Nieman Foundation Announces 2005-06 Fellows

By: E&P Staff

Twelve U.S. journalists, including Dexter Filkins, Baghdad reporter for the The New York Times, have been selected for the 68th class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University.

The fellowships are awarded to working journalists for an academic year of study in any part of the university. Here are the new fellows who hail from newspapers and their areas of study:

Chris Cobler, editor, Greeley (Colo.) Tribune: How a community newspaper can use the Web to guide new and younger readers back to the paper, and how it can foster a constructive conversation about changing demographics. Cobler is the Donald W. Reynolds Nieman Fellow in community journalism. His fellowship is supported by a grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation.

Mary C. Curtis, executive features editor/columnist, The Charlotte (N.C.) Observer: Examine the sociological, historical, and economic forces that have limited the role of minorities in the fine arts in the United States.

Dexter Filkins, Baghdad correspondent, The New York Times: The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, the subsequent engagement of the Islamic world by the United States, and the relationship between democracy and Islamic and Arabic culture.

Cathy Grimes, education reporter, Walla Walla (Wash.) Union-Bulletin: To study at-risk student populations and the social service and public education systems that serve them, and explore public policymaking related to education.

David Heath, investigative reporter, The Seattle Times: Examine the influence and consequences of federal policy on medical research and on the development and marketing of prescription drugs.

Nancy San Martin, world reporter, The Miami Herald: The history of conflicts, emergence of post-turmoil societies, U.S. role in development, and effects of globalization.

Charles Sennott, London bureau chief, The Boston Globe: The contemporary history of religious fundamentalisms in the three Abrahamic faiths and the role religion is playing in shaping the news from Washington to the West Bank.

Brent Walth, senior reporter, The Oregonian (Portland): The causes and consequences of the widening income and wealth gaps in the United States, and the ways in which the media cover issues of economic disparity. Walth will hold the Louis Stark Fellowship for journalists who specialize in labor, workplace, or related issues. Funding is provided by the Louis Stark Fellowship Fund in honor of Louis Stark, a pioneer in the field of labor reporting.

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