cohen --

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Photojournalist Freelance

Nadia Shira Cohen is a freelance documentary photographer based in Rome, working frequently in Europe, Africa, and South America, specifically in Brazil. Her passion lies in stories centered on women’s issues, the environment, human rights, poverty, and conflict. Nadia started working as a photographer in New York City, primarily as an independent photographer for the Associated Press. Nadia worked for Sipa Press, and then went on to work as Director of North America for VII Photo. In 2007 Nadia moved to Rome where she committed herself once again to her own photography with a brief, recent opportunity as contract photographer and photo editor for the International Committee of the Red Cross. In 2011 she was awarded a travel grant by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for a story about gold mining in Romania. Her work on indigenous land rights conflict in Brazil was recently exhibited at the Ethical Photojournalism Festival in Lodi, Italy.

Elizabeth G. Conley -- Houston Chronicle

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Staff Photographer Houston Chronicle

Elizabeth G. Conley is a staff photographer with the Houston Chronicle based in Houston, Texas. Along with creating images to supplement stories in the daily publication, Conley also specializes in long-term multimedia projects, often focusing on environmental and manufacturing themes. Prior to moving to Houston, Conley worked in Detroit, Michigan for The Detroit News. She has been a 2016 Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources Fellow and a 2009 Kiplinger Fellow of Public Policy and Multimedia. Conley has received a 2014 APME Multimedia Journalist of the Year, 2011 Gerald Loeb Finalist for Multimedia Story, 2010 MPPA Photographer of the Year, 2010 MPPA HM Multimedia Photographer of the Year, 2009 Editor & Publisher’s Photos of the Year 1st Place Multimedia, among other honors.

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez -- Interaksyon (TV 5 Online)

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Journalist Interaksyon (TV 5 Online)

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez has worked as a journalist in the Philippines since 2001. Since 2011, she has covered breaking news and written special reports for Interaksyon.com. Previously Fernandez worked as a features writer. She has spent many years working for news websites, and wrote for Inquirer.net for 10 years.

In 2011, Fernandez received the Best Investigative Reporting Award at the 7th Population and Development Media Awards for her two-part series on organ trafficking.

Read more about Lira Dalangin-Fernandez.

Firle Davies -- BBC

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Journalist BBC

A journalist for more than two decades, Davies has worked for the BBC since 2000. She has reported for domestic and world service radio, domestic and world television, and has produced online and current affairs documentaries. Davies has worked in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan and Zaire, among other countries. She has covered topics such as the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, the civil war in Sudan and the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Somalia in the early 1990s.

Davies is the 2009/10 Elizabeth Neuffer fellow, the fifth recipient of the annual fellowship.

Cibele Reschke de Borba -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist

Cibele Reschke de Borba is a Brazilian freelance journalist based in Beijing, where she is currently earning her master’s degree at Peking University. Her research project aims to compare Chinese and Brazilian investments that promote development in Africa. Her professional experiences include writing for South American media outlets Globo News Broadcast and Abril Publisher. One of her articles won a journalism award for its contribution toward the improvement of Rio de Janeiro’s public transportation system. In 2015, she published her first book, entitled “China made in Brazil”, sponsored by the Chinese company State Grid. In 2012, the French Training and Improvement of Journalists Center (CFPJ) awarded her a fellowship to cover the impact of the Olympic Games in London.

Rouchelle Dinglasan -- GMA News Online

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Producer GMA News Online

Rouchelle Dinglasan, a producer for GMA News Online, is responsible for a variety of sections including Nation, Business and the Pinoy Abroad — a segment dedicated to overseas Filipinos. Dinglasan previously worked for BusinessWorld as its Senate Beat reporter.

Dinglasan graduated from De La Salle University-Manila with a degree in Philippine Studies and a major in Filipinos in Mass Media. She has been awarded with the Best Thesis Award for her work “Minda sa Dasma: A Study on Cultural Space of Filipino Muslims in FSC Highway Plaza.”

Read more about Rouchelle Dinglasan.

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