FRONTLINE is pleased to announce the selection of its new class of FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellows: Katie Worth and Anjali Tsui.
Launched last year, the FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism School Fellowship program selects graduates of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism to work as part of FRONTLINE’s cross-platform Enterprise Journalism Group, and report major transmedia projects combining text, video, photography, audio and graphics across FRONTLINE’s broadcast and digital platforms.
The fellowships are funded by generous multi-year gifts from The Tow Foundation, and WGBH Trustee Amy Abrams and her husband David.
“We’re so pleased to enter the second year of this fellowship program, and to build on the remarkable investigative work done by our inaugural FRONTLINE/Columbia Journalism Fellows – including Katie Worth, who is staying on for a second year to continue her reporting on stories that meet at the intersection of science and public policy,” says Raney Aronson-Rath, FRONTLINE’s executive producer.
“We’re grateful to The Tow Foundation and Amy and David Abrams for their support, and to Columbia for partnering with us in this endeavor,” adds Aronson-Rath, herself an alumna of the Columbia Journalism School.
“FRONTLINE is a vital leader in investigative reporting, deep narrative and bold innovation in the digital age,” said Steve Coll, dean of the Columbia Journalism School and Henry R. Luce Professor of Journalism. “We are thrilled to be partners and grateful to The Tow Foundation and Amy and David Abrams for their support.”
Over the course of the year, the fellows will report on their own enterprise projects, as well as contribute to FRONTLINE’s increasing number of interactive and digital-first investigations.
A 2015 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Worth is returning for a second year as the Tow Journalism Fellow. In her first year, Worth traveled to Brazil to report on the emerging Zika outbreak, and her reporting included a series of iterative reports published on FRONTLINE’s website as the outbreak began; radio pieces that were featured as part of a partnership with PRI’s The World; photojournalism published on Instagram; a lengthy multimedia story exploring the roots of the crisis; and a short digital film. In her second year as a fellow, Worth will continue to report on the surprisingly imperfect science of DNA testing, which she first published as a collaborative multimedia project with FRONTLINE, The Marshall Project and Fusion.
A 2016 graduate of Columbia Journalism School, Tsui will be the second Abrams Journalism Fellow. Tsui was part of a select group of students at Columbia who studied at the Toni Stabile Center for Investigative Journalism, where she pursued muckraking stories with an international focus. After graduation, she stayed on as a fellow for Columbia’s Global Migration Project, where she reported stories on immigration, global politics and gender. Tsui began her career covering breaking news in Asia as a reporter for CNN International in Hong Kong. She holds a B.A. in creative writing from the University of Pennsylvania and served as an editor at The Daily Pennsylvanian. Her work has appeared on CNN.com, CNN/Money, The Nation, Philadelphia Daily News, Philadelphia City Paper and The Huffington Post.
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 www.towfoundation.org.
WGBH Trustee Amy Abrams and her husband David, of Brookline, MA, are generous supporters of WGBH programs, including FRONTLINE. Amy is a 2016 Senior Fellow at the Harvard Advanced Leadership Initiative and the President of the Abrams Foundation.
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For over a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists with instruction and training that stresses academic rigor, ethics, inquiry, and professional practice. Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer, the School opened its doors in 1912 and offers master of science, master of arts, and doctor of philosophy degrees.