The University Record, September 9, 1998

17 named Michigan Journalism Fellows

By Bernie DeGroat
News and Information Services

Twelve journalists from across the country and five from Europe, Asia and South America have been named Michigan Journalism Fellows for 1998-99. They share $450,000 in stipends awarded by the Michigan Journalism Fellows Program for customized sabbatical studies ranging from poetry to the role of religious fundamentalism in Middle-East politics.

Selected on the basis of past performance and future promise in both print and electronic journalism, Fellows engage in a full academic year of individual study at the U-M, where they take part in twice-weekly seminars centered around journalism and issues raised in academic research.

Directed by former Time magazine correspondent Charles R. Eisendrath, the program is supported financially with gifts from news organizations, foundations and individuals. Fellows are provided with full tuition and $30,000 stipends.

Journalism Fellows for the 1998-99 academic year, and their areas of study, are:

Hilary Appelman, correspondent, Associated Press (Jerusalem); the role of religion and fundamentalism in Middle East politics.

Marcelo Barreto, sportswriter, O Globo (Rio de Janeiro); the dramatic transition of sports figures from the ghetto to stardom.

James Bruggers, staff writer, Contra Costa (Calif.) Times; energy and transportation.

Eve Byron, reporter, Helena (Mont.) Independent Record; ethics, the Internet and the narrative.

Nancy Cooney, executive sports editor, Philadelphia Inquirer; political science and literature.

Diane Ettelson, producer, MSNBC. Health care from a consumer perspective.

Hayes Ferguson, Latin America correspondent, Times-Picayune (New Orleans); Latin American immigration and its impact on American culture, economics and politics.

Thao Hua, reporter, Los Angeles Times; immigration and its effects on the justice system in areas of affirmative action, labor and civil rights.

Seeogyoo Kang, copy editor, Joongang Ilbo (Seoul); new media and communication.

M.A.J. McKenna, staff writer and columnist, Atlanta Journal-Constitution; the scientific, cultural, economic and political factors of response to public health threats.

Robyn Meredith, correspondent, New York Times; business reporting in the post-Cold War world.

Cacilie Rohwedder, staff reporter, Wall Street Journal Europe; East-West relations in the post-Cold War era.

Jon Silverman, home affairs correspondent, BBC (London); the handling of Nazi war crime issues in England and the United States.

Steve Twedt, staff writer, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette; the impact of managed health care on rural Americans.

Liu Weiling, assistant director, economic news, China Daily; international markets.

Paul Wilborn, reporter and columnist, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Times; the impact of popular culture on social systems.

Sherri Winston, columnist and reporter, Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.); the art of storytelling in prose and poetry.

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