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 Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Reuters, SmartMoney Magazine and Bloomberg News.
The mid-career fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend of $45,000 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 in August. The program is open to journalists with at least four years' experience.
Founded in 1975, the fellows program is named for John S. and James L. Knight, brothers who established the Knight Foundation, and Walter Bagehot (pronounced baj-et), the 19 th-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 Knight Foundation and by grants from foundations and corporations, which have included The New York Times, McGraw-Hill Companies, Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation, Inc., Citigroup and Dow Jones & Co. Applications for the 2005-2006 academic year are now being accepted.
This year's fellows are: Tracy Zhifang Cui of China Central Television (CCTV), Eleena de Lisser of The Wall Street Journal, Jake Keaveny of Reuters, Joshua Levitt of the Financial Times of London, Carlos Lozada of Foreign Policy Magazine, Aparna Mukherjee of Bloomberg Broadcast/News, Stephen Ohlemacher of The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sally Sherry of KGTV (ABC affiliate) in San Diego, Joanna Slater of the Asian Wall Street Journal and Far Eastern Economic Review, and Richard C. ten Wolde of SmartMoney.
Brief biographies follow.
Tracy Zhifang Cui, 31, works for China Central Television (CCTV) in Beijing where she co-founded the popular business TV magazine, "Dialogue," and serves as its editor-in-chief. She graduated from Shanxi University in 1995 and in 1997 from Beijing Broadcasting Institute, where she earned a dual B.A. in literature and journalism. Before joining CCTV, China's largest national TV station, she worked as a part-time journalist at Shanxi Daily, Beijing Daily and Beijing Satellite Television. She has been a Visiting Scholar in the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.
Eleena de Lisser, 36, is a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal based in New York City. She joined the Journal in 1993 and before taking on her current assignment on the travel industry beat, she covered marketing, airlines, banking and small business. After graduating in 1989 from the University of Pennsylvania, she reported for The Asbury Park Press in Neptune, N.J., and for The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, VA.
Jake Keaveny, 35, covers Wall Street for Reuters and spent much of the last year as the lead reporter for stories involving New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer's office. His first job was as a television reporter for the ABC news affiliate in Idaho Falls , after graduating from University of North Dakota in 1991. He moved to Latin America and reported from Argentina for TheEconomist and Bloomberg News before being hired to manage the content and production of an online media venture that eventually went bankrupt. His freelance articles have appeared in The Miami Herald, The Sunday Times of London, Institutional Investor and The Deal.
Joshua Levitt, 27, is a foreign correspondent for the Financial Times of London. For the past six years he has been based in Madrid, Spain. Before joining the Financial Times in 2001, he was a correspondent for AFX News, the financial news agency that is part of Agence France Presse. He graduated with a degree in international relations from Tufts University in 1998.
Carlos Lozada , 32, is managing editor of Foreign Policy Magazine in Washington D.C. Born in Peru, he earned a B.A. in economics and government from the University of Notre Dame in 1993 and an M.P.A. from Princeton University in 1997. Before joining Foreign Policy as an associate editor in 1999, he was an economic analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta. In 2003, during his first year as managing editor, Foreign Policy won the National Magazine Award for general excellence. His work has appeared in Christian Science Monitor, Commonweal, Washington Post Book World, American Prospect and others. In 2002, he was honored as a Global Leader for Tomorrow by the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
Aparna Mukherjee, 30, is a producer for Bloomberg Broadcast/News, responsible for booking, writing and producing the Emmy-nominated morning program Bloomberg on the Markets. She graduated from Bryn Mawr with a B.A. in English literature in 1995 and interned at The Philadelphia Inquirer. A former reporter for the Associated Press, she freelanced for a number of publications, including Business Week, Far Eastern Economic Review and South China Morning Post, before joining Bloomberg in 2001. She also wrote and edited for BusinessWorld, the Philippines' only business daily, as a 1996-97 Luce Scholar, and most recently, worked at German-language radio and television stations as a Robert Bosch fellow in Berlin.
Stephen Ohlemacher, 39, is a staff reporter for TheCleveland Plain Dealer covering the Ohio governor, state budget, public-employee pension funds and education issues. As a student at The Ohio State University, he wrote for the student daily newspaper, and after graduating in 1989, he interned in the Washington bureau of the Hartford Courant. He was hired by the Courant in 1990 and worked there for nine years before returning to his hometown of Columbus, Ohio. He was part of a team at the Courant that won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News for its coverage of a gunman who killed four supervisors and himself at the Connecticut Lottery headquarters.
Sally Sherry , 33, has been a news reporter for KGTV ABC Affiliate, San Diego , since 2000. She began her broadcast career at a CBS affiliate in Casper, WY, in 1995 and also anchored for an NBC affiliate in Palm Desert, CA , before returning to her hometown of San Diego. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and magna cum laude in political science and economics from University of California, San Diego, in 1993. For her work in broadcast journalism, she has received awards from San Diego Press Club and Society of Professional Journalists.
Joanna Slater, 28, is India Bureau Chief for the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review covering business, politics and technology for this daily newspaper and weekly magazine. She graduated summa cum laude from Smith College in 1997. As a student she held summer jobs at the Canada bureau of the Washington Post, at Harper's Magazine in New York and at Newsweek in Paris. In 1997, she was named a Luce Scholar and moved to Hong Kong where she started writing for the Far Eastern Economic Review. In 2000, she became the Review's Mumbai bureau chief and a year later began her current job.
Richard C. ten Wolde, 36, is a writer for SmartMoney where he regularly covers the mutual fund industry as part of the magazine's investments component. He graduated from University of Maryland with a B.S. in Journalism in 1992 and honed his skills working at newspapers, including the Washington Post and the Plattsburgh Press Republican. In 1997, he began reporting for Dow Jones Newswires, from which many of his stories were picked up by the Wall Street Journal, Barron's and other papers. He joined SmartMoney in 1999.