The Knight Science Journalism program at MIT has selected 12 journalists from eight countries for its 29th class of fellows. The journalists will study science, health, environment and technology at MIT during the 2011–12 academic year.
The new fellows are:
- Alister Doyle, an environment correspondent for Reuters based in Oslo, Norway, specializing in U.N. climate negotiations and science;
- Dan Falk, a freelance science journalist and author based in Toronto, Canada. His work is often heard on CBC Radio, and he’s written two popular science books, Universe on a T-Shirt and In Search of Time.
- Pawel Gorecki, a science and technology journalist based in Warsaw, Poland. He works for Newsweek Polska weekly magazine.
- Hepeng Jia, a science journalist, who launched Science News Bi-weekly, China's first magazine targeting the science community, which is also the first magazine focused on investigative science journalism in the country.
- Eli Kintisch, a policy reporter at Science magazine in Washington, whose beat includes climate, energy, Congress and federal research. His book Hack the Planet: Science's Best Hope — or Worst Nightmare — for Averting Climate Catastrophe came out last year.
- Bill Lattanzi, a freelance writer, producer and editor, specializing in science programming for television. His work includes projects for Discovery, History Channel, National Geographic Channel and Nova.
- Vincent Liota, a television producer, editor and animator whose work has appeared on NOVA scienceNOW, NOW with Bill Moyers and Nightline.
- Joyce Murdoch, a former managing editor of National Journal magazine, a former Washington Post reporter and editor, and the author of two books, including a history of the U.S. Supreme Court.
- Van Roeun, weekend editor at The Cambodia Daily, the country’s first English-language daily newspaper, and covers the natural sciences, particularly agriculture, aquaculture and other connected environment issues.
- Helen Shariatmadari, a London-based television documentary maker, working for the BBC and producing films on a broad range of science subjects, from human ecology to fundamental physics.
- Maria Stenzel, a freelance photojournalist who covers stories about science, natural history, the environment and indigenous cultures in remote regions worldwide. She is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine, with a special interest in Antarctica.
- Evelyn Tagbo, Associate Technology Editor at BusinessDay, Nigeria’s only business and economic daily.
The new fellows were chosen by a committee comprised of Philip J. Hilts, director of Knight Science Journalism at MIT; Charles Petit, science writer and KSJ Tracker; Peggy Girshman, executive editor, online, Kaiser Health News; Jackie Mow, freelance film producer; and Michael Fischer, MIT professor of anthropology and science and technology studies.