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Columbia Graduate Andrés Caballero Receives NPR 'Above The Fray Fellowship'

NPR AND THE JOHN ALEXANDER PROJECT SELECT ABOVE THE FRAY INTERNATIONAL REPORTING FELLOW ANDRÉS CABALLERO

October 10, 2013; Washington, D.C. – NPR and the John Alexander Project are proud to announce the fourth recipient of their joint international reporting program, the Above the Fray Fellowship. Andrés Caballero, a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism with experience at Latino USA, was chosen from hundreds of applicants.

The three-month Above the Fray Fellowship is designed to give one promising journalist the opportunity to cover important but under-reported stories from a location abroad. Caballero was selected for his proposal to travel to Cameroon to report on a fast-growing Pentecostal community in the area, and recent tensions between it and the government. He will travel there this winter to tell a story at the intersection of church and state, examining whether Pentecostal pastors are abusing the freedom to worship or if the state is abusing the church's freedom to operate. Beginning early next year, Caballero will file reports on-air and online for NPR.

Caballero most recently worked as a producer for the NPR-distributed weekly program Latino USA where he both reported stories and assisted with show operations, and has previous journalism experience as a contributor to Spanish-language publications such as El Diario La Prensa and the Chicago Tribune's Vivelo Hoy. He is also currently co-directing a documentary feature film, following a year in the life of a Patagonian sheepherder recruited to work for three years in a completely isolated area of Idaho. Caballero earned a B.A. in Political Science from Notre Dame de Namur University, and a M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University.

The Above the Fray Fellowship was launched in 2010 to honor the memory of John Alexander, a young journalist who died of sudden heart failure in 2007 while on assignment in Chongqing, China. Alexander was reporting for the Koppel On Discovery series at the time; he also previously worked for NPR. Details about the Above the Fray Fellowship may be found online at NPR.org. Learn more about John Alexander by visiting www.thejohnalexanderproject.org

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