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Knight-Bagehot Fellows

Meet the fellows.

2022-2023 Fellows

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H. Claire Brown was a senior staff writer for The Counter, a nonprofit publication covering food and agriculture, which ceased publication in May. Her reporting has won awards from the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing and the Newswomen's Club of New York, and has appeared in outlets including The New York Times Magazine, The Guardian and The Intercept. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she currently lives in Brooklyn. 

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Sam Dean is a business reporter for The Los Angeles Times, where he covers a wide range of stories, including tech startups, supply chains, labor struggles, the food industry and broad economic trends. Before joining The Times in 2018, he spent five years as a freelance feature writer for a number of publications including the Verge, 538 and Lucky Peach. His work in 2021 won the SABEW Best in Business award for Best Range of Work in the large publication division.

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Kevin Flores is a founding editor and investigative reporter at, a noncommercial, reader-supported, worker-owned digital media outlet, where he has covered Long Beach, CA for the last five years. He reports on housing affordability, police accountability and environmental justice. In 2019, he produced and directed the short documentary series “Our Home Too” that captured both the pain and resilience of Long Beach renters facing displacement as the city rapidly gentrified. He also works as a breaking news reporter for City News Service, the nation’s largest regional wire service. The son of Mexican immigrants, he received his undergraduate degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach.

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Zack O’Malley Greenburg is the author of four books, most recently A-List Angels: How a Band of Actors, Artists and Athletes Hacked Silicon Valley, published by Little, Brown in 2020. A former senior editor at Forbes, Zack pioneered the publication’s coverage of hip-hop wealth and penned a dozen cover stories on subjects from Kanye West to Katy Perry. He has also written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. His Substack newsletter, the Zogblog, covers the intersection of music, media and money. A recovering child actor, Zack played the title role in the 1992 film Lorenzo’s Oil. He graduated from Yale in 2007 with an American studies degree.

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Abubakar Idris is a reporter based in Lagos, Nigeria, for Rest of World. He writes in-depth stories about technology startups in Africa, talent, venture capital, regulation and the impact of technology on the African continent. Before joining Rest of World, he worked at TechCabal, a Pan-African publication and also at Stears Business as a financial journalist covering the Nigerian innovation ecosystem, e-commerce and logistics. He has also written for Quartz Africa. In 2020, he was a finalist for the PwC Nigeria Journalist of the Year Award for SMEs Reporting.

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Ryan Kailath is a producer for an upcoming podcast series from Higher Ground, the production company set up by former President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, and is also an editor at KUOW, the NPR member station for Seattle, WA. A radio journalist whose work has aired on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, 99% Invisible, WNYC, KCRW and more, Ryan has covered business and economics on staff at NPR and at APM's Marketplace and has worked for public radio stations in New Orleans, Los Angeles and elsewhere. He has produced podcasts for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, ESPN, WIRED magazine and other outlets. He was raised in Stanford, California and Bangalore, India.

Meghan Morris is a senior correspondent on Insider’s tech features and investigations team. She focuses on companies in crisis and executive mismanagement. She led Insider’s coverage of WeWork and of Jeffrey Epstein’s ties to Wall Street, and she has reported on beats ranging from asset management to tech IPOs. She was previously the senior Americas reporter at the private equity real estate industry’s magazine, PERE, where she covered institutional investors, technology and sector trends. Meghan holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She teaches investigative journalism to graduate students at New York University’s Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute.                  

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Vivienne Nunis is a host of several programs on the BBC World Service, including Business Daily and Business Matters. The shows cover everything from company news and economic trends, to environmental problems and workplace issues. While she can usually be found presenting from a studio, Vivienne most enjoys taking the shows on the road and has broadcast live from India, Kenya and Uganda. She’s also worked as the BBC’s North America Business Correspondent, reporting for TV and radio from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, and as the BBC’s Africa Correspondent, based in Nairobi. Before moving to the UK, Vivienne was a reporter at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Andrea Palasciano is an economics and business correspondent in Russia for Agence France-Presse covering some of the biggest upheavals in the country's history, most recently the impact of the war in Ukraine. She has reported from remote regions of the Arctic all the way to Azerbaijan and has written on topics ranging from the energy sector to the effect of sanctions. She is the co-author and co-host of a podcast, “The Poisoning,” on the historic crackdown on Russia's opposition. Before Russia, she reported for AFP from Paris, Marseille and Rome. Originally from Italy and Germany, Andrea holds a B.A. and M.A. from Sciences Po Paris as well as an M.A. from École Normale Supérieure.

Paula Pant is the creator and host of the Afford Anything podcast, which has more than 20 million downloads and 3,000 ratings on Apple Podcasts. She is the founder of Afford Anything, a personal finance brand and website with more than 70,000 newsletter subscribers. Her work has been featured in The New York Times,, Money Magazine, Forbes, Kiplinger, Morningstar and more. She has spoken at many events, including delivering a Talk at Google on money management and guest lecturing at Georgetown University. Prior to launching a financial media platform, she was a reporter at the Colorado Daily. She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

2021-2022 Fellows

Ahmed Al Omran is a freelance journalist who currently publishes a regular newsletter about Saudi Arabia called "Riyadh Bureau.” Born and raised in Hofuf, eastern Saudi Arabia, he graduated from Columbia Journalism School in 2011. He worked for National Public Radio in Washington D.C. before returning to Saudi Arabia to cover the kingdom for The Wall Street Journal and more recently for The Financial Times. His work has also appeared in other major publications such as The New York Times, The Guardian and Foreign Policy.

Anuj Chopra has worked for Agence France-Presse (AFP), since 2011 when he was hired in Hong Kong. He currently serves as Riyadh Bureau Chief and earlier served as the agency’s Kabul Bureau Chief. Originally from India, he has reported from hotspots in Asia and the Middle East, including Syria, Yemen and Iran. His reporting has won several journalism prizes such as the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) award and the Human Rights Press Award. He has also received a fellowship from the Kiplinger Program in Public Affairs Journalism.

Mihir Dalal most recently covered internet companies for the Indian business newspaper Mint where he has worked for nine years and served as Bangalore Bureau Chief. Before Mint, he worked at Reuters and CNBC TV-18. His 2019 book “Big Billion Startup: The Untold Flipkart Story," was named one of the books of the year by TechCrunch. It won the CK Prahalad Best Business Book Award and the Gaja Capital Business Book Prize. A leading production house has purchased the movie rights of the book.

Viktoria Dendrinou is a reporter for Bloomberg News in Brussels where she covers the European Union. She has written on topics ranging from the eurozone crisis to transatlantic trade wars, banking regulation and, more recently, Europe’s pandemic response. Previously she worked for The Wall Street Journal as an EU correspondent and, in 2019, she co-authored a book on the Greek debt crisis, “The Last Bluff: How Greece Came Face-to-Face with Financial Catastrophe & the Secret Plan for Its Euro Exit.” Before moving to Brussels, Viktoria worked at Reuters Breakingviews in London and was a Nico Colchester Fellow at The Economist . She holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from the University of Oxford and an MSc in Economics from University College London. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece.

Esther Fung is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she covers the U.S. commercial real estate industry. Before moving to the U.S., she was based in Shanghai, where she covered China's housing market and economic policies. She grew up in Singapore and started her career as a business reporter for the local TODAY paper. She received a Bachelor of Communication Studies from Nanyang Technological University.

Laila Kearney is a U.S. energy reporter for Reuters, where she has documented the bankruptcy and shutdown of the largest East Coast oil refinery, air pollution monitoring failures and the 2020 oil market crash. Earlier she was a member of Reuters' U.S. Public Finance and National Affairs teams. Her work has earned prizes including a New York Press Club Award and the SPJ NorCal Chapter’s James Madison Freedom of Information Award. Prior to joining Reuters in 2013, she launched and ran multiple local news websites for AOL/

Omar Mohammed is East Africa Business Correspondent for Reuters based in Nairobi, Kenya. Earlier, he reported for Bloomberg News covering business, economics and politics in Tanzania, and served as East Africa reporter for Quartz based in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Omar spent a year in the United States as a Hubert Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at Arizona State University and also was an ICFJ Knight International Journalism Fellow in Dar es Salaam. He was a finalist for the 2019 Deadline Club Awards as part of Reuters coverage of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.

Christopher Otts is a digital reporter at WDRB News in Louisville, Ky., where he primarily covers business and economics at the intersection of state and local government policies. He is one of six former newspaper reporters and columnists writing for Before joining WDRB in 2013, he reported for seven years for The Louisville Courier-Journal, most recently on the paper’s business desk. He has won numerous local awards and was named best digital journalist in the 2016 Kentucky AP Broadcast Contest. In 2019 he created the award-winning Louisville news podcast, Uncovered by WDRB. Otts is a native of New Orleans and a 2006 graduate of The University of Alabama.

Cory Weinberg is a San Francisco-based reporter for The Information. He writes in-depth stories about startups, tech workers, real estate and venture capital, and has reported extensively on Airbnb, WeWork, and the tangled relationship between tech firms and the Bay Area. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for The San Francisco Business Times. He received a Best Young Journalist award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Kira Zalan is an investigative editor at the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), an award-winning, nonprofit investigative journalism platform. Kira coordinates cross-border projects and works with reporters at over 50 independent media outlets around the globe to help develop, produce, and publish investigations with a focus on high-level corruption and organized crime. Prior to joining OCCRP, she reported for, edited for U.S. News & World Report, and freelanced for the Global Investigative Journalism Network, Public Radio International, Rewire and Ms. Magazine. She is a graduate of the University of California Santa Cruz, the London School of Economics and Georgetown University.

2020-2021 Fellows

Josie Cox, the former business editor of The Independent, is a journalist and broadcaster from the UK who covers business, finance and gender equality. She grew up in Switzerland and started her career as a correspondent for Reuters in Frankfurt before moving to London to cover corporate finance. Prior to The Independent, she spent several years reporting on markets for The Wall Street Journal in London. Her work has been published by The Guardian, The Telegraph, Quartz,, Fortune, Huffington Post and The New Statesman. She is a regular guest on the BBC and a graduate of the University of Bath.

Olivia Feld was most recently senior U.S. technology reporter for The Telegraph in San Francisco. Previously, she was managing editor of Power Finance & Risk, part of Euromoney Institutional Investor in New York. Originally from the U.K., Olivia has also worked in broadcast news as a producer and assistant news editor at the BBC, CNN International and ITV News in London. In 2012, she covered the US presidential election in Washington D.C. for the BBC World Service. Her work has been published by the Los Angeles Times, the i newspaper and The Muse. She was the recipient of the Alistair Cooke Fulbright Award, holds an M.S. from Columbia Journalism School and a B.A. in Politics and Parliamentary Studies from the University of Leeds.

Dawn Kissi is a multimedia journalist and producer based in New York. She is the co-founder of the digital media firm Emerging Market Media where she serves as Publisher & Editor of the firm's flagship website, Emerging Market Views, a digital platform delivering financial news and analysis on the emerging and frontier markets for an audience of global market professionals. Dawn began her journalism career at ABC News, has been a staff reporter and producer at a number of financial trade publications, and most recently was a Special Writer for CNBC covering emerging markets and geopolitics. She was a 2017 CUNY Tow-Knight Fellow in entrepreneurial journalism and in 2018 was recognized by media industry trade group FOLIO as a “Top Woman in Media” in the category of entrepreneurship. Dawn is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School.

Jonathan LaMantia is a senior reporter covering health care for Crain's New York Business and its health care newsletter, Health Pulse. At Crain's, he covers the business of healthcare in New York City, reporting on hospitals, health insurers, medical groups and the health policy decisions that affect the industry. Earlier, Jonathan interned at Bloomberg News and Long Island Business News. He earned a B.A. in business journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Julia Love is a reporter for Reuters in Mexico City, where she covers business and migration. During her time in Mexico, she has written about tech giants' push into Latin America, China's influence in the region, the business empire of billionaire Carlos Slim and U.S. immigration policies. Earlier, she was a technology correspondent for Reuters in San Francisco covering Google and Apple. She also has worked for The San Jose Mercury News and American Lawyer Media. She is a graduate of Duke University.

Amanda Macias is a reporter for CNBC in Washington, D.C., where she covers national security, foreign policy, and the titans of the U.S. defense industry. As a member of the Pentagon press corps, Amanda has traveled with top U.S. military officials to countries including Afghanistan, South Korea, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. Before covering the business of war, she reported on the European debt crisis and NATO for Reuters in Brussels. She received a B.A. in broadcast journalism from the University of Missouri.

Asli Pelit is a multimedia journalist with the Voice of America in New York. She covers U.S. markets and reports in three languages (Spanish, English and her native Turkish). Before joining the VoA in 2017, she worked at Vice on HBO and USA TODAY Sports. She also has worked as a correspondent in South America for Turkey’s news networks CNN Turk, NTV and TRT (Turkey’s national network). She covered the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro and three Copa Americas (2011, 2013, 2016). She earned a B.A. from New York University in journalism and Latin American Studies and an M.A. from University of Havana, Cuba.

Darius Rafieyan is a producer and reporter for NPR’s daily economics podcast The Indicator from Planet Money where he’s covered everything from the economics of pepperoni to Tinder. Before joining NPR, he covered markets and finance for Bloomberg News and international politics for Al Jazeera English. He also has reported from Iran for The Guardian’s Tehran Bureau blog. He’s a graduate of New York University’s Gallatin School of Individualized Study.

Richard Blake Schmidt covers Asia's business empires for Bloomberg and its Businessweek magazine. Before moving to Hong Kong in 2017, he was based in Latin America, where he worked for Bloomberg's billionaires project and covered business and politics across the region, including Brazil's Carwash corruption scandal and protests against the World Cup. He previously reported from Central America and Colombia, freelancing for a variety of outlets, including The New York Times, Miami Herald and EcoAmericas. He has a master's degree from the University of Hong Kong.

Doualy Xaykaothao is a newscaster at NPR West, based in Culver City, Calif. She previously worked at Minnesota Public Radio where she covered race, culture and immigration. She also served as a senior reporter at KERA in Dallas, was an Annenberg Fellow at KPCC in Pasadena and has worked as a foreign correspondent based in Seoul and Bangkok. In 2011, she was the first NPR reporter to reach northern Japan to cover the Tōhoku earthquake and the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear meltdowns. Her work has won both Edward R. Murrow and Peabody Awards. Doualy was born in Laos and raised in France and the U.S.

2019-2020 Fellows

Jillian Berman is a reporter at MarketWatch, where she covers student debt and higher education. Her reporting on America's $1.5 trillion student loan problem has been recognized as a Gerald Loeb awards finalist and as a winner of the Education Writers Association's National Awards for Education Reporting. In 2017, she also received the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing's Larry Birger award, which honors business journalists under 30. Prior to MarketWatch, Jillian covered retail and food companies as well as workplace diversity for HuffPost. Her work has also appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg and USA Today. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan, where she was the news editor at the campus paper, The Michigan Daily.

María Eloísa Capurro is an economics journalist at the Búsqueda newspaper in Uruguay, and is also a freelance correspondent there for Reuters. She has covered major political and social local developments for the Mexican editions of CNN and Vice, and Brazilian media outlets such as O Estado de São Paulo and Carta Capital. She started her career at El País of Montevideo, after which she began her specialization in economics reporting at the Spanish newspaper ABC, where she worked in 2012. She has a communications degree from the University of the Republic and a Masters in Finance from the University of Montevideo.

Katie Jennings is a health care reporter for Politico Europe, based in Brussels, where she covers EU pharmaceutical regulation and public health issues. She joined Politico in 2015 as a New Jersey Statehouse reporter focused on health policy, insurance regulation and politics. Previously, she worked with a team from Columbia University School of Journalism on a year-long Los Angeles Times investigation on the gap between Exxon Mobil’s public position and internal planning on climate change. She has a B.A. from Brown University and an M.A. in health and science reporting from Columbia.

Hannah Levintova is a reporter in Washington DC for Mother Jones, covering politics with an eye towards stories about money, influence, and financial policy. Previously, she worked on the news desk at NPR, as an intern at the Washington Monthly, and as a Freedom of Information Act officer at a US federal agency. A member of the Mother Jones staff that received the 2017 Magazine of the Year award from the American Society of Magazine Editors, she holds a B.A. with honors from Brown University.
Larry Madowo

Larry Madowo is the BBC Africa Business Editor. He set up and leads a unit of nearly 30 journalists spread across Africa and London, covering Africa’s business, tech and innovation in English, French and Swahili. He has been a contributing columnist for The Washington Post’s Global Opinions page and written for and Forbes Africa. He was named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans 2018 by NewAfrican magazine. He has hosted his own television and radio programs and reported from 40 countries, and has some 3.5 million followers on social media.

Akiko Matsuda is a real estate reporter for The Journal News/lohud, part of USA Today Network, based in White Plains, New York, where she covers the business of real estate and development. Previously, she focused on government affairs and environmental issues. She was a gold award recipient in the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism competition and was an international reporting fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism. She received master’s degrees in journalism and environmental science from Columbia. Prior to moving to the United States, she was a TV news anchor in Sapporo, Japan, where she hosted evening-news shows and produced documentaries on topics such as independent senior living communities and sustainability.
Eshe Nelson

Eshe Nelson is an economics and markets reporter at Quartz, based in London, where she has covered Brexit, the euro-zone economy, global financial markets, and international trade. She developed several new coverage areas for Quartz, including a series of stories about sustainable finance and racial economic inequality. Previously, she was a markets reporter for Bloomberg News, where she reported on government bonds and currencies. She has a degree from City University, London.
Oheneba Ama Nti Osei

Oheneba Ama Nti Osei is the production editor for the pan-African news organization The Africa Report, based in Paris, where she juggles magazine and website production, with business reporting and managing two of the publication's main editorial features: regional and sectoral analysis of Africa's top 500 companies and top 200 banks. In 2018, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent under 40, as part of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, being observed from 2015 to 2024. A native of Ghana, she has an M.A. in International Relations from Paris-Est Creteil University and an M.B.A. from Southern Taiwan University of Science and Technology.

Andrew Rosati is the Bloomberg News economics and government reporter in Venezuela, where he’s covered the slide of an oil-rich nation into humanitarian catastrophe. His work focuses on the effects of hyperinflation and economic distortions on daily life, the Venezuelan migration crisis, and the military’s grip on society. Based in Caracas since 2012, he has previously written for The Miami Herald, produced spots for Public Radio International, as well as television features and documentaries. He holds a B.A. from Temple University, where he double majored in economics and Spanish.

Hamza Shaban is a technology and business reporter for The Washington Post, covering national and breaking news. Before joining the Post in 2017, he worked at BuzzFeed, where he covered technology policy from the Washington, D.C. bureau. Previously, he freelanced for a variety of outlets, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Verge, focusing on the politics of technology and business. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia.

2018-2019 Fellows

Maneet Ahuja, 33, is Senior Editor at CNBC and Co-Founder of Delivering Alpha, CNBC’s first conference initiative. Previously, as CNBC’s Hedge Fund Specialist and a Producer at “Squawk Box,” she covered high-profile stories such as Lehman Brothers’ insolvency during the financial crisis and briefed the Securities and Exchange Commission on the inner workings of the alternative investment industry. In 2012, she authored “The Alpha Masters: Unlocking the Genius of the World’s Top Hedge Funds” which sold thirty thousand copies and was published in five languages. She began her career working on Wall Street at the age of 17, and has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including Forbes “30 Under 30.” Her upcoming book is The Techtonics.

Thanos Dimadis, 34, is a financial correspondent covering the Eurozone and U.S.-EU economic, trade and business relations for Fair Observer. He also serves as executive director and elected general secretary of the Foreign Press Association of the U.S. Since 2010, he had been covering the Eurozone financial crisis as a foreign correspondent from Washington, DC and Brussels for the broadcast media organizations SKAI TV and ALPHA TV Channels of Greece. Previously, he had been the producer and presenter of several TV news programs and documentaries in Greece, and in 2014 published In the Daedalus of the Eurozone Crisis, documenting his coverage. Born in Greece and raised in Brussels, he has degrees from Panteion University of Athens, City University of London, and George Washington University.

Dor Glick, 32, is Europe Correspondent based in Berlin for Channel 10 News (Israel). Currently responsible for coverage of politics, economics and culture in the sphere between London to Moscow, he began his broadcast career in 2004 during mandatory military service for Israel’s national radio network, Galei Tzahal. Before joining Channel 10 in 2015, he worked as website editor and project manager for Goethe-Institut. He has degrees from Hebrew University of Jerusalem and London School of Economics and Political Science. Glick also served as parliamentary assistant in the German Bundestag.

Jenny Gross, 30, is the U.K. politics correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, where she covers Brexit and national security. After graduating magna cum laude from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, she freelanced from Johannesburg for the Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal.  She has also covered energy markets for Dow Jones Newswires in London. She is a recipient of an Overseas Press Club Foundation scholarship and was part of a team of reporters chosen as finalists for a Gerald Loeb Award in 2017 for coverage of Britain’s referendum on the European Union.

Kavita Kumar, 40, is national retail reporter for Star Tribune of Minneapolis, where she covers Target Corp. and Best Buy Co., two of Minnesota’s largest companies and among the biggest retailers in the U.S. A graduate of Columbia School of Journalism and Brown University, she interned at NPR, Dayton Daily News and Cox Newspapers. Before moving to Minneapolis in 2014, she spent ten years reporting for St. Louis Post-Dispatch, where she covered higher education and the retail industry.

Mark Maurer, 30, is associate web editor for The Real Deal, where he reports on New York City real estate, generating scoops on large property deals, development and financing. His reporting, which has won a total of four awards from the National Association of Real Estate Editors, includes an in-depth look at the Hasidic community’s New York City real estate investments. Before joining the media company in 2013, he was a copy editor/features reporter for The Newark Star-Ledger. Previously, he was a news reporter for The Jersey Journal. As a student at Pennsylvania State University, where he earned a B.A. in Journalism, he was senior film and music critic for The Daily Collegian in State College, PA.

Alicia Parlapiano, 32, is a graphics editor in the Washington, D.C. bureau of The New York Times. She reports, designs, writes, produces and edits print and online graphics, focusing on politics and policy coverage. Before joining the Times in 2011, she worked at The Washington Post, where she produced and coordinated graphics for the business and foreign desks. A contributor to three team portfolios winning Gerald Loeb Awards in the Images/Visuals category, she studied visual communication at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she earned a B.A. from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Robert Smith, 50, is a host and correspondent for NPR’s global economics podcast, Planet Money. He joined NPR in 2000 as an education reporter in Seattle and moved to New York in 2003 as a national correspondent. At Planet Money, he served as lead editor for the program 2013-2015 and in 2017 was part of the team that won a Peabody Award for an investigation of how Wells Fargo bank was punishing whistleblowers. A graduate of Reed College, he is a regular guest lecturer at journalism schools and radio training programs.

Casey Sullivan, 30, is senior editorial director at Bloomberg Law, where he launched Big Law Business, a publishing platform that features news, commentary, video, podcasts and events covering the business of law. Before joining Bloomberg in 2015, he was a correspondent for Reuters covering U.S. law firms and the legal market. Previously, he reported for Los Angeles Daily Journal and Seacoast Media Group. The recipient of numerous awards, including 1st place for Website of the Year in 2017 from the American Society of Business Publication Editors, he has a B.A. in English from Colby College.

Alicia Wallace, 37, is a business reporter for The Denver Post where she currently specializes in covering the business and policy of the cannabis industry. She has chronicled a multibillion-dollar industry enveloped in federal-state conflict, the implementation of novel state regimes, and the emergence of a federally illicit substance into mainstream marketplaces and business. As a business reporter for The Denver Postand, previously, for the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo., she has covered a variety of sectors, including tech, biopharma, natural products and craft beer. She received a B.S. Journalism: News-Editorial with honors from the University of Colorado-Boulder.

2017-2018 Fellows

Ben Bergman, 35, is the senior business/economics reporter at Los Angeles NPR News station, KPCC. He also regularly contributes business stories to national NPR and Marketplace programs and anchors coverage of major breaking news for KPCC. Bergman graduated cum laude with a B.A. in politics from Occidental College in 2004. During his senior year, he interned for The New York Times and CBS Network News. After graduation, he spent the next eight years as a producer for NPR’s Morning Edition.

Samuel Black, 31, is a journalist who has made award-winning documentaries for film, television, and radio. Most recently he produced investigative documentaries for Fault Lines, Al Jazeera English’s weekly current affairs program. Before that he worked at Alex Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions, where he co-produced feature-length documentaries about subjects including WikiLeaks, Eliot Spitzer, and Jack Abramoff. He has reported stories for This American Life, and was researcher on HBO’s feature film Too Big To Fail. A graduate of Yale University, he is the recipient of numerous prizes, including an Overseas Press Club Award for best international reporting dealing with human rights.

Matt Jarzemsky, 31, is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, covering private equity, bankruptcy and equity capital markets since 2013. He joined Dow Jones Newswires as a reporter in 2011. Previously, he covered commercial real estate for Institutional Investor News and interned for Bloomberg News on its markets desk. He has a journalism degree from University of Missouri-Columbia.

Matthew Kish, 41, reporter for the Portland Business Journal, covers sportswear, banking and general assignment news for this weekly business newspaper published by American City Business Journals. The winner of seven SABEW awards, his investigation about Oregon’s emergence as a hotbed for shell company abuse prompted the secretary of state to develop legislation to address the problem. He has reported for the Indianapolis Business Journal and The Arizona Republic, among others. He graduated summa cum laude from Ohio Dominican College, earned a master’s degree from Reed College, and teaches news writing and reporting at the University of Portland.

Karen Langley, 30, is a state Capitol reporter for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette,where she covers Pennsylvania’s governor and legislature, annual state budgets and public pension debates. As a student at the University of Notre Dame, where she graduated cum laude in 2008, she wrote and edited for the student-run daily newspaper, The Observer. She went on to intern at The Philadelphia Inquirer and then joined the Concord (N.H.) Monitor, where she worked as a reporter for three years before moving to Harrisburg, Pa.

Jonnelle Marte, 30, is lead writer for the personal finance section of The Washington Post. Before joining the Post in 2014, she was a reporter for Marketwatch, WSJ Digital Network and Wall Street Journal Sunday.  As a student at Florida International University, from which she graduated cum laude in 2008, she interned at the St. Petersburg Times, the Detroit News and the Boston Globe. She also worked for four years as a metro reporter for the Miami Herald.

A. Humeyra Pamuk, 36, started working for Reuters in 2002, while studying at Galatasaray University in Turkey for an M.A. in European Union Studies.; currently she serves as a senior correspondent for Reuters based in Istanbul. In her nearly 15 years at Reuters, she has worked out of London, Cairo and Dubai, covering everything from commodities and energy markets to Turkey’s failed coup, and has reported from hostile environments such as Syria and Iraq. She holds a B.A. in International Relations from Koc University.

Hindol Sengupta, 37, joined Fortune India in 2010; as Editor-at-Large for the Indian edition of Fortune, he writes from Delhi on political economy. He has worked at CNBC-TV18, CNN-IBN and Bloomberg TV (India), and is the author of seven books. Among his three upcoming books is a history of the Indian free market by Simon & Schuster. He was declared a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2017 and has been short-listed for the Hayek Book Prize given by the Manhattan Institute for economic writing in memory of the Nobel laureate economist F. A. Hayek.

Brian Spegele, 29, has been a Wall Street Journal reporter in China since 2011, documenting China’s slowing economy and its disruptions on the global energy sector. A graduate of Indiana University, where he majored in journalism and international studies and minored in Chinese language, he interned at the St. Petersburg Times before joining the Journal.

Andrea Wong, 28, has covered the dollar and U.S. Treasury market for Bloomberg since 2013. Her investigation on the secret Treasury holdings of Saudi Arabia led the U.S. Treasury Department to disclose the kingdom’s data for the first time in four decades. A graduate of Hong Kong Baptist University, she joined Bloomberg as an intern in 2010, and for three years covered the financial markets of China and Taiwan, with a focus on currencies and government bonds.



2016-2017 Fellows

Tim J. Craig, 40, is Afghanistan-Pakistan bureau chief for The Washington Post. In his 13 years at the Post, he covered local and state government in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C., before moving to Pakistan as bureau chief in 2013, where he covers the struggle against terrorism and how residents of both Pakistan and Afghanistan cope with war and economic uncertainty. He began his career as a reporter for The Baltimore Sun in 1999, after graduating from Gannon University with a B.A. in Communications English.

Edward Krudy, 39, joined Reuters in 2009 as a stock market reporter, going on to lead the Wall Street team for two years. Since 2013 he has been covering state and local government and municipal finance with a recent focus on Puerto Rico's debt crisis. British-Hungarian, he graduated with a B.A. in East European languages and regional studies from University College London in 2001 and an M.A. in history from the Central European University in Budapest in 2004. In 2007, he set up Thomson Financial's Budapest bureau ahead of the merger with Reuters, and before that worked for a number of Hungarian and international news organizations, including Interfax Central Europe and Business Hungary.

Stephen Kurczy, 33, is special correspondent for Americas Quarterly, the Latin America-focused magazine and news site published by Americas Society/Council of the Americas. Previously, he was Brazil correspondent for Monitor Global Outlook, a business publication of The Christian Science Monitor, where he was formerly desk editor. He also freelances for Fusion and has contributed to The New Yorker and VICE. After getting his start with The Day newspaper of Connecticut, he reported on staff for The Cambodia Daily and Debtwire, gaining journalism and language experience across three continents. He graduated from Calvin College in 2005.

Douglas MacMillan, 32, based in San Francisco, has been technology reporter for The Wall Street Journal since 2013. He was part of the team that received the 2015 Scripps Howard Award for Business/Economics Reporting for a series of stories exposing new risks in private tech investing. Previously, he covered technology for Bloomberg News and Businessweek. He is the first beat reporter for a major news outlet focused on Uber, Airbnb and other rising tech startups. He graduated in 2005 from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. in English.

Silvana Ordoñez, 26, is a Spanish-language personal finance correspondent and assignment desk producer for CNBC, where she writes, produces and presents CNBC-branded segments in Spanish for Telemundo. Before joining CNBC in 2012 as a news associate, she was a metro reporter for the Miami Herald. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Florida International University, where she was awarded outstanding journalism student of the year.

Tracey Samuelson, 33, is a New-York based reporter for APM's Marketplace, covering business and economic stories. Recently, her work has focused on the impact of international trade on the U.S. economy and public perception of trade agreements. In addition to Marketplace, her radio stories have appeared on NPR, including Morning Edition, All Things Considered, and the Planet Money podcast, as well as in print for The New York TimesNew York Magazine, and the Christian Science Monitor, among others. She has a B.A. from Williams College and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia.

Christie Smythe, 33, as legal reporter for Bloomberg LP, covers consumer, banking, white-collar fraud and other business cases in Brooklyn federal court. Prior to joining Bloomberg in 2012, she wrote and edited for, an online news service for corporate lawyers. Previously, she was a business reporter for the Cape Cod Times and a real estate reporter for the Arizona Daily Star. She graduated in 2005 with a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Timothy J. Stenovec, 32, is technology editor for Business Insider's consumer-focused technology site, Tech Insider. He reports, writes and edits stories focused on products, services, apps, streaming media and the future of TV and covers such companies as Apple, Netflix, Amazon, Facebook and Google. Previously, he reported and edited for The Huffington Post and was a reporting intern for The New York Times. He began his career working at a TV station in Colorado. He graduated magna cum laude from Colby College with a B.A. in History and earned earned an M.A. in Journalism from New York University.

Roshanak Taghavi, 34, focuses on U.S. security policy and economics, politics and culture of the MENASA region for Newsweek Middle East. After graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Business from Boston College, she began her journalism career in 2003, reporting on Iranian politics for Egypt's English-language newspaper, Al Ahram Weekly. For two years she was a correspondent for Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal and has since freelanced for a variety of news organizations, including Foreign Policy Magazine, The Christian Science Monitor and Al Jazeera English. In 2007, she earned a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University.

John Tozzi, 32, is a health care reporter for and Bloomberg Businessweek. Since joining Businessweek magazine in 2008, he has also covered small business and entrepreneurship online and in the print magazine. Previously, he covered community news in Queens for the TimesLedger chain of weekly newspapers. He graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Boston University's College of Communication in 2005.


2015-2016 Fellows

Justin Doom, 34, is a reporter covering renewable energy for Bloomberg News. As a student at Arizona State University, he worked on the campus daily for seven semesters. He graduated cum laude in 2002. Following graduation, he was a contributing writer for The Arizona Republic and the Arizona Diamondbacks, and wrote a weekly online column for Sports Illustrated. He returned to ASU’s Walter Cronkite School to complete a Master’s degree and work as an adjunct professor teaching courses in editing, reporting and news writing. He first joined Bloomberg as an intern in 2010 and covered finance and later commodities and energy markets.

Kim Gittleson, 28, is a business reporter for BBC News in New York, where she has reported or produced for all of its platforms – radio, television and online –since 2011. She has reported from over 20 U.S. states, the UK, Singapore and elsewhere on economic policy and business trends. In 2008, she graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she was president of Harvard’s radio station and an editor for the Harvard Crimson. She was a 2008‐2009 Fulbright Fellow in Iasi, Romania. She has been a contributing producer for WNYC and a contributing blogger for (now ChalkbeatNY) as a data reporter focusing on New York City charter schools.

Tiffany Hsu, 29, covers the California economy for the Business section of The Los Angeles Times, writing about labor, employment and trade. Previously, she held the retail, restaurants and alternative energy beats, covering data breaches, food safety recalls, minimum wage protests and solar installations. Her coverage of California small business won a “Best in Business” prize from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2014. She graduated from The University of California, Berkeley, in 2007.

Iris Kuo, 29, reports for Argus Media, an international energy wire based in Houston, Texas. Previously, she led green energy investment coverage for the tech news outlet VentureBeat and reported for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. Her work has also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and North Texas Public Radio. Fluent in Chinese, she graduated magna cum laude in 2007 from the University of Texas‐Dallas where she edited the college newspaper. She previously served as the Asian American Journalists Association’s Texas chapter president.

Carolina Mandl, 35, covers the banking industry for Valor Economico, Brazil’s leading business newspaper, where she started in 2002 as a junior reporter covering business and corporate governance. A graduate of Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Sao Paulo and Universidade Federal de Pernambuco’s Center of Applied Social Sciences, she has covered subjects from politics and regional inequality in Brazil to fixed income securities, private equity, fraud and corruption. She attended a program in international affairs at New York University in 2000.

Steven Overly, 26, is a national reporter for The Washington Post, where he writes about federal technology and energy policy. He previously covered the technology, biotechnology and venture capital industries in the Washington metropolitan area. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in journalism. During college, Steven was editor‐in‐chief of the daily student newspaper and spent his summers interning at The Daily Record in Baltimore, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the St. Petersburg Times in Tampa.

Jeff Roberts, 38, focuses on technology law and policy for Fortune. A Canadian lawyer‐turned‐journalist, he has contributed to other major newspapers and magazines, including the Globe & Mail, The Economist, The New York Times and Toronto Star. As a staff writer for Reuters, he reported on regulatory and privacy issues; and as a senior reporter for Gigaom and paidContent, he covered media and technology. He earned his law degree from McGill University in 2004 and a Master of Arts from Columbia Journalism School in 2010. He is a member of the Bar in New York and Ontario.

Cory Schouten, 33, is managing editor of Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ) which he joined as a reporter in 2006. Promoted to his current position in 2013, he manages a staff of 14 reporters and editors and directs news coverage and editorial strategy for print and digital content of IBJ. As a student at Indiana University Bloomington, he interned at Arizona Republic, Indianapolis Star and St. Petersburg Times. Before joining IBJ, he was a reporter for Sarasota Herald‐Tribune. The recipient of numerous journalism awards, he serves as Vice President of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

David Trilling, 37, is Central Asia Correspondent for The Economist, and Central Asia Editor for, a news website covering the former Soviet Union. From Bishkek and Moscow, he manages a team of 20 freelance contributors in countries ranked among the most inhospitable for journalists by press‐freedom watchdogs. He graduated from Tufts University in 2000, received a graduate certificate in photojournalism from the International Center of Photography in 2002 and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia in 2008. He has freelanced for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, and The Guardian, and his photographs have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers.

Jamila Trindle, 35, joined Foreign Policy Magazine in 2013 as a senior reporter covering the intersection of business and geopolitics. Previously, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal where she wrote about financial regulation and the economy, and a reporter/producer for the Nightly Business Report on PBS. Fluent in Chinese, she has freelanced, mostly from China, for NPR, Marketplace, The Guardian, PBS and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. She graduated magna cum lade from Amherst College in 2002.

2014-2015 Fellows

Nathan Becker, 27, is a copy editor and sports editor for The Wall Street Journal in New York where he was hired in 2009 as a breaking‐news reporter. He specializes in markets and finance news and has played a key editing role on topics ranging from Wall Street's big banks to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. After graduating from Truman State University in 2008, he interned as a business reporter for MarketWatch in San Francisco and Bloomberg News in Chicago.

Dan Bobkoff, 31, spent the last two years reporting on top business stories and trends for NPR News and the public radio show, Marketplace. Before working in New York City, he reported for public radio stations from Ohio and Massachusetts. He won the National Headliner Award and regional Edward R. Murrow award for his work as the Cleveland reporter on “Changing Gears,” a public radio project that explored the economic transformation of the industrial Midwest. He graduated from Wesleyan University in 2005.

Maria Danilova, 32, is the chief correspondent in the Kiev Bureau of The Associated Press. Born in Russia, she holds a B.A. in Linguistics from Moscow State University and an M.A. in Political Science from Central European University. She previously worked in Moscow for The Washington Post and The Moscow Times and joined the AP’s Moscow bureau in 2003.

Mark Garrison, 35, is a reporter and substitute host for Marketplace. Based in New York, he covers a variety of topics, including economics, media, transportation, retail, marketing and culture. His previous public radio experience includes newscasting for NPR, The Takeaway and New York’s WNYC, and he has worked for NBC, ABC and CNN. At CNN, he was senior editorial producer for Anderson Cooper 360o and part of the team that won Peabody and duPont Awards for coverage of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004 Asian tsunami, respectively. Garrison graduated from the University of Georgia with bachelor’s degrees in journalism and psychology.

Annalyn Kurtz, 27, a senior writer for CNNMoney, covers economic indicators and the Federal Reserve through breaking news articles, blog posts, data visualizations and “real people” slideshows. She is the winner of two SABEW Best in Business awards. As an adjunct lecturer at CUNY’s School of Journalism, she co‐teaches a course on covering the economy for graduate journalism students. While a student at Arizona State University, she interned at The Arizona Republic and Phoenix Business Journal. She graduated in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism.

Alfred Lee, 29, is a staff reporter for Los Angeles Business Journal where he writes about legal issues in industries including real estate, retail, health care and manufacturing. The recipient of many awards, including two SABEW awards and L.A. Press Club’s first place in News Feature, he has also worked for Pasadena Star‐News and Los Angeles CityBeat and freelanced for National Public Radio, Los Angeles Review of Books and Flaunt. He is a graduate of The University of California, Los Angeles.

Angela Moon, 32, is a correspondent covering Wall Street for Thomson Reuters with a specialty in financial markets. She analyzes and reports breaking news and trends in stock trading, market structure, exchanges and derivatives. She is also a regular contributor for Thomson Reuters Insider TV. Born in Seoul, South Korea, she graduated with Honors from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in English Literature and International Studies. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, she was a general news reporter for South Korea’s Yonhap News Agency.

Niamh Sweeney, 34, was working as a New York‐based freelance journalist for the Irish Times, Sunday Business Post, Fortune magazine, NPR, and Irish Independent when the Deputy Prime Minister of Ireland asked her to return to her native Ireland as his special adviser. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, Dublin Institute of Technology and Columbia’s School of Journalism, she moved back to Dublin in 2012 to manage the Deputy PM’s press and advise on foreign and domestic policy matters. In addition to freelancing, she has reported for Bloomberg Radio, The Street, and RTE News (Ireland’s national broadcaster).

Halah Touryalai, 31, is a staff writer at Forbes where she writes features for the magazine and web articles for about wealth management, asset management, banking and economic and market trends. She is also the author of The New Wealth Doctors, Wall Street’s Hottest Career, an e‐book about the shortage of young financial advisors on Wall Street. Before joining Forbes in 2010, she reported and wrote for Registered Rep. magazine. At Pace University, where she majored in English, she was the news editor of the University’s official newspaper.

Erin Zlomek, 30, is a contributing writer for Bloomberg Businessweek and speed desk editor for Bloomberg News, where she analyzes SEC filings to filter market‐moving disclosures. After graduating from Virginia Tech in 2006 and completing the Pulliam Journalism Fellowship, she joined The Arizona Republic where she was a business reporter until she joined Bloomberg in 2010.

2013-2014 Fellows

Anjali Athavaley, 28, covers commercial real estate for the Greater New York section of The Wall Street Journal, where she started as an intern in 2006. A graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, she also interned at The Houston Chronicle, The Washington Post and the Miami Herald.

Emmanuel K. Dogbevi, 44, is founder and managing online editor of, an online business news portal in Accra, Ghana, where his special interests are e‐waste, renewable energy and economic development. His articles on e‐waste dumping in Ghana have drawn international attention to the issue in that country. One of his articles on the topic has been included in a textbook (Cross Currents: Cultures, Communities, Technologies, 1st Edition, published by Cengage Learning in 2013). Winner of the Best Anti‐corruption Reporter Award of the Ghana Journalists Association in 2012, he holds a B.A. from the University of Ghana.

Roseanne Gerin, 45, has worked in China since 2007, most recently as senior news editor, China Radio International in Beijing. Previously, she was a staff writer for Washington Technology, a trade magazine about companies that sell IT and telecom products and services to the U.S. government. She holds degrees from Loyola College, Villanova University and Boston University.

Jeff Horwitz, 31, was hired by American Banker in 2009 after graduating from Columbia with an M.A. in Business Journalism. He has won five SABEW awards at American Banker for investigative and enterprise reporting, and was a finalist for a 2012 Loeb award. He previously worked for the Washington City Paper, the San Bernardino Sun and Legal Times, and freelanced in East Africa. He has also written stories for Slate, the Washington Post, Portfolio, the Atlantic, The Dallas Morning News and the Sacramento Bee.

Aaron Kessler, 33, is a staff writer for 100Reporters, a nonprofit journalism organization based in Washington, D.C. As a reporter for the Sarasota Herald‐Tribune, he partnered with ProPublica on an award‐winning investigation of contaminated Chinese drywall used in thousands of U.S. homes. He has previously covered subjects ranging from the housing and auto industries, to mortgage fraud, terrorist networks and other financial crimes. He has a B.A. from Washington University and an M.A. from the University of Missouri School of Journalism. His work has earned numerous national and regional awards, and he's twice been named a finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award.

Prem K. Khanal, 43, is associate editor of Republica English daily in Kathmandu, Nepal, which he joined in 2008 as business editor. Previously, he was chief of the business bureau at The Kathmandu Post. He graduated with an M.A. in Economics from Tribhuvan University in 1999 and served briefly as research officer for the Institute for Development Studies in Kathmandu before beginning his 12‐year career in journalism. His stories on corruption and the misuse of public funds earned him an Outstanding Performance Award in 2004 from Kantipur Publications, the largest media organization in Nepal.

Margot Sanger‐Katz, 33, is health care correspondent for National Journal, the Washington, D.C. politics and policy magazine. A graduate of Yale University and Columbia Journalism School, she previously wrote or edited for Concord (New Hampshire) Monitor, Yale Alumni Magazine and Legal Affairs magazine.

Spencer Soper, 39, is a senior business reporter for The Morning Call in Allentown, PA, where he has worked since 2005. Previously, he was reporter for newspapers in California and New York. He has won numerous journalism prizes, including a Gerald Loeb Award in 2012 for stories that exposed difficult working conditions in an warehouse near Allentown. He graduated with a B.A. in English from the State University of Albany, New York in 1995.

Peter Svensson, 40, is a technology writer for The Associated Press. Born and raised in Sweden, he has served in the country's military intelligence and been a U.N. peacekeeper in Croatia. He studied journalism at Stockholm University and photography and multimedia at New York University. His 2007 investigation uncovered how Comcast interfered with subscribers’ Internet traffic, fueling lawsuits and debates over Net Neutrality.

Amy Yee, 38, a freelance journalist based in New Delhi, India, focuses on development, business approaches to reducing poverty and stories with social impact. A graduate of Wellesley College, she got her start in business journalism in 1999 as a reporter for The Financial Times based in New York. In 2006, she moved to New Delhi and covered for the FT until 2008. As a freelancer, she writes for The New York Times, The Economist, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, The Lancet, Forbes and other publications. Two of her articles in the International Herald Tribune were selected as finalists for the U.S.‐based South Asian Journalists' Association.