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Ten Journalists Named 2002-2003 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism

By Terri Thompson

Ten Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism have been named by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. They include journalists from the Philadelphia Inquirer, Dow Jones Newswires, Forbes, Time Magazine, Black Enterprise Magazine, The Record (Bergen County, N.J.) and the Financial Times.

The mid-career fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend of $40,000 for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at Columbia's Schools of Business, Law, and International and Public Affairs. Fellows also attend special seminars at the Journalism School led by scholars and business experts during the nine-month program, which begins every year in August. The program is open to journalists with at least four years' experience.

Founded in 1975, the fellows are named for John S. and James L. Knight, brothers who established the Knight Foundation, and Walter Bagehot, the 19th-century British economist and editor of The Economist. They are administered by the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism and directed by Terri Thompson, a former associate editor of U.S. News & World Report and reporter for Business Week and a graduate of the program.

Funds are provided by an endowment from the Knight Foundation and by grants from foundations and corporations, which have included The New York Times, The Starr Foundation, Reuters Foundation, Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc., the World Bank, Citigroup and NASDAQ Education Foundation.

The 2002-2003 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism are:

Mickey Butts, 33, is a freelance book editor and magazine writer in San Francisco. His writing has appeared in such publications as Salon, The Nation, Wired, the Financial Times and the San Francisco Chronicle. He was a founder and executive editor at The Industry Standard, and previously was assistant managing editor at Parenting magazine and managing editor of the East Bay Monthly. He has a master's of journalism degree from the University of California at Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in comparative literature from Brown University.

Marilen A. Cawad, 28, is a news reporter/producer for GMA Network in the Philippines and a contributing correspondent for CNN World Report. She graduated from University of the Philippines in 1995 with a degree in broadcast communication and has since worked for GMA, the leading broadcast organization in the country and local partner of CNN. She has covered various issues ranging from political affairs to the environment and, since 1998, has concentrated on the business beat.

Lauren Coleman-Lochner, 39, is the retail reporter for The Record (Bergen County, N.J.), where she has worked since 1994. She started there as a part-time editorial assistant after freelancing for publications including The Daily News and the Charlotte Observer. She has earned degrees from the University of Pennsylvania, Rutgers University and Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, and is an active member of the Columbia Journalism Alumni Association's executive board.

Carleen Hawn, 31, is an associate editor at Forbes covering enterprise software and venture capital from the Silicon Valley bureau. A graduate of Barnard College, she began her career in 1993 as a reporter/fact-checker for the New York Observer and joined Forbes in 1996 as a reporter. She was rapidly promoted to senior reporter and then again to staff writer before moving two years ago to California, where she created the magazine's "Midas List," an annual index of the 100 most influential venture capitalists.

Tim Larimer, 42, joined Time in 1996 as the weekly magazine's Hanoi bureau chief and in 1999 became its Tokyo bureau chief. He received a B.S. in journalism from Northwestern University in 1982 and then wrote for the San Jose Mercury News for eight years. He has freelanced from Washington, D.C., for Washington Post Magazine and from Vietnam for The New York Times and The Economist magazine before joining Time.

Leon Lazaroff, 40, is a senior writer for The Daily Deal and for the past three years has covered mergers and acquisitions in the telecommunications and energy industries. Previously, he has reported from Madrid, Spain, for the Associated Press, from Houston for the Houston Post, and from Hermosillo, Mexico, for The Arizona Daily Star. He has also freelanced from New York City and from Mexico City for many newspapers, including the Christian Science Monitor, the New York Observer, and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He graduated with a B.A. in History from University of Wisconsin in 1985.

Emilie Lounsberry, 47, is legal affairs reporter for the Philadelphia Inquirer where she's been reporting since 1982. While a student at Temple University, where she graduated in 1979 with a B.A. in journalism, she started out covering trials for the Daily Intelligencer in suburban Philadelphia. She worked briefly at the Philadelphia Bulletin before it folded and was then hired by the Inquirer.

Raphael Minder, 30, is the Paris correspondent for Ft.com, the online service of Financial Times. Before joining the FT in 2000, he reported seven years for Bloomberg News from Zurich, Brussels and Madrid. A native of Switzerland, he is fluent in English, French, German and Spanish, and earned a B.A. honors degree in politics, philosophy and economics from Queen's College, Oxford University, in 1992.

Amit Prakash, 35, reports on economics, foreign exchange and banking from Singapore as senior correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires. He joined Dow Jones in 1996 as a correspondent based in New Delhi, and transferred to Singapore in 1998. After receiving a B.A. in economics from the University of Delhi, India, he started his career in 1989 as a junior reporter with the Indian Post in New Delhi. Over the next seven years, he worked for leading publications, including the magazine Illustrated Weekly of India, The Pioneer (newspaper) and Outlook magazine. From India, he also freelanced for UK's Sunday Telegraph and wrote a column for Pakistan's News on Sunday.

Sakina Spruell, 31, is a senior editor at Black Enterprise, responsible for assigning and editing business news stories and content for the magazine's Web site. Previously she worked as a staff writer at the Home News Tribune and as a reporter and producer with New Jersey's CNN Headline News Local Edition. Her career includes stints as a Weekend News Anchor at National Public Radio, WBLS-FM (N.Y.) radio and the Sally Jessie Raphael Show. She is a 1993 graduate of Rutgers University.

Applications for the 2003-2004 academic year are now being accepted. Additional information is available on the School of Journalism website or by calling (212) 854-6840, or sending an e-mail message to tat5@columbia.edu.

"Writing About Business: The New Columbia Knight-Bagehot Guide to Economics and Business Journalism" (Columbia University Press) draws on the experiences of 40 of the nation's finest journalists and serves as a comprehensive guide to writing about business and economics. The book's contributors -- all alumni of the Knight-Bagehot Fellowship -- include reporters and editors from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Business Week and Barron's as well as business executives and consultants, academics and authors. The book is available from online and regular bookstores, or from Columbia University Press at 800-944-8648.

Published: May 15, 2002
Last modified: Sep 18, 2002

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