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.

Irene Noguchi -- KQED Public Radio

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Radio Producer KQED Public Radio
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Irene Noguchi produces the radio news call-in show “Forum” at KQED Public Radio, the NPR station in San Francisco. She pitches ideas, pre-interviews guests, and directs live shows on air, preparing the host to interview politicians, professors, authors and musicians from a range of fields. Her favorite interviews have been with coroners, neurologists, music critics, author David Mitchell, and boxer Mike Tyson. Her team recently completed a series on gentrification and rising housing costs in the Bay Area. Prior to life in the foggy city, she produced NPR shows in Seattle and Las Vegas. In Seattle, she chased orca whales and followed green technology. In Vegas, she covered the recession, veterans issues, homelessness, the brothel industry and gaming. Prior to that, she worked as a corporate lawyer. She has worked for NPR, the PBS NewsHour and the Washington Post. She holds a B.A. from Stanford and a J.D. from the University of Virginia.

Wandiswa Ntengento -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent
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Wandiswa Ntengento is a young South African journalist and women’s rights activist. Ntengento has experience in broadcast, print and online journalism. She was one of 19 young journalists in South Africa to be selected for the 2014 Future Journalist Programme run by Rhodes University and Highway Africa. Ntengento has an online opinion column on News24 where she writes on current news and global issues. She has been featured by International Journalists Network as Journalist of The Month for December 2014. Ntengento mainly reports on stories surrounding issues affecting women, youth and human rights. Her passion lies in developing women and making a visible mark through journalism.

Siobhán O’Grady -- Foreign Policy Magazine

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Journalist Foreign Policy Magazine
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Siobhán O’Grady is a Washington, D.C.-based journalist currently working at Foreign Policy magazine. At FP, her reporting focuses largely on West and Central Africa, including extensive coverage of the growing threat of Boko Haram militants in Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, and Chad. She is especially interested in how weak governance influences religious extremism, and the ways extremism in turn interferes with democratic progress. O’Grady joined FP from the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau, where she reported on border security, drug cartels, prison reform, and all things Ted Cruz. Her work has appeared on WBUR-Boston and in the Houston Chronicle, the San Antonio Express, and the San Francisco Chronicle, among others. A Boston native, she holds a dual degree in political science and French from Dickinson College and has lived in Morocco and Cameroon.

Christina Okello -- Radio France Internationale

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Broadcast Journalist Radio France Internationale
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Christina Okello is a broadcast journalist with Radio France Internationale based in Paris, where she covers Africa and world news. Okello was born in Uganda and grew up in the UK. She combines her multicultural background with a passion for storytelling to cover a range of topics from immigration to terrorism, such as the recent attacks in Paris, crimes against journalists, and diaspora communities. Previously, she worked as correspondent for Israeli news channel JN1, an assistant producer at France 24, a television journalist at Africa 24, and a video journalist at Telesud.

Katie Orlinsky -- Katie Orlinsky Photography

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Katie Orlinsky is awarded a grant of $15,000 to complete a photography project exploring climate change and environmental issues in Alaskan communities. Orlinsky is a photographer and cinematographer from New York, she has photographed personal projects, assignments and documentaries all over the world. Orlinsky regularly works for The New York Times, The New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Al Jazeera America, a variety of international magazines and non-profit organizations such as Too Young to Wed, an organization and campaign to end child marriage around the world.

Danielle Paquette -- Washington Post

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Reporter Washington Post
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Danielle Paquette is a reporter for the Washington Post based in Washington, D.C., where she writes about gender, policy, and the economy. She previously worked as a crime reporter for the Tampa Bay Times, Florida’s largest newspaper. Paquette’s stories have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Cosmopolitan, LA Weekly, and Indianapolis Monthly. While studying journalism at Indiana University, she won the Hearst National Writing Competition and was named Student Journalist of the Year.

Lindsey Parietti -- Freelance

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Video and Print Journalist Freelance
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Lindsey Parietti is a freelance video and print journalist based in Cairo, Egypt, where she has covered breaking news, politics, culture and the environment for seven years. Her work has been published or broadcast by the Associated Press, Reuters, The Sunday Times, Huffington Post, Boston Globe, and Egypt Independent, among others. In 2013 she co-founded online news site Mada Masr with a group of reporters. It remains one of the only independent, critical news outlets in Egypt. Parietti graduated with degrees in journalism and political science from Boston University and covered state politics for the MetroWest Daily News.

Sonia Paul -- Freelance

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Journalist Freelance
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Sonia Paul is a freelance multimedia journalist covering culture, politics, corruption, and gender. Her work, primarily from India and the United States, has been featured in The New York Times, the Guardian, BBC World Service, Foreign Policy, Vice, Public Radio International, and the Al Jazeera Media Network, among others. She is also the editorial assistant for MediaShift.org, where she writes on the evolution of digital media, education, and advertising. She taught English in Japan, where she produced a grant-funded podcast series, Shizuoka Speaks. She earned her graduate degree with honors from Columbia Journalism School, where she was an Anne O’Hare McCormick Scholar.

Sophie Pilgrim -- France 24/Radio France Internationale

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Journalist France 24/Radio France Internationale
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Sophie Pilgrim covers the United Nations in New York for France 24’s web service and Radio France Internationale. At the UN, her reporting focuses mainly on Africa and the Middle East. She has covered sexual abuse scandals in Central African Republic, peacekeeping operations in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the international response to the Syrian conflict. Pilgrim was previously based in Paris, where she helped found France 24’s award-winning collaborative journalism project, The Observers. Pilgrim’s work has appeared in Al-Monitor, Vice, and the Financial Times. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southampton Solent University.

Jeanne Pinder -- ClearHealthCosts.com

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Founder ClearHealthCosts.com
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Jeanne Pinder is a former New York Times reporter and founder of ClearHealthCosts.com, an interactive website that provides clearly defined pricing data to consumers for the time.

Pinder has been consulting and studying at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism in New York with Jeff Jarvis (“What Would Google Do?”) and Jeremy Caplan (director, Tow-Knight Center for Entrepreneurial Journalism), since she volunteered for a buyout from The New York Times in late 2009 after 23 years there. At The Times, she was an editor and reporter on the metro, business and foreign desks, a founding editor of the Circuits technology section and a human resources executive developing and implementing a policy on nontraditional work arrangements. She also worked at The Des Moines Register and The Grinnell (Ia.) Herald-Register. She speaks fluent Russian and lives just outside of New York City with her 16-year-old twin daughters.

Erin Polgreen -- Symbolia

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Cartoonist-Journalist Symbolia Magazine
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Erin Polgreen is a media strategist, constructor of collaborations, and director of programs with more than seven years of professional experience cultivating media innovation. A lifelong fan of comics and sequential art, Polgreen has advocated for the intersection of comics and journalism as a vital means of engaging news consumers in complicated stories. To this end, she is the founder of Symbolia: The Tablet Magazine of Illustrated Journalism.

Polgreen’s experiences as a consultant include developing community, fostering technological innovation, and increasing the reach of independent media. She frequently speaks about editorial collaboration, comics journalism, and media innovation at venues such as the Public Radio Program Directors Association, the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, the Association of Alternative Newsmedia, the National Conference for Media Reform, the Society for News Design, and SXSWi.

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Julia Reischel -- Watershed Post

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Co-Founder Watershed Post
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Julia Reischel founded the Watershed Post, an online newspaper serving a rural “news desert,” the Catskills region of upstate New York. In five years, the publication has won multiple awards and grants and has become a sustainable business with 50,000 loyal readers a month and two spin-off print publications. Before starting the Watershed Post, Reischel worked as a reporter and a freelancer in Boston and Florida for alternative newsweeklies and legal newspapers. Her feature writing has won awards from the New England Press Association, the Florida Press Club and the National Association of Gay and Lesbian Journalists.

Louisa Reynolds -- Freelance

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Freelance Journalist Independent
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Louisa Reynolds is an independent journalist based in Guatemala City, Guatemala. Reynolds is the tenth recipient of the annual fellowship. Since 2011, she has contributed regularly to Latinamerica Press / Noticias Aliadas, Inter-Press Service, Plaza Pública, Proseco, El Periódico, and other publications. Previously, she was a reporter for El Periódico and an editor for Inforpress Centroamericana.

Since launching her freelance career three years ago, she has focused on human rights cases, such as violations committed during the civil war, as well as femicide and gender-based violence.In addition to studying human rights issues, Reynolds seeks a deeper knowledge of data journalism and multimedia in order to create an interactive media project that will allow victims of violence to tell their own stories through an online platform.

Reynolds holds a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the Institute for the Study of the Americas and a Bachelor’s degree in Modern Languages from University College London.

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Christin Roby -- Freelance

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Multimedia Journalist Freelance
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Christin Roby is a freelance multimedia journalist based in Abidjan, Ivory Coast. Before moving to Africa, Roby worked as a reporter in newsrooms in Chicago and Washington, D.C. She currently covers social justice, gender equality, politics and development for outlets including the Associated Press, Voice of America, USA Today, and The Christian Science Monitor. Her reporting from West Africa includes politics in Ivory Coast, women’s literacy in Senegal, slavery in Mali, and e-waste in Ghana. Roby holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Howard University and a master’s degree in videography from Northwestern University.

Purple Romero -- Rappler

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Reporter Rappler
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Purple Romero is a reporter for Rappler, a social news network based in the Philippines; she has worked for both online and print publications. Romero has also written television reports, and in 2010, she wrote for an election special. She has reported on climate change and the judiciary for Newsbreak, a news organization specializing in investigative journalism. Romero has also contributed articles on climate change to AlertNet Reuters and Asia Views, a regional magazine. She has attended several international fellowships and trainings on climate change and environmental issues.

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Prodita Sabarini -- The Jakarta Post

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Investigative Journalist The Jakarta Post
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Prodita Sabarini is an investigative journalist for the English Indonesian daily, The Jakarta Post. After completing her undergraduate degree in Media Studies at Padjadjaran University, Bandung, she was skeptical of the media, and foresaw a career in research. Nevertheless, Sabarini took a job in the media business soon after finishing her undergraduate degree in 2005 – a one-year training program at The Jakarta Post for reporters that involved both journalism and on-the-job training in the newsroom.

Sabarini soon realized that human rights issues were of great importance to her. She proceeded to tell the highly publicized crime story of a serial murderer case that occurred in Indonesia in 2008, as well as the attack against the minority group Ahmadiyah in 2008. After writing about human rights issues for several years, Sabarini left Indonesia for a year to head to Sydney, Australia in 2011 when she received an Australian Development scholarship to study a Master’s degree in Human Rights Law and Policy at the University of South Wales.

During her time in Sydney, Sabarini contributed to media outlets such as The Australian and 2SER Radio. She has covered a variety of critical issues, including the Sunni and Shia conflict in Sampang, Madura, the tension between mining companies and local communities in East Kalimantan, the plight of indigenous people in North Kalimantan, the political dynamics in the restive province of Papua, and about the customary forests of indigenous peoples in Indonesia.

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Sally Sara -- Australian Broadcasting Corporation

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Journalist Australian Broadcasting Corporation
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Sally Sara was an anchor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s national news program “Landline.” She started at ABC in 1993, reporting from Africa as a foreign correspondent from 2000-2005. Sara is also an author; she took leave from her reporting job in 2005 to write a book on African women called GoGo Mama. Sara, who has covered topics such as poverty, war, political unrest, ethnic violence and violence against women, began work on her next GoGo Mama book in Asia in 2008.

Sara was chosen as the 2007/08 IWMF Elizabeth Neuffer fellow, making her the third recipient of the annual fellowship created in memory of the journalist Elizabeth Neuffer who died in Iraq in 2003.

Bong Sarmiento -- MindaNews

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Journalist MindaNews
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Bong Sarmiento is a senior journalist based in Koronadal City in South Cotabato, Mindanao. Sarmiento writes for MindaNews, where he has been a reporter since 2003. He also contributes articles to various publications including Business World, Sunstar Davao, Asia Times Online, The Mindanao Cross, and the Union of Catholic Asian News.

For his exemplary reporting, Sarmiento has received awards including the Pagkilalasamga Natatanging Kuwentong Katutubo (Outstanding Story on Indigenous People – Broadsheet Category) given by the International Labor Organization (ILO) in 2011. He was also one of the top 10 finalists of the first Gawad Galing for Biotech Journalism, and the Biotechnology for Life Media and Advocacy Resource Center, both in 2005.

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Madeleine Schwartz --

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Print Journalist Freelance
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Madeleine Schwartz is an assistant editor at the New York Review of Books and a freelance journalist. She is particularly interested in women’s health, contraceptive development, and new reproductive technologies. She has reported from across the country on issues such as the economic reasons behind abortion clinic closures and the legal questions surrounding the excess embryos produced by infertility treatments. Her work has appeared in Elle, The Nation, The New Yorker online, The Boston Globe, and Dissent. Before she turned to journalism, she was a graduate student at the University of Oxford, where she was awarded a full scholarship from the Henry Foundation.

Roxanne L. Scott -- Freelance Journalist

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Freelance Journalist
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Roxanne L. Scott is a freelance print and audio reporter in Queens, New York. She has covered elections in Ghana, technology in Kenya and travel in Nigeria. Her work has appeared on NPR’s Latino USA, Chalkbeat and Voices of New York. Scott is a project coordinator for Social Media Week Lagos, Africa’s largest tech conference. Currently, she is a Tow-Knight Fellow at the CUNY School of Journalism.

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