FRONTLINE and Columbia Journalism School Announce New Fellows

FRONTLINE (PBS) is pleased to welcome its new class of FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellows, including Nicole Einbinder and Leila Miller. Anjali Tsui, a member of the 2016 FRONTLINE/Columbia fellowship class, has again been awarded a fellowship and will stay on for a second year of reporting.

“Each year, talented fellows join us in exploring the issues of our times through investigative reporting,” said Raney Aronson-Rath, FRONTLINE’s executive producer and a graduate of Columbia Journalism School. “We’re so excited to build upon the past work of fellows like Anjali, whose most recent reporting on child marriage laid the groundwork for the first episode of our new podcast, The FRONTLINE Dispatch.”

FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism Fellows are selected graduates of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism who report transmedia projects for FRONTLINE that combine text, video, photography, audio and graphics across broadcast and digital platforms. The endeavor launched in 2015 with funding from The Tow Foundation and WGBH Trustee Amy Abrams and her husband David.

“Our partnership with Columbia University, and the generosity of The Tow Foundation, Amy and David Abrams, and the Abrams Foundation, are truly invaluable,” Aronson-Rath said. “Over the past several years, the FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowship has expanded and deepened our in-house investigative digital efforts.”

Steve Coll, dean of Columbia Journalism School and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism, emphasized the value of the fellowship for recent graduates.

"We are once again so thrilled to be partnering with FRONTLINE, the Tow Foundation, Amy and David Abrams, and the Abrams Foundation,” he said. “This has become one of our most prized fellowships, all the more so because of the quality and leadership in journalism that FRONTLINE continues to deliver."

Over this next year at FRONTLINE, Tsui, Einbinder and Miller will contribute to FRONTLINE’s increasing number of interactive and digital-first investigations, as well as report on their own enterprise projects.

Anjali Tsui is a 2016 graduate of Columbia Journalism School and has studied at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, where she pursued muckracking stories with an international focus. She is continuing for a second year as an Abrams Journalism Fellow. In her past reporting at FRONTLINE, she has covered ISIS, the campaign and presidency of Donald Trump, solitary confinement, the opioid epidemic and the criminal justice system in Connecticut. She has also contributed to in-depth, data-driven reporting on child marriage in the United States, featured in FRONTLINE’s new podcast. Tsui’s past work has appeared on CNN.com, CNN/Money, The Nation, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia City Paper and The Huffington Post.

Nicole Einbinder is a 2017 graduate of Columbia Journalism School and this year’s second Abrams Journalism Fellow, thanks to a generous grant from the Abrams Foundation. She has pursued investigations examining everything from violence against transgender women in Central America, to efforts in New York City to extend the right to counsel for low-income residents facing eviction. At Columbia, she was one of five graduates to be honored with a Pulitzer fellowship in support of international reporting. Prior to that, she helped document previously unreported massacres that occurred during the Salvadoran Civil War in the 1980s. She holds a B.A. in international studies from the University of Washington, and her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Seattle Times, The Orange County Register, Narratively and King 5 Television, the NBC affiliate in Seattle. Most recently, Nicole worked as a news and politics fellow at Bustle.

Leila Miller will join FRONTLINE as this year’s Tow Journalism Fellow. At Columbia Journalism School, from which she graduated in 2017, Miller’s reporting focused on labor abuses among undocumented construction workers in New York City. A native Spanish speaker, Miller told many of her stories at Columbia in both English and Spanish. Before arriving at Columbia, Miller earned a B.A. in Hispanic studies and politics from Oberlin College. She has reported from Argentina on the legacy of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish Center in Buenos Aires, an attack that killed 85 people and stands as the deadliest bombing in the nation’s history. Her work has appeared in The Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, El Nuevo Herald and KCRW, the NPR affiliate in Los Angeles.

The Tow Foundation, established in 1988 by Leonard and Claire Tow, funds projects that offer transformative experiences to individuals and create collaborative ventures in fields where they see opportunities for breakthroughs, reform, and benefits for underserved populations. Investments focus on the support of innovative programs and system reform in the areas of juvenile and criminal justice, groundbreaking medical research, higher education and cultural institutions. For more information, visit http://www.towfoundation.org/

WGBH Trustee Amy Abrams and her husband David, of Brookline, MA, are generous supporters of WGBH programs, including FRONTLINE. Amy is the President of the Abrams Foundation. FRONTLINE, U.S. television’s longest running investigative documentary series, explores the issues of our times through powerful storytelling. FRONTLINE has won every major journalism and broadcasting award, including 82 Emmy Awards and 18 Peabody Awards. Visit pbs.org/frontline and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr and Google+ to learn more. Founded by David Fanning in 1983, FRONTLINE is produced by WGBH Boston and is broadcast nationwide on PBS. Funding for FRONTLINE is provided through the support of PBS viewers and by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Major funding for FRONTLINE is provided by The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the Park Foundation, the John and Helen Glessner Family Trust and the FRONTLINE Journalism Fund with major support from Jon and Jo Ann Hagler on behalf of the Jon L. Hagler Foundation.

For more than a century, the Columbia Journalism School has been preparing journalists in programs that stress academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the school opened its doors in 1912 and offers Masters of Science, Masters of Arts, a joint Master of Science degree in Computer Science and Journalism, and Doctor of Philosophy in Communications. It houses The Columbia Journalism Review, The Brown Institute for Media Innovation, The Tow Center for Digital Journalism, and The Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma. The school also administers many of the leading journalism awards, including the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia University Awards, the Maria Cabot Prizes, the John Chancellor Award, The John B. Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism, Dart Awards for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma, Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, and the Mike Berger Awards. For more information, visit www.journalism.columbia.edu