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Metcalf Institute awards environmental fellowships

Posted 9/8/08

NARRAGANSETT – The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded the 2008-2009 Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting to five journalists.

The 2008-2009 Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellows are: Azadeh Ansari, morning news writer, KTVU-TV in San Francisco, Calif.; Hamida Kinge, press and marketing manager, Brooklyn Arts Exchange in New York City; Michelle Ma, environment, health, and social issues reporter, The Daily Triplicate in Crescent City, Calif.; Brentin Mock, staff writer for Intelligence Report magazine and Bina Venkataraman, reporting intern at The New York Times.

The Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting are for early-career, minority journalists. The program includes four weeks of independent study in environmental science at the University of Rhode Island, including a workshop on environmental justice.

The fellows will each work for nine months reporting on science and the environment at one of five outlets, including: CNN; Next American City; The Seattle Times; The American Prospect and The Boston Globe.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, named for Michael P. Metcalf, late publisher of The Providence Journal, was established in 1997 with funding from the Belo Corp., The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Philip L. Graham Fund and the Telaka Foundation. •

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