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.

Monique Jaques -- Freelance

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Freelance Photojournalist Independent

Monique Jaques is a photojournalist based in Istanbul, Turkey. She has spent the past six years focused on documenting issues in the Middle East as well as Afghanistan and India.

Recently she was nominated for the Prix Bayeux- Calvados ‘Young Reporter’ award and was also placed on the ’30 Under 30 Female Photographers’ from Photoboite. Her project ‘Growing Up on The Gaza Strip’ was first published in the New York Times.

Her work has been published by The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, TIME Magazine, among others.

Stefanie Jason -- Marie Claire South Africa

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Features Writer Marie Claire South Africa

Stefanie Jason is a features writer for Marie Claire South Africa (print and online). She is based in Johannesburg, South Africa, and her features are focused mainly on women’s issues in relation to identity, health, and social issues. Jason also writes opinion pieces, as well as stories about the country’s cultural landscape. In 2015, she received a silver in features writing at the Arts Journalism Awards, about stories such as how gentrification affects the artist class in and around South Africa. Jason worked at the Mail & Guardian newspaper for three years and has freelanced for South African publications such as City Press and House & Leisure.

May Jeong -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent

May Jeong is a Kabul-based freelance writer. Her work has been published in print and online in the New York Times, Guardian, Financial Times, Marie Claire, New Yorker, and Sports Illustrated, among others. May was a finalist for the Canadian National Magazine Award in the Best New Magazine Writer category for her 2012 Toronto Life article, which exposed a gang rape scandal in an immigrant community in Toronto. Before freelancing, she worked in newsrooms at the Globe and Mail, Reuters, and The Daily Star in Beirut, Lebanon. She completed a Reporters Instructed in Saving Colleagues course in Nairobi, Kenya in October 2013, as well as a hostile environment training course funded by the Rory Peck Trust at Columbia University in October 2012.

Moa Karlberg -- Freelance Photographer

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Freelance Photographer

Moa Karlberg is a freelance photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has worked for two of Sweden’s largest daily newspapers, and started freelancing in 2007. Among her clients are leading Scandinavian and German magazines as well as local organizations. Besides short assignments, she engages in personal projects. These are often linked to women’s issues such as teenage pregnancies in the U.S., human trafficking in Sweden, polygamy in Senegal, and cosmetic surgery tourism in Colombia. She has won multiple awards for her photojournalism, among them First Prizes in the 2015, 2012 and 2010 Swedish Picture of the Years in various categories. She is a member of the Kontinent photojournalist agency. Karlberg completed her photojournalism studies in Nordens Fotoskola Biskop-Arnö.

Natalie Keyssar -- Freelance Journalist

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Documentary Photographer

Natalie Keyssar is a documentary photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. After receiving a BFA in Painting and Illustration from the Pratt Institute in 2009, she pursued photojournalism, which fused her love for visual storytelling with her deep interest in social justice, youth culture, and activist movements. Much of her personal work has focused on the themes of class inequality, and the personal effects of political turmoil. She has explored topics from Caribbean youth culture and gangs in East Flatbush, Brooklyn, to daily life in Western Sahara, from White Supremacist militias on the U.S. Border with Mexico, to the recent protests against police violence in Ferguson, Missouri. She is currently working on a long term project about Venezuela after the death of President Hugo Chávez. Natalie’s work has been published by Newsweek, Time, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, California Sunday Magazine, Le Monde M, and MSNBC among many others, and awarded by organizations like American Photography, Reportage by Getty Images, The NPPA, The International Color Awards, and The Association for Healthcare Journalists. Natalie is an IWMF Connect Fellow and previously participated in the African Great Lakes Reporting Initiative in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Andalusia Knoll -- Freelance

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Multimedia Journalist Freelance

Andalusia Knoll Soloff is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Mexico City. She is a frequent contributor to AJ+, VICE News, and TeleSUR and has been a guest on the BBC, Huffington Post, Al Jazeera and Democracy Now! Much of her reporting focuses on human rights violations, the failed “war on drugs,” indigenous land struggles and gender based violence. Andalusia’s J-school was a late night community radio where she transformed her music show into a political news program. In the rare moments when she is not reporting, Andalusia produces linocut prints and DJ’s cumbia parties.

Olga Kravets -- Freelance

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Documentary Photographer and Filmmaker Freelance

Olga Kravets is a documentary photographer and filmmaker from Russia. She lives in Paris and works primarily in the Caucasus, the Balkans, and the Middle East. Her work has been published worldwide in publications including El Pais, Financial Times, Helsingin Sanomat, Le Monde, NRC Handelsblad, Internazionale, The Globe and Mail, The New York Times, The Observer, and Vice. She has worked on a number of documentaries and is now directing her first full-length documentary. She won a Prix Bayeux-Calvados for War Correspondents in 2014 (in the web journalism category), a Magnum Emergency Foundation grant in 2013, and a PDN Photo Annual in 2012. She holds a master’s degree from the University of the Arts in London.

Iris Kuo -- Argus Media

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Reporter Argus Media

Iris Kuo and her team are awarded a grant of $9,500 to create a multimedia research tool and web app, LedBetter, to increase access to information on gender in corporate leadership. Kuo reports for Argus Media, an international energy wire based in Houston, Texas, and was recently selected as one of 10 2015-2016 Knight-Bagehot fellows at Columbia University. Previously, she led green energy investment coverage for the tech news outlet VentureBeat and reported for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong.

Lily Kuo -- Quartz

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Print Journalist Quartz

Lily Kuo is a print journalist based in Nairobi, Kenya covering East Africa for Quartz. She previously reported for Quartz from Hong Kong. Before that she covered general news for Reuters in New York and Washington and reported from China for the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. She holds a dual master’s degree in international affairs from the London School of Economics and Peking University, as well as degrees in English and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She won the 2014 Society of American Business Editors and Writers award for best international feature for a series about China’s water crisis.

Kate Lamb -- Freelance Journalist

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Freelance Journalist

Kate Lamb is an independent print and radio journalist who has been based in Southeast Asia for the past five years. Inspired by investigative longform journalism, politics and development, Kate’s work on issues such as terrorism, forced migration and natural disasters has appeared in The Guardian, Foreign Policy, Al Jazeera, and The International New York Times. Lamb holds a bachelor’s degree in international relations and English literature from the University of New South Wales. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Technology Sydney in Australia.

Lungi Langa -- Isolezwe Newspaper

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Journalist Isolezwe Newspaper

Langa is a journalist working for Isolezwe Newspaper in Durban. She completed her Journalism Diploma at the Durban University of Technology in KwaZulu Natal in 2006. She served as a Media intern at Art for Humanity (AFH), a non-profit organization specializing in HIV/AIDS, women and children’s rights and Human Rights.

She got her grounding in covering health while working as an intern journalist and later a junior journalist with Health-e News Service. She covers a range of beats with a special focus on health issues, ranging from HIV and TB to cancer. She has a regular column that appears in the paper every two weeks where she writes informative pieces with the assistance of medical practitioners.

Trinna Leong -- The Strait Times

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Print Journalist The Strait Times

Trinna Leong is a print journalist for The Strait Times based in Malaysia. She has spent the last three years covering primarily politics and economic news in Southeast Asia. Her past work includes reporting on street protests in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, the Myanmar Rohingya community, and the rise of Islamic influence in politics and rule of law in Malaysia. In addition to Reuters, her work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal. Leong holds a master’s degree in journalism from Columbia University and was formerly a chemist who worked in the advertising industry before entering the news business.

Armina Ligaya -- The National Post

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Business Reporter The National Post

Armina Ligaya is a Toronto-based reporter for The National Post. Before taking on the business beat for the Canadian national daily newspaper, she was an online reporter and associate producer for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, writing breaking news, features and using social media to tell stories to a broad national audience. Prior to this, she was based in the United Arab Emirates for more than three years, as a business reporter and online editor for The National. Her stories and features have also been published in the International Herald Tribune, The Globe and Mail, and Huffington Post Canada.

Karen Lowe -- Bending Borders

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Creator Bending Borders

Karen Lowe is the creator of Bending Borders, a multimedia production company that explores how common human experiences – like the first kiss, sibling rivalry and dying – play out across cultures and countries in surprisingly different ways. She also teaches creative audio at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School of Communications and Journalism. Between 2000-2008, she was the senior foreign editor of Marketplace Radio, a public radio program that airs daily on approximately 400 stations nationwide. Prior to Marketplace, she was an editor and reporter for Agence France-Presse.

Recognition of her work includes the National Press Foundation Award for an investigative series on congressional lobbying; Overseas Press Club Award for a story on the AIDS epidemic in Uganda; and the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Award honorable mention and Daniel Schorr Journalism Prize for a six-part series on U.S. contractor corruption in Iraq.

Clair MacDougall -- Freelance

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Journalist Freelance

Clair MacDougall is a freelance print journalist and writer currently based in Monrovia, Liberia. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Vogue, Newsweek, Time, Stern, Al Jazeera America, and Foreign Policy, among others. Her recent work has focused on Liberia’s post-war construction and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. MacDougall won the 2015 Kurt Schork Memorial Fund Award for her reporting on the Ebola outbreak, and also contributed to The New York Times’ Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the epidemic. She has reported on politics, justice, and human rights from across the globe. She holds an honors degree in political theory and a master’s degree from Columbia Journalism School.

Ruth Maclean -- The Times of London

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Foreign Correspondent The Times of London

Ruth Maclean is a foreign correspondent covering southern Africa with The Times of London. Previously, she worked for The Times as a staff news reporter in London, and as their Mexico correspondent covering the drug war. Since arriving in South Africa in 2013, Maclean has covered the Ebola epidemic, the rise of Boko Haram, Nelson Mandela’s death and Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial for the newspaper as well as radio stations and TV news shows around the world. Maclean grew up in east Africa, by Lake Victoria and the Serengeti. She holds a bachelor’s degree in history and philosophy from the University of York and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from City University, London.

Nompumelelo “Mpume” Madlala -- The Daily News

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Reporter The Daily News

Madlala is a reporter for The Daily News in Durban. She studied Journalism at Varsity College. After graduating, she started working for The Natal Witness as a weekend reporter and also worked full-time for the company’s community newspaper, The Mirror. In 2008, she joined The Daily News as a morning shift reporter.

She covers various beats, including court, municipal, health and crime, and has worked on various human interest stories. She is passionate about making a difference in the lives of people, especially those who cannot speak for themselves.

Krista Mahr -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist

Krista Mahr is a freelance journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she writes for U.S. and U.K.-based publications including the Washington Post, the Financial Times, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Newsweek. Mahr has a special interest in reporting on public health, migration, natural resource use, politics and economic development. Prior to moving to South Africa, Mahr spent four years working in New Delhi, India, where she covered South Asia as TIME’s South Asia bureau chief and as Reuters’ South Asia special correspondent. During those years, she reported extensively throughout Afghanistan, Nepal, Pakistan, and India. Mahr has a master’s degree in print and video journalism from the University of California, Berkeley. She has been granted fellowships by the Overseas Press Club Foundation to report in Greenland and the International Reporting Project to report in South Sudan, and two of her TIME cover stories have won awards from the Society of Publishers in Asia and Amnesty International Hong Kong’s Human Rights Press Press Awards.

Jenny Manrique -- Comunicaciones Aliadas

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Journalist Comunicaciones Aliadas

Colombian journalist Jenny Manrique writes for Comunicaciones Aliadas, a non-governmental online magazine that focuses on Latin American news, particularly human rights. She is based in Colombia, although the magazine is based in Peru. Manrique has covered subjects such as kidnapping, drug trafficking and refugees. She has also interviewed victims of violence in Colombia, including people who have been injured by landmines, combatants who have returned to society, children in armed groups and indigenous people defending their land.

In the course of her journalistic work, Manrique has received multiple death threats and was once forced into exile in Peru for eight months. She is interested in continuing to investigate Colombian paramilitaries and their ties with multinational corporations.

Manrique was chosen as the 2008/09 Elizabeth Neuffer fellow, the fourth recipient of this annual fellowship.

Thabile Maphanga -- SABC Radio Channel Africa

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Health Reporter SABC Radio Channel Africa

Thabile Maphanga has been in the news industry for six years. She is a health journalist at the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Radio News as well as a news presenter on SABC TV News. She started her journalism career as an intern at the weekly publication Echo under The Witness in Pietermaritzburg before becoming a producer for, Vuleka Productions in Durban. She joined the SABC in 2004 as a news anchor/bulletin writer on Ukhozi FM, the biggest radio station in South Africa. After two years on the bulletin desk, Maphanga became a general radio news reporter. In her time as a radio reporter she was honored with the Tourism Journalist of the Year Award. A few months later she received the SABC Journalist of the Year Award in Radio Current Affairs for a story she covered on virginity testing and the reed dance in KwaZulu Natal. In 2010 she was honored with the Discovery Health Journalist of the Year Award for a story related to the doctor’s strike in 2009.

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