UN Foundation Announces Fellows for 2011 Press Fellowship

Journalists With Global Experience, Spanning 14 U.S. States

Washington, D.C.

September 8, 2011


Alexis Krieg

The United Nations Foundation announced today the names of press fellows who will participate in the 2011 United Nations Foundation Press Fellowship: Global Health, Global Challenges program in New York City. The fellowship will take place during the week of the UN General Assembly to provide the fellows with the latest information on pressing global issues and offer unprecedented access to high-level policymakers and experts.

“This fellowship brings together prestigious U.S. and international-based journalists who are on the frontlines of reporting and building awareness about global health,” said Kathy Calvin, Chief Executive Officer at the United Nations Foundation. “By talking and learning about urgent questions facing our planet such as chronic diseases, vaccines, maternal mortality, reproductive health, innovations like mobile health technology and important issues such as population, these journalists will have a behind-the-scenes look at some of the biggest global challenges and the work being done to address them.”

2011 United Nations Foundation Press Fellowship: Global Health, Global Challenges Fellows:

  • Martha Bebinger, Reporter, 90.9 WBUR, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tabby Biddle, Reporter, Huffington Post, Santa Monica, California
  • Torie Bosch, Future Tense Editor for the New America Foundation and Slate, Washington, D.C.
  • Nellie Bristol, Journalist, Health Affairs, Washington, D.C.
  • Kristen Consillio, Reporter, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii
  • Helen Coster, Staff Writer, Forbes Magazine, New York, New York
  • Mariama Diallo Crandall, Reporter/Producer, Voice of America, Washington, D.C.
  • Larisa Epatko, Reporter, PBS Newshour, Washington, D.C.
  • Michelle Eubanks, New York Times Regional Media Group, Montgomery, Alabama
  • Jason Gale, Health Reporter, Bloomberg, Singapore
  • Mark Goldberg, Reporter, UN Dispatch, Washington, D.C.
  • Stacie Hamel, Editor, livewellnebraska.com, Omaha World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Anup Kaphle, Online Editor for World and National Security, The Washington Post, Washington, D.C.
  • Fran Kritz, Journalist, Washington, D.C.
  • Frances Kuo, Reporter/Producer, NBC News Channel, Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Tom Murphy, Editor, A View from the Cave Blog, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Alexandra Nikolchev, Producer, WNET PBS, New York, New York
  • Carolyn O’Neil, Nutrition Columnist/Blogger, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tom Paulson, Host/Blogger, KPLU 88.5 NPR, Humanosphere, Seattle, Washington
  • Ross Reynolds, Senior Producer/Host, KUOW 94.9 NPR, Seattle, Washington
  • Debra Sherman, Correspondent, Reuters, Chicago, Illinois
  • Chris Sweeney, Journalist, Popular Mechanics, Chicago, Illinois
  • Gayathri Vaidyanathan, Reporter, Greenwire, Washington, D.C.
  • Tom Watkins, News Editor, CNN, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Tom Wilemon, Reporter, The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee

The 25 U.S. and international- based press fellows will participate in a four-day fellowship, from September 18-21.  Their program will feature a special focus on global health issues that will give fellows unequaled access to world leaders, UN experts, NGOs, health experts and practitioners and celebrity advocates who will report on the events and announcements being made during UN Week. The fellowship will also include access to the 2011 Social Good Summit. The Summit unites a dynamic community of global leaders to discuss a big idea: the power of innovative thinking and technology to solve our greatest challenges by igniting conversations between a live audience in New York City and thousands around the world participating via Livestream.

With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, this fellowship is designed to foster participants’ understanding of the issues surrounding international development and global health, and will provide the exclusive opportunity for fellows to participate in on- and off-the-record issue briefings, roundtables, and conversations with experts and high-level officials.


About the United Nations Foundation
The United Nations Foundation, a public charity, was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation builds and implements public/private partnerships to address the world’s most pressing problems, and works to broaden support for the UN through advocacy and public outreach. Through campaigns and partnerships, the organization connects people, ideas, and resources to help the UN solve global problems. The campaigns reduce child mortality, empower women and girls, create a new energy future, secure peace and human rights, and promote technology innovation to improve health outcomes. These solutions are helping the UN advance the eight global targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For more information, visit www.unfoundation.org.