The University Record, May 23, 1994

Journalism program announces appointment of 2 U.S., 2 international fellows

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

The University of Michigan Journalism Fellows Program has announced awards totaling $325,000 to 12 American and two foreign journalists for a full academic year of customized study at the U-M in 1994–95.

The group includes two Americans working for British news organizations, and a three-time Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer from The Dallas Morning News, who was named to a newly endowed fellowship position.

“We were honored to receive $750,000 from Capital Cities/ABC to establish a fellowship named for Daniel Burke on his retirement as president,” says Charles R. Eisendrath, who directs the Fellows program. “And we are delighted to name someone of Bill Snyder’s distinction as the inaugural Burke fellow.”

Eisendrath, professor and former Time magazine foreign correspondent, says the program’s ultimate goal is to improve the quality of public information by helping top talent develop through study at Michigan.

The winning American journalists and their study areas are:

Leyla Boulton, Moscow correspondent, Financial Times; theoretical underpinnings of public policy in the former Soviet Union.

Ronald Fitten, social issues reporter, The Seattle Times; the effects of riots on communities.

Robert Frahm, education reporter, The Hartford Courant; poverty and inequality in U.S. schools.

James Miles, Beijing Bureau chief, the BBC; East Asia’s role in the global economy.

Jay Peterzell, investigative reporter, Time; international political theory and economics.

Donovan Reynolds, executive producer and director, Michigan Public Radio & TV; political history and philosophy.

William Snyder, senior staff photographer, The Dallas Morning News; African-American and East European history.

Michele Stanush, feature writer, Austin American Statesman; poverty issues.

Ulysses Torassa, law reporter, The Cleveland Plain Dealer; legal affairs.

Anastasia Toufexis, associate editor, Time; the effect of crime news on crime.

Michael Vitez, staff writer, The Philadelphia Inquirer; the short story.

Barry Yeoman, associate editor, The Durham Independent; the role of marginalized people in American society.

International journalists include:

Joonsuk Choe, reporter, The Chosun Ilbo (Seoul); U.S. consumer affairs.

Seong-bo Kang, reporter, The Kyung-Hyang Daily News (Seoul); international politics emphasizing comparative cultural forces.

Additional international fellowship winners will be announced later.