UN Foundation Announces Fellows for 2012 Press Fellowship

Washington, D.C.

September 19, 2012


Alexis Krieg

The United Nations Foundation announced today the journalists who will participate in the 2012 United Nations Foundation Global Issues Press Fellowship program in New York City. The fellowship will take place ahead of the UN General Assembly and during the 2012 Social Good Summit to provide the fellows with the latest information on pressing global issues, while offering unprecedented access to high-level experts and policymakers.

“There has never been a more pressing time to get the full story on global issues,” said Aaron Sherinian, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at the UN Foundation. “This fellowship will bring together a group of world-class journalists to explore a broad range of global issues from disaster relief to infectious diseases and provide the journalists access to the experts and organizations who are working on these challenges every day.”

2012 United Nations Foundation Global Issues Press Fellowship:

•    Allyn Gaestel, International Freelance Journalist, Philadelphia, PA
•    Anna Therese Day, Independent Journalist, Boise, Idaho
•    Anne Elizabeth Moore, Writer/Columnist, Freelance/Truthout, Chicago, IL
•    Carol Jenkins, Independent Journalist, New York, NY
•    Caroline Preston, Senior Reporter, Chronicle of Philanthropy, Washington, DC
•    Chris Sweeney, Staff Writer, New Times, Miami, FL
•    Christina Bergmann, Senior Correspondent, Deutsche Welle, Washington, DC
•    Claritza Jimenez, Television Producer, Associated Press, Washington, DC
•    Dan Morrison, Correspondent/Contributor, National Geographic News/International Herald Tribune, Washington, DC
•    Gitika Ahuja, Coordinating Health and Medicine Producer, ABC News, New York, NY
•    Inmaculada Díaz Escribano, International News Reporter, Spanish Broadcast Antena 3, Madrid, Spain
•    Julie Turkewitz, Independent Writer, Bylines Include The Atlantic and The New York Times    Brooklyn, NY
•    Joel Kaplan, Associate Dean/Ombudsmen, Syracuse University/Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Syracuse, NY
•    Kenny Goldberg, Health Reporter, KPBS News 89.5FM, San Diego, CA
•    Kristen Consillio, Business Reporter, Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Honolulu, HI
•    Linord Moudou, TV/Radio Host, Health Reporter, Voice of America, Washington, DC
•    Mariama Diallo Crandall, Reporter/Producer, Voice of America, Washington, DC
•    Marie Claudet,    Associate Producer, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation/Radio Canada, Washington, DC
•    Mark Goldberg, Reporter, UN Dispatch, Denver, CO
•    Ndimyake Mwakalyelye, Reporter/Host, Voice of America,    Washington, DC
•    Rachel Daniels, Reporter, Charlotte Observer, Mooresville, NC
•    Richard Lui, News Anchor, MSNBC/NBC News, New York, NY
•    Tom Watkins, Online News Editor, CNN, Atlanta, GA
•    Tom Murphy, co-founder Development and Aid World News Service, International Development Blogger, Medford, MA
•    Zoe Fox, Social Good Reporter, Mashable, New York, NY
•    ZP Heller, Editor-in-Chief, The Interdependent, Philadelphia, PA

The 26 U.S. and international-based press fellows will participate in a three-day fellowship, from September 20-22, and will also include access to the 2012 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.