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.

Jika Gonzalez -- Freelance

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Freelance Video and Photojournalist Freelance

Jika González is a freelance multimedia journalist, photographer and video producer from Mexico City. Her reporting projects focus on migration, identity and human rights. Her work has taken her to Mexico, Guatemala, Cambodia, and most recently to Colombia. Jika is currently based in New York where she is a grantee at the Brown Institute for Media Innovation. She received a Master’s degree from the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism in 2013, and spent two years there as a teaching fellow working alongside students and faculty. Her work has appeared in TIME, National Geographic, The New York Times, Telemundo and Narratively, among others.

Laura Lopez Gonzalez -- IRIN/PLUS News

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Health Reporter IRIN/PLUS News

Laura Lopez Gonzalez began covering HIV in 2003, when she completed an in-depth reporting project on HIV among men who have sex with men in Chicago, Illinois, and Cape Town, South Africa, as part of her undergraduate coursework at the Medill School of Journalism in Chicago. She later completed a master’s thesis on counterintuitive links between conflict and HIV transmission in Mozambique as part of the University of Chicago’s Committee on International Relations before returning to South Africa.

Lopez has spent the last five years as a freelance journalist reporting for the United Nations HIV/ AIDS news service, IRIN/PlusNews. Prior to this experience, she worked for various South African print media outlets such as The Star, The Sunday Times and The Cape Times. While working for IRIN/PlusNews, she has covered HIV epidemics in South Africa, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Swaziland. She has also partnered with organizations such as the Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health and South Africa’s Aurum Institute to train fellow journalists in the reporting of clinical trials.

In 2010, she was awarded a Gender and Media in Southern Africa Award for best sustained reporting for her work on forced sterilizations among HIV-positive women in Namibia and pregnancy-related HIV stigmas.

Hasina Gori -- SABC Digital News

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Reporter SABC Digital News

Gori is a journalist at SABC Digital News in Johannesburg, with a passion for new media and radio. Gori began her career as a news anchor for a community radio station while studying towards her BA degree. She went on to produce a daily drive time show and present current affair shows. She also held the position of sub-editor for a community newspaper.

Gori holds a Psychology degree from University of South Africa and a Honors Degree in Journalism from the University of Witwatersrand. She volunteered at a drug/rehab center while studying and mentored young aspiring writers over the years. She hopes to focus on humanitarian and investigative journalism.

While working as a producer for the AM Drive on Radio Al Ansaar, she produced a show focusing on HIV/Aids and the Muslim community with the Islamic Care Line and various other caregivers. She is also a certified HIV/Aids Counselor.

Sruthi Gottipati -- France 24

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Freelance Journalist France 24

Sruthi Gottipati is a freelance print journalist working primarily with France 24. She is based in Paris, where she also teaches a course in journalism ethics to graduate students at Sciences Po. She has a decade of experience working in print, television, and digital media. As a politics and general news correspondent for Reuters in her native India, Gottipati broke stories on corruption, crafted features on sexual violence, and chased a cyclone. Previously Gottipati worked at the New Delhi bureau of The New York Times, where she reported across India and wrote for India Ink, the Times’ first country-specific blog. Gottipati holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University.

Amy Green -- Mail & Guardian

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Health Reporter Mail & Guardian

Green is a health reporter at Mail & Guardian in Rosebank and obtained an Honours Degree in Health Journalism from Rhodes University in 2011.

Prior to joining Mail & Guardian, she investigated the abuse of the attention deficit disorder drug, Ritalin, among university students – an expose that was published on the ebook website Mampoer Shorts. Amy has also written for publications such as Grocott’s Mail, The Springs Advertiser, Ezempilo Health Matters and Health Workers for Change.

Marilou Guieb -- Business Mirror

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Journalist Business Mirror

Marilou Guieb has more than 20 years of journalism experience. She currently writes for a national broadsheet newspaper, the Business Mirror. Also a writer and Northern Luzon Bureau Chief for the Women’s Feature Service (WFS), Guieb focuses on the voices of women and their perspectives on environmental issues — as advocates, victims or survivors. She has worked as a writer and editor for other national newspapers, and has published book projects and reports for organizations. In 2011, Guieb won a Bright Leaf Agriculture Journalism Award in best national agriculture feature story for her story on an organic farming technique.

Read more about Marilou Guieb.

Grainne Harrington -- BBC World Television News

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Producer BBC World Television News

Grainne Harrington is a producer and reporter at BBC World Television News in London covering breaking news worldwide. She previously lived in Paris, where she worked as a presenter and reporter for Radio France Internationale, as well as reporting for The Irish Times, The Independent, NPR, Deutsche Welle and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. Grainne also worked in the BBC Paris and Brussels bureaux, covering breaking news and producing in-depth reports for BBC News and current affairs programmes from across Europe.

In 2011 she was awarded the Simon Cumbers Bursary for Development Reporting and travelled to Uganda to investigate and report on local health and development initiatives in Kampala.

Jessica Hatcher -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Jessica Hatcher is a freelancer feature-writer from the UK. For the last three years, she has written primarily about people and places in East Africa. She works regularly in Kenya, Eastern Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania and Somalia, and writes for magazines including Newsweek Europe, TIME, The New Statesman, and the Guardian and Telegraph Weekend magazines. In 2012, she was a One World Media Award nominee for her reporting on so-called “failed states” in sub-saharan Africa. When she’s not on a deadline, she’s working on a satirical novel based on her experience of cycling 5,000 miles across Africa for charity in 2008.

Hatcher holds an MA in Modern Languages from the University of Oxford.

Kiana Hayeri -- Freelance

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Photojournalist Freelance

Kiana Hayeri is a freelance video and photojournalist based in Kabul, Afghanistan. Her work has appeared in Le Monde, The Washington Post, Sunday Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Globe and Mail, Monocle Magazine, The Australian, Al Jazeera America, and CNN, among others. Hayeri grew up in Tehran and moved to Toronto while she was still a teenager. Faced with the challenges of adapting to a new environment, she took up photography as a way of bridging the gap in language and culture. Her projects explore topics such as migration, adolescence, and sexuality.

Celeste Hicks -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

Celeste Hicks is a freelance journalist specializing on Africa and the Sahel. She spent four years living and working in Mali, Chad and Somalia and ten years working for the BBC World Service. She is now based in London and makes frequent trips to Sahelian countries, writing for a number of publications including BBC, the Guardian, Africa Report, Slate magazine and Janes Intelligence Review. Hicks also works as a trainer and mentor to young upcoming African journalists.

Abigail Higgins -- Freelance

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Print Journalist Freelance

Abigail Higgins is a freelance print journalist based in Kenya. Her work on conflict and security, women’s rights, politics, and human rights is influenced by five years in the region, during which she learned to speak fluent Swahili. Her work has appeared in The Washington Post, Time, the Guardian, NPR, The Christian Science Monitor, Al Jazeera, The Times of London, and The Boston Globe. She covered the Westgate Mall attacks in Nairobi, al Shabab’s attack on Garissa University in northeastern Kenya, and the civil unrest and failed military coup in Burundi. She studied political science, African politics, and gender studies at Bryn Mawr College.

Mukelwa Hlatshwayo -- The New York Times

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Journalist The New York Times

Mukelwa Hlatshwayo has been a Junior Producer for eTV’s top current affairs program, 3rd Degree, and in May, 2012 she accepted a post at The New York Times, working in their Southern African region in Greenside, Johannesburg. She recently won The Discovery Health Journalism Award in the Television Feature Category for her piece, “Hospital Horrors,” which documented the tragic story of three South African families who suffered at the hands of health care workers in various government hospitals.

Born and raised in Swaziland, Hlatshwayo resolved to become a journalist at age nine, and began her Journalism studies at the University of Witwatersrand; however, family tragedies prevented her from completing her degree. She refused to give up her dream, and freelanced for community media and various agencies until she got her break at eTV.

Katarina Hoije -- Freelance

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Journalist Freelance

Katarina Höije is an independent journalist based in Bamako, Mali. She writes about Sub-Saharan Africa, mainly West Africa, covering migration, environment, economic development and international politics as a freelance print and multimedia reporter for Scandinavian and international media.  In 2012 she went to Mali just as the military overthrew the Bamako government and Tuaregs rebelled in the north. In the end she enjoyed it so much that she decided to stay. Before landing in Bamako Höije worked her way from Cairo to Cape Town, covering gay rights in Uganda, soccer teams in the slum in Nairobi and the vote for independence in South Sudan. Among her clients are Voice of America, The Guardian and IRIN News. She has a bachelor in journalism from the Danish School of Journalism.

Edith Honan -- Reuters

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East Africa Correspondent Reuters

Edith Honan is a correspondent for Reuters in New York City. She has reported on American politics, gun violence and civil rights. Prior to joining Reuters, she covered the United Nations for UPI.

Marcelle Hopkins -- Freelance

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Journalist Freelance

Marcelle Hopkins is a New York-based freelance journalist and VR filmmaker specializing in human rights and humanitarian crisis reporting. She recently directed a virtual reality documentary on South Sudan for PBS’s series FRONTLINE and the Brown Institute for Media Innovation, called On the Brink of Famine. In 2015, Hopkins received a Magic Grant from the Brown Institute for Media Innovation and a Social Justice Media Fellowship from the Made in NY Media Center by IFP. In 2014, she wrote and produced an interactive documentary on Sri Lanka’s recovery from civil war, which won a UN Foundation Prize and a Horizon Interactive Award. During seven years at Al Jazeera’s United Nations bureau, she covered nearly every major international conflict and crisis of the past decade. She holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Valerie Hopkins -- Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

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Multimedia Journalist Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN)

Valerie Hopkins is a multimedia journalist based in Prishtina, Kosovo with the Balkan Investigative Reporting Network (BIRN). Her reporting focuses on the Brussels-mediated dialogue between Kosovo and Serbia, and EU policy in the region. She also is the managing editor of Prishtina Insight, an online magazine. Hopkins’ freelance work has appeared in Foreign Policy, Politico, the Guardian, Al Jazeera, Mother Jones, Newsweek, and elsewhere. Hopkins started her journalism career in in Sarajevo, Bosnia, where her first job was reporting on trials before the Bosnian war crimes court. She later became the daily web editor for the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP). Investigations she worked on were finalists for the Daniel Pearl Investigative Reporting Award and the Global Shining Light Award. Hopkins holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University. After graduating she was a 2013 Overseas Press Club Fellow, which sent her to Belgrade, Serbia as an intern with Thomson Reuters. Hopkins has a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the College of William and Mary.

Sara Hylton -- Freelance

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Photojournalist Freelance

Sara Hylton is a freelance Canadian documentary photographer based between Brooklyn, New York, and New Delhi, India. Her principal medium is the portrait. Hylton completed a post-graduate certificate in photojournalism and documentary photography from the International Center of Photography, and she holds a Master of Arts in international conflict studies from King’s College London. She was awarded a Magnum Foundation Fellowship in 2015 and was also nominated for PDN’s 30 Emerging Photographers to watch (2014 & 2015). Brooklyn’s Photoville festival also featured her work among 10 emerging photographers (2015).

Hylton has worked for The New York Times, the Financial Times, Reuters, Smithsonian Magazine, The Guardian, and American Photo, among others. She has also worked with several non-profit organizations including the Gates Foundation, the Danish Refugee Council, Rainforest Alliance, Doctors Without Borders, and the International Rescue Committee, among others.

Alejandra Sánchez Inzuza -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist

Alejandra Sánchez Inzunza is a freelance journalist based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She writes about crime, violence, politics, and social matters in Latin America, Europe, and the United States. Her stories have appeared in The New York Times, El País, Vice News, Folha de Sao Paulo, and Caravan among others. Sánchez Inzunza won the Ortega and Gasset Award in 2014, the National Journalism Award in 2013, the German Journalism Award in 2015 and second place in the Latin American Drugs Award in 2014. She is co-founder of Dromómanos, an independent producer of journalistic projects, and is co-writer of the books Narcoamérica (Tusquets, 2015), Los 12 mexicanos más pobres (Planeta, 2016) and Visible Cities (Editorial RM, 2016). Sánchez Inzunza holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Autonomous University of Madrid in alliance with the newspaper El País.

Evelyn Iritani -- Bending Borders

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Senior Editor Bending Borders

Evelyn Iritani is a senior editor at Bending Borders, a global multimedia program that explores common life experiences across cultures and countries. She is also the founder of Dancing Horse Media Shop, a communications company. As an international economics correspondent for the Los Angeles Times, she traveled the world and was awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting and the George Polk Award for Economics Reporting for a series she co-authored on WalMart’s impact on the global economy. A longtime interest in Japan, her ancestral homeland, inspired her award-winning book “An Ocean Between Us: The Changing Relationship of Japan and the United States Told in Four Stories from the Life of an American Town.”

A graduate of the University of Washington, she is a member of the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Journalism and Women Symposium.

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