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.

Robyn Dixon -- Los Angeles Times

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Foreign Correspondent Los Angeles Times

Robyn Dixon reports from Johannesburg, South Africa, for the Los Angeles Times and has been a foreign correspondent for 22 years, covering Africa since 2003. She has won awards for her coverage, including the Robert F. Kennedy award for international reporting, the Batten Medal, the Daniel Pearl Award for courage and integrity in reporting, and the Sigma Delta Chi award for international reporting. Dixon has worked in daily journalism since 1978, covering a range of beats for several newspapers in her native Australia. In 1993 she went to Moscow as a correspondent, and covered the former USSR and wars in Chechnya, Afghanistan, and Iraq. She has been with the Los Angeles Times since 1999.

In Africa, she covered the Darfur crisis, Zimbabwe’s economic meltdown, post-election violence in Kenya, Boko Haram in Nigeria, the death of Nelson Mandela, and the Ebola outbreak, among other stories.

Priyanka Dubey -- Independent Journalist

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Independent Journalist

Priyanka Dubey is awarded a $1,800 grant to help her complete her book on the crisis of rape in India. Dubey is an independent journalist based in New Delhi. She covers human rights, gender, conflict and development in India. Her work has been published in Yahoo Originals, Tehelka, Hindustan Times and Scroll. Her work has been recognized through several national and international awards including the 2015 Knight International Journalism Award, the Kurt Schork Award in International Journalism, and Ramnath Goenka Award for Excellence in Indian Journalism.

Thabisa Dyala -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Dyala is a freelance researcher, producer and presenter for the South African Broadcast Corporation (SABC) Channel Africa in Johannesburg. She currently produces and presents Let’s Talk About It – a program on HIV/AIDS lifestyle, aimed at empowering young people, addressing issues that are shunned by society.

She studied towards a BA degree at Rhodes University and joined SABC Channel Africa in 2006, having been an HIV/AIDS activist and worked for the National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS in South Africa. She also works for HEARTLINES and has covered issues raised by one of the vocal and active organisations advocating for treatment, support and care of people living with HIV/AIDS – the Treatment Action Campaign.

She is hoping to focus her investigative reports on practical ways of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, on ways of disclosing and dealing with one’s HIV status in relationships and HIV in the workplace.

Catherine Elton -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Catherine Elton covered Latin America as a freelance reporter. For four years, she was based in Guatemala, where she reported on human rights, labor issues, trade and migration, among other subjects. From 1997 – 2000, she was a stringer in Peru. Elton’s work has appeared in news media outlets such as The Miami Herald, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time and Mother Jones magazines, and National Public Radio. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Middlebury College.

Elton was selected as the first recipient of the Elizabeth Neuffer fellowship. The fellowship was created in memory of Elizabeth Neuffer, a journalist who died in Iraq in 2003.

Read more about Catherine Elton.

Larisa Epatko -- PBS NewsHour

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Foreign Affairs Reporter and Producer PBS NewsHour

Larisa Epatko is a reporter-producer for foreign affairs at the Arlington, Va.-based PBS NewsHour. At the NewsHour, she helps produce broadcast segments and writes articles, crafts audio slideshows and edits video for the website. She also manages the World page (http://www.pbs.org/newshour/world/), which showcases the NewsHour’s in-depth analysis of international news, and she tweets for the beat. To get on-the-ground perspectives, Epatko has reported in places including Iraq, South Korea, Pakistan and Sudan. She also works regularly with budding writers on producing stories for the NewsHour’s website.

Whitney Eulich -- The Christian Science Monitor

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Latin America Correspondent The Christian Science Monitor

Whitney Eulich is the Latin America correspondent and editor for The Christian Science Monitor, and a freelance print and radio reporter based in Mexico City. She has covered a range of topics, including labor rights and public health in El Salvador, human trafficking in Mexico among U.S. guest workers, and violence and education in Brazil. Whitney holds a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University and studied radio production at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies.

Katie Falkenberg -- The Los Angeles Times

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Staff Photographer The Los Angeles Times

Katie Falkenberg is a staff photographer at The Los Angeles Times. Raised in Ohio, Falkenberg began her career in Washington, D.C., covering the White House and Capitol Hill as a freelance photographer. From 2006 through 2009, she was a staff photographer at The Washington Times, where she began to focus on documenting contemporary issues in America. Her passion is working on issue-related projects, and she considers it a great privilege and responsibility to tell the stories of people who may not have a chance to be heard otherwise.

Her photography and multimedia work have been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the White House News Photographers Association, and the National Press Photographers Association. Her short film, “Uninsured in the Mississippi Delta,” won the Human Rights award at the 2010 Media That Matters film festival. Falkenberg graduated from Warren Wilson College, in North Carolina, with a degree in Studio Art.

Natali Faxas -- El Caribe

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Print Journalist El Caribe

Natalí Faxas is a Dominican journalist who specializes in migration and international relations. She is part of the investigative team for the newspaper El Caribe in the Dominican Republic. Natalí has covered stories about gender equality, education and health. She was awarded with the Rafael Herrera Award from the Foundation of Global Democracy and Development (Fundación Global Democracia y Desarrollo – FUNGLOBE) for her coverage on the migration reform that was applied by the Dominican Republic in 2014. Natalí was also recognized by the health committee of journalists for her series on children with special needs. She is a graduate from la Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo (UASD) and received her masters from la Universidad de Nebrija in Madrid.

Euline Fillis -- SABC Radio Channel Africa

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Current Affairs Producer FOKUS, SABC

Euline Fillis, Current Affairs producer for SABC’s FOKUS, has covered a range of stories from human interest to education, health and social economic issues. In addition, she has delivered breaking stories for the daily main news bulletin and current affairs program since joining SABC in 2008. She is passionate about social media and runs the FOKUS Facebook page. In 2011, Fillis was nominated by the ATKV for the best in-depth news insert “uit die dwelm hel.”

In 2001, Fillis made her debut as a disc jockey at Imonti FM, in the Eastern Cape. After completing her journalism studies at the Walter Sisulu University in 2006, she worked as a news reporter at Die Burger. She started at SABC in 2008 and worked as an output journalist for radio until joining FOKUS in 2009.

Alexandra Fisher -- Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Multimedia Journalist Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Alexandra Fisher is an award-winning journalist who has earned recognition for her willingness to venture independently into dangerous locations covering stories under-reported in the Australian media. In 2012 she won Australia’s most prestigious award for young journalists after traveling to Mexico City and working solo to investigate a story on sex trafficking. She gained access to sensitive talent while filming undercover in a red-light district controlled by criminals. For the past four years Alexandra has worked for Australia’s national broadcaster, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC), reporting for TV, radio and online. She’s currently based in Australia’s northern capital, Darwin, where her exclusive investigation into the bashing and sexual assault of Vietnamese asylum seekers by other detainees, with allegations that the guards were complicit, has drawn national attention. Alexandra has twice independently filmed stories in Africa. As a 19-year-old student she travelled alone to Uganda, where she filmed a story on a child soldier forced to carry warlord Joseph Kony’s baby. In 2013 she travelled to war-ravaged eastern DR Congo to film an exclusive story on a marginalised group of pygmy people, displaced from their home by war. Both stories were broadcast by the ABC.

Aurélie Fontaine -- Freelance Journalist

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Freelance Journalist

Aurélie Fontaine is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). After completing her studies, she worked as a reporter in Senegal and Ivory Coast. She has worked with RTS (Radio Télévision Suisse), RTBF (Radio Télévision Belge Francophone), BBC Afrique, Médi 1 (Morrocan Francophone Radio), Radio Canada, Jeune Afrique, Le Soir, Libération, Ouest-France, Rue89, Anadolu (Turkish press agency) and BFM TV in France. In 2012, she co-founded the reporters collective Bégué Press, whose objective is to produce radio, TV, web and written content about West Africa. Fontaine studied journalism in Institut Pratique de Journalisme (IPJ) in Paris, France.

Jacey Fortin -- Freelance

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Journalist Freelance

Jacey Fortin is an American freelance journalist currently based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She has spent four years writing about politics, economics, conflict, development, technology, and media freedom in Africa. Her articles and photographs from South Sudan and Ethiopia have appeared in The New York Times, The Africa Report, Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera, and other print and online publications. Fortin is from New Bedford, Massachusetts. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University in Boston. She is proficient in Spanish and French, and she is learning Amharic.

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Journalist Freelance

Since launching her freelance career three years ago, Jacey Fortin has covered human rights, politics, economic development, and media freedom in the Horn of Africa. She has focused on conflict as well, reporting on the civil war in South Sudan, militancy in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and violent unrest in Ethiopia, where she is based. Her articles and photographs have appeared in The New York Times, Foreign Policy, The Africa Report, Agence France-Presse, Al Jazeera, and others.

Maeve Frances -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Maeve Frances is an independent radio reporter and producer based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has spent the past five years living in the Middle East and Asia and enjoys producing sound-rich audio features and documentaries for public radio stations based in Australia, Europe and the United States. Frances received her bachelors degree from the University of Western Australia. In 2009 she was awarded the ACICIS journalism fellowship to Indonesia and was subsequently based in Jakarta for two years.

Rebekah Fraser -- Real World STEM

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Creator Real World STEM

Rebekah Fraser is the creator of Real World STEM, a website designed to provide teens with a glimpse into real-world science, technology, engineering and math. She is a freelance writer who has published more than 100 articles covering topics such as landmine removal and genetic engineering for publications including Christian Science Monitor and Vegetarian Times. In addition, Fraser writes the monthly seed science column for Growing magazine, and in 2011 published the New England Farm Tours app for iPhone and Android with Sutro Media.

As a consultant, Fraser has worked with small and midsize businesses in need of communications assistance. She edited the business leadership book, “Hot Leaders, Cool Facilitators” in 2010. Also in 2010, Fraser created STEM matters, a themed educational webzine. She served as creative producer and managing editor of STEM matters for two years; in 2011, the webzine was nominated for a National Science Teachers Association award, and in 2012 it received an Online Learning award from the International Society for Technology in Education.

Prior to launching her freelance writing business, Fraser worked as a Hollywood script reader and assistant, taught English & Filmmaking to teens with learning disabilities, and was a homemaker. A graduate of Yale University, she lives in rural Massachusetts with her teenage daughter.

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky -- Freelance

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Investigative Journalist Freelance

Jean Friedman-Rudovsky is a freelance investigative journalist based in Philadelphia. She is a VICE Magazine contributing editor and her work has appeared in TIME, The New York Times, SCIENCE, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, and Foreign Policy among others. Jean is a recipient of the Aronson Award for social justice journalism and the SPJ Green Eye-shade award for Best Consumer Reporting, she has reported from five continents and is currently writing a book about women’s resistance across the globe. She is also the Philadelphia coordinator of the Solutions Journalism Network.

Rahima Gambo -- Freelance Journalist

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Freelance Journalist

Rahima Gambo is awarded a grant of $8,400 to pursue a multimedia web project about students in Northeastern Nigeria, who have been impacted by the Boko Haram insurgency. She will also participate in Hostile Environments & Emergency First-Aid Training (HEFAT). Gambo is a freelance visual journalist based in Abuja, Nigeria. She was a 2014 Magnum Foundation fellow and her images can be seen in The New York Times, Time Lightbox, Leadership Newspaper, The Nation Newspaper, City Limits and other media outlets.

Desirée Garcia -- Agencia EFE

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Sub-Saharan Africa Correspondent Agencia EFE

Desirée García is a Spanish journalist working as a correspondent for EFE’s Sub-Saharan Africa bureau, based in Nairobi, since 2013. With ten years of experience working mostly in the leading Spanish news agency, she is a multimedia journalist with a focus in politics. She covered the Westgate mall attack in Kenya and Nelson Mandela’s death and funeral in South Africa.

Her stories and videos have been published mainly by Spanish and Latin American media outlets, such as La Vanguardia, El Mundo, El Periodico, Univision or Radio Caracol. Prior to moving to Nairobi, Desirée reported on national and local politics in Spain.

Garcia graduated in journalism from the Universidad Cardenal Herrera CEU in Valencia (Spain). She also holds a Master’s Degree in Politics and Democracy and has researched on the role of the new online media on revolutionary processes like the Arab Spring.

Raquel Godos -- Agencia EFE

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Correspondent Agencia EFE

Raquel Godos is a correspondent for the Spanish international news wire, EFE. She has been based in Washington, D.C. since 2011. As a journalist for the biggest Spanish language news agency in the world, she primarily focuses on Latin American and Hispanic topics. She covers U.S. Congress and American politics with a national and international perspective. Before moving to Washington, D.C., Raquel was a correspondent in Bogotá, Colombia. She studied Journalism at Carlos III University in Madrid, Spain.

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