Ten Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism have been named by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism for the 2005-2006 academic year. They include journalists from The Washington Post, The Miami Herald, National Public Radio and Forbes magazine.
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 (SIPA). Fellows also attend special seminars led by scholars and business experts during the nine-month program. The program, which begins in August, is open to journalists with at least four years' experience.
"We look forward to welcoming the incoming class of Knight-Bagehot Fellows for a rigorous program of study," said Terri Thompson, director of the program. "These journalists, selected from a pool of highly qualified reporters and writers, represent the best and brightest in business journalism."
This year's fellows are: Paul Braverman of The American Lawyer, Helen Burggraf of Zenith International Publishing, David Cho of The Washington Post, Ismaila Dieng of Le Journal De L'Economie from Senegal, Gregg Fields of The Miami Herald, Loren Fox of Money-Media Inc., Bellamy Pailthorp of KPLU Public Radio in Seattle, Chana R. Schoenberger of Forbes magazine, Jenny Strasburg of the San Francisco Chronicle and Carolyn Whelan a freelance writer based in Buenos Aires.
Founded in 1975, the fellowships 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. Director Thompson, a former associate editor of U.S. News & World Report and former reporter for Business Week, is also a graduate of the program.
Funds are provided by an endowment from the Knight Foundation and by grants from foundations and corporations, including The New York Times, McGraw-Hill Companies, Merrill Lynch & Co. Foundation Inc., Citigroup and Dow Jones & Co.