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Indian American awarded Johns Hopkins fellowship

Sumathi Reddy of The Baltimore Sun is among the eight US journalists selected for the fellowship.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2005 19:53 IST

Indian American Sumathi Reddy of The Baltimore Sun is among the eight US journalists selected for a fellowship awarded by the Johns Hopkins University's School of Advanced International Studies.

Reddy will soon travel to India to complete her fellowship. Reddy's reports include stories on the Indian diaspora, citywide issues, and the tsunami in Asia. She also received an award from the South Asian Journalists Association (SAJA).

The other journalists will travel to various other countries.

The International Reporting Project (IRP) Fellowships at The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) for the Spring 2006 period involve a 13-week fellowship aimed at encouraging coverage of international issues by the US news media.

The US journalists will focus on stories in Brazil, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Russia and Uganda. The IRP programme combines eight weeks of study in Washington and five weeks of individual overseas reporting.

This is the first time IRP Fellows have been selected to report in Brazil, Mongolia and Nepal. Since 1998, fellows have reported from more than 75 different countries.

The IRP Fellows for spring 2006, their affiliations and the countries on which they will focus are:

Phuong Ly, The Washington Post - Nigeria

Kelly McEvers, freelance radio, New York - Russia

Anna Panoka, WUWM-FM, Milwaukee - Mongolia

Sumathi Reddy, The Baltimore Sun - India

Elizabeth Shelburne, freelance print, Boston - Uganda

Barry Simmons, WTVF-TV, Nashville - Kenya

Bianca Vazquez Toness, freelance radio, St. Paul - Brazil

Doualy Xaykaothao, freelance radio, Bangkok - Nepal

Each year, two separate groups of eight US journalists are selected as IRP Fellows. Since the program began in 1998, 130 journalists have been selected for the program and have reported from overseas for scores of news organizations.

The spring 2006 fellows were selected by a committee of journalists that included: Matthew Algeo, formerly with "Marketplace" and an IRP alumnus; Don Belt, senior editor, National Geographic; Daphne Eviatar, freelance journalist and an IRP alumna; Alexandra Felsing, national editor, Charlotte Observer; Lonnie Isabel, former deputy managing editor, Newsday and Kathy Lally of The Washington Post.

First Published: Nov 29, 2005 19:53 IST