BIOS: Kiplinger Fellows 2013

 BIOS: Kiplinger Fellows 2013 Ujjwal Acharya, Republica Daily Ujjwal Acharya is a leading online journalist in Nepal, with a history of being a pioneer blogger. He set up a sports website for cricket in 2001 and championed blogging for democracy in 2004-­‐5. He also helped create Nepal’s premier news website,, after leaving a job as the sports bureau coordinator at The Kathmandu Post daily, where he worked as a print journalist for eight years. An active social media user, journalism teacher/trainer and advocate of freedom of expression, Ujjwal chairs the Digital Media Committee at the Federation of Nepali Journalists – an umbrella organization of 8,000 journalists. Twitter: @UjjwalAcharya Lion Calandra, Lion Calandra joined as a senior editor in 2010. Previously, she spent 18 years as an editor at the New York Daily News, where she served as a member of the paper’s editorial board. She honed her editing and writing skills at The Wall Street Journal, Crain’s New York Business and the Columbia Journalism Review. Her writing has appeared on,, and in the New York Daily News, The New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor and Columbia Journalism Review. Lion is a Guggenheim Fellow from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Jennings Fellow with the National Constitution Center. Raju Chebium, Gannett Company Raju Chebium covers Congress for Gannett. He tracks delegations from California, Colorado, Oregon and Guam – covering issues important to those areas. He also has served as the New Jersey correspondent and national education writer at the Gannett Washington Bureau. Before joining Gannett in 2001, he was a reporter for The Associated Press and legal-­‐affairs writer for He has reported from his native India, Appalachia and New Jersey. He was the first journalist to alert the world to the 1996 ValuJet crash in the Florida Everglades. Twitter: @rchebium Hena Cuevas, Univision Hena Cuevas is a correspondent for Univision in Los Angeles. She has won the Emmy, Golden Mike, Imagen and Genesis awards. She has trained journalists in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Haiti, Indonesia, Panama, Peru and Nicaragua. A Fulbright scholar, Cuevas worked as a producer/correspondent for CNN, as well as assignment editor and anchor for CNN EN ESPAÑOL. She has also been a U.S.-­‐based correspondent for stations in Chile, Spain and Venezuela. Cuevas has native-­‐language proficiency in English and Spanish. She was born and raised in Panama City, Panama. Twitter: @Henac Nigel Duara, The Associated Press Nigel Duara is a reporter in the Portland, Ore., bureau of The Associated Press, with a concentration on law enforcement, courts and terrorism. Duara has spent two years in Oregon writing enterprise stories on medical marijuana, an attempted bomb plot and the secret files of the Boy Scouts of America. He was previously the wire service’s correspondent in Iowa City. Before joining the AP, Duara covered a host of beats at the Montgomery Advertiser and was the Des Moines Register’s night cops reporter. He is a 2005 graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism. Twitter: @nigelduara. Amie Ferris-­‐Rotman, Reuters Amie Ferris-­‐Rotman is senior correspondent at Reuters in Afghanistan, where she focuses on the struggles Afghan women face 11 years into the NATO-­‐led war. She joined Reuters in 2006, earning a spot on its competitive training scheme. She then worked in the Moscow bureau for five years, first as an energy reporter and later as political correspondent, covering the Islamist insurgency in the North Caucasus. Previously, she was a steel reporter for an online trade magazine in London. She has reported from 10 countries, and has a B.A. and M.A. in Russian Studies from University College London. Twitter: @Amiefr_Reuters Roseanne Gerin, China Radio International Roseanne Gerin is a senior news editor at China Radio International in Beijing, where she edits stories for CRI’s English-­‐language website, mobile platform and broadcast programs. She formerly was an editorial consultant at Beijing Review magazine, where she worked with the business and world news teams and provided journalism training. Previously, Gerin was a staff writer at Washington Technology magazine, covering systems integrators and telecom companies competing for government contracts. Before her Washington stint, she worked in Poland at the Warsaw Business Journal as the paper’s IT, Internet and telecom reporter, and later moved up to news editor, managing editor and editor in chief. Jan Goodwin, author of two books and senior writer, various national publications Jan Goodwin is an author and writer for national publications including The New York Times, The Nation, Harper’s Bazaar, Discover, MORE Magazine, Ladies’ Home Journal, Glamour, Reader’s Digest and Utne. Topics include investigative reportage, social justice, war, conflict and human rights, medicine and health. She is a Senior Fellow at Brandeis University’s Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism. Goodwin is the author of two books : Price of Honor, which examines how Islamic extremism is affecting the lives of women; and Caught in the Crossfire, for which she spent three months traveling with the Afghan mujahideen behind enemy lines during the protracted Afghan war. Twitter: @jangoodwin David Gurien, CNN International David Gurien is a veteran television and online journalist with extensive experience in local and international newswriting and production. He is a senior writer and news editor for CNN International, whose work reaches an average daily viewership of a quarter-­‐billion people worldwide. He also has written international news and feature articles and photo essays for, the world’s second-­‐most viewed news website. Gurien has worked in and/or traveled in some 30 countries on five continents. Through the U.S. State Department’s Speakers and Specialists program, Gurien has taught journalism ethics and practice to journalists in emerging countries including Turkmenistan, Slovenia and Botswana. Andrea Hsu, NPR Andrea Hsu is a producer with NPR’s “All Things Considered” in Washington, D.C. Since 2002, she’s worked to bring news and information to a national audience. She’s brought listeners stories about healthcare in rural Mozambique, about the growing carbon footprint of Chinese families, and about extraordinary everyday people. In 2008, Andrea led the NPR team that covered the massive earthquake in southwest China. In 2011, she was the supervising producer of the “All Things Considered” series on women and childbirth. In addition to her work as a producer, Andrea also does her own on-­‐air reporting and takes half-­‐decent photographs. Twitter: @xuzhuping Martha Kang, KOMO News Martha Kang's aim as a journalist has been two-­‐fold: to become a better storyteller, and to adapt early to the changes reshaping the news industry. Early signs of the newspaper's demise led her to study broadcast news instead. She thrived as a TV news writer and producer until web news emerged. Martha became a web journalist in 2006, and immersed herself in the study of new media. Her self-­‐driven efforts were rewarded last year when she was chosen to spearhead her newsroom's social media strategy. Martha is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and to the preservation of the role of journalism as a pillar of democracy as it transitions into the next era. Twitter: @martha_kang Henrick Karoliszyn, New York Daily News Henrick Karoliszyn is a staff writer at the New York Daily News. Since 2008, he has reported the biggest crime and breaking news stories throughout New York City and reported around the country for national stories. In 2009, he was awarded the Society of Silurians Award. In 2012, he was awarded a fellowship at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a Jon Davidoff Journalism Award from Wesleyan University. Previously, he held jobs at Rolling Stone magazine and the New York Times. Originally from Montreal, he was raised in Queens, N.Y. Prior to journalism, he was a professional surfer. Twitter: @NYDN_Henrick Sayli Udas Mankikar, Hindustan Times Nine years ago, when Sayli Udas Mankikar started off as a city beat reporter, she set a goal of becoming an editor. She is now an assistant editor at Hindustan Times, India’s leading daily broadsheet with a 3.8 million circulation. She writes and investigates on issues related to government policy and politics from Mumbai. She studied journalism at the University of Westminster in the United Kingdom. In 2009, she won the prestigious Ramnath Goenka Award for her crusade in saving green open spaces from greedy developers in Mumbai. Issa A. Mansaray, The Africa Paper Issa A. Mansaray is the founder of the Africa Institute for International Reporting (AIIR) a nonprofit organization to support journalists and media education in developing countries. Issa is also editor of The AfricaPaper – – with a national and international readership. Born in Sierra Leone, he has traveled through Africa, Europe and the United States reporting on press freedom, socioeconomic development and human rights. He is a frequent contributor to international and national magazines and newspapers including the Minnesota Spokesman-­‐Recorder. He has a master’s from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Twitter: @theafricapaper Michael J. Mishak, Los Angeles Times Michael J. Mishak is a statehouse reporter for the Los Angeles Times, where he tweets, blogs, and writes investigative and analysis stories about California politics. His reporting prompted Gov. Jerry Brown’s administration to write the state’s first-­‐ever rules to regulate fracking; another story revealed how Brown fired regulators who challenged his demand to ease key rules for oil companies that contributed to his campaign. Before moving to Sacramento in 2010, Mishak covered politics and labor for the Las Vegas Sun, where he contributed to a Pulitzer Prize-­‐winning series about construction worker deaths on the Strip. The Nevada Press Association named him the state’s best young journalist. Twitter: @mjmishak Manuel Moreno Molina, NetMediaEurope Since 2006, Manuel Moreno Molina has been editorial manager at NetMediaEurope, heading a team of 12 journalists who publish six IT and economics websites in Europe, such as eWEEK, The Inquirer and Gizmodo. In 2009, he launched on his own, the most important website about social media and digital journalism in Spanish, usually said to be the Spanish Mashable. He gives digital journalism presentations at conferences, contributes to radio programs and teaches Journalism 2.0 in a business school. He is writing a book about social media journalism. He started his career at El Mundo newspaper, where he worked from 2002 to 2006. Twitter: @TreceBits Lee Ann O’Neal, Texas Watchdog Lee Ann O’Neal is a new media entrepreneur who helped found an investigative news website, Texas Watchdog, in 2008. She edits stories, creates graphics and does computer-­‐assisted reporting for the award-­‐winning site, online at Previously, Lee Ann worked as government and First Amendment editor for the Asheville (N.C.) Citizen-­‐Times and reporter at the Tennessean in Nashville, where she covered City Hall and growth and development. She got her start in journalism at the Hustler, the student newspaper at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Lee Ann is from West Tennessee. David Plazas, The News-­‐Press David Plazas is the engagement editor of the News-­‐Press, a Gannett daily in Fort Myers, Fla. He oversees digital journalism and social media, champions local content and digital community engagement efforts, and serves on the editorial board. Plazas was founding editor of the award-­‐winning Gaceta Tropical, Southwest Florida’s first weekly Spanish-­‐language newspaper. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University. He was previously a reporter for the News-­‐Press. Plazas earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from Northwestern University, and an M.B.A. from Florida Gulf Coast University. Twitter: @davidplazas Marcia Pledger, Cleveland Plain Dealer Marcia Pledger has been a financial journalist for most of her 24-­‐year career. Currently a reporter for the Plain Dealer who covers technology, she’s the author of “My Biggest Mistake,” a compilation of some the 400 businesses she's featured. For the last decade, she's written a column sharing insights from entrepreneurs who reveal how they turned adversity into success, and recently launched a business etiquette blog exploring mistakes we all observe and occasionally commit. Marcia is a graduate of the University of Missouri who has served the National Association of Black Journalists as chapter founder and national board member. Twitter: @MarciaPledger Pamela M. Prah,, Pew Center on the States Pamela M. Prah has been a Washington, D.C., reporter for more than 25 years and an adjunct journalism teacher at American University since 2001. For eight years, she has been a writer, editor, news aggregator and manager at, where her stories about state elections were cited in the Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and on CBS. She has reported for Congressional Quarterly, Kiplinger, BNA (now Bloomberg-­‐BNA), and McGraw-­‐Hill, where she covered business and labor from the White House, Capitol Hill and regulatory agencies. She has a master’s from Johns Hopkins University and a journalism degree from Ohio University. Frances Robles, The New York Times Frances Robles has covered South Florida, the Caribbean and Latin America for nearly two decades. In 2013, she joined the New York Times, where she will be a joint national and foreign correspondent. She spent 19 years at the Miami Herald. A former Central America correspondent, she was bureau chief in Bogotá, where she covered government collapses in four countries, a civil war and specialized in social justice issues. Robles was a member of two Pulitzer Prize-­‐winning teams and was a finalist for two more. She was the programming chair for the 2011 and 2009 NAHJ national conventions. Twitter: @FrancesRobles Andrew Tilghman, Military Times Andrew Tilghman is a Pentagon correspondent for the Military Times newspapers. He began covering the military community as an Iraq correspondent for Stars and Stripes in 2005. Prior to that, he was a reporter for the Houston Chronicle, the Times Union in Albany, N.Y., and the Associated Press. A Columbia Journalism School grad, he won several awards for a 2010 investigative series on the rise in prescription drug use in the military, and its link to suicides and fatal drug overdoses, including the top prize from the Military Reporters & Editors journalism contest in 2011. Twitter: @andrewtilghman Josh Voorhees, Slate Josh Voorhees is an editor at Slate, where he writes about current affairs and runs the site's news blog, The Slatest. Before joining the magazine, he reported on energy policy and politics for Politico and Greenwire. Before that, he covered courts and crime for a small South Carolina daily. His work also has been published by the New York Times and Scientific American, and he has been featured as a guest on public radio in the United States and abroad. He is a graduate of Davidson College and holds a certificate in technology and communication from the University of North Carolina's journalism school. He lives in Iowa City. Twitter: @JoshVoorhees Pamela Weintraub, Discover Magazine Pamela Weintraub is executive editor at Discover Magazine, where she has worked since 2007. Stories acquired for Discover have garnered numerous honors for long-­‐form, narrative and investigative journalism. She is also author of “Cure Unknown: Inside the Lyme Epidemic,” winner of the American Medical Writers Association Book Award, 2009. Previously, she was consulting features editor at Psychology Today, executive editor at MAMM, and editor-­‐in-­‐chief at OMNI, where she held a variety of titles for 16 years. She is the author or co-­‐author of 16 books and has written hundreds of stories for national magazines. She was founding editor-­‐in-­‐chief of OMNI Internet, 1996-­‐1998. Twitter: @pam3001 
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