Welcoming The 2017 Kroc Fellows Year-long NPR fellowship trains the next generation of public radio journalists
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Welcoming The 2017 Kroc Fellows

2017 NPR Kroc Fellows (from left to right) Carl Boisrond, Adelina (Addie) Lancianese and Adhiti Bandlamudi. Hugo Rojo/NPR hide caption

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2017 NPR Kroc Fellows (from left to right) Carl Boisrond, Adelina (Addie) Lancianese and Adhiti Bandlamudi.

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September 26, 2017; Washington, D.C. – NPR is pleased to introduce the 2017 class of Kroc Fellows, a program identifying and developing young, talented public radio journalists. Adhiti Bandlamudi, Carl Boisrond, and Adelina Lancianese began their fellowship with NPR in September.

Over the course of a year, Kroc Fellows work alongside some of the nation's most respected reporters, producers and editors at NPR and NPR Member Stations. They receive rigorous, hands-on training in every aspect of public radio journalism, both on-air and online, including writing, reporting, producing and editing.

Meet The 2017 Kroc Fellows

Adhiti Bandlamudi (Ah-dee-tee Band-luh-moody) is from Acworth, Georgia. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor's degrees in Arabic language and journalism. She has worked as a newscast reporter / producer for WABE 90.1, an NPR member station in Atlanta, where she reported on everything from local government to healthcare to local economies. Last fall, she interned at Marketplace PM in Los Angeles and pitched, booked, and produced host interviews for Kai Ryssdal, Molly Wood, and Lizzie O'Leary. In 2013, she was selected for the Critical Language Scholarship's language immersion program and studied dialectic and standardized Arabic in Oman. She enjoys baking, drawing, cross-stitching, and singing. She eventually wants to tell the stories of the underrepresented and creatively use sound to make those stories more poignant and thought-provoking.

Carl Boisrond grew up in The Bronx, New York and graduated from Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine in 2016. At Bowdoin, Carl majored in Africana Studies, reading and writing extensively about literary theory, social movements, and even David Simon's The Wire in the process. He briefly co-hosted a weekly music, comedy, and culture show called Mom Jams on WBOR, Bowdoin's small commercial-free radio station. After college, he joined the country's largest independent police oversight agency, the New York City Civilian Complaint Review Board, as an investigator. When Carl isn't at his cubicle, he enjoys finding a good pick-up soccer game at the park, reading James Baldwin, and watching Anthony Bourdain reruns. He's excited to begin a career in journalism at NPR because he has a passion for public service and a deep appreciation for news and storytelling.

Adelina (Addie) Lancianese is a graduate of the Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C., where she majored in Culture & Politics and minored in Justice & Peace Studies. Adelina wrote a senior honors thesis entitled The New News: News Producers, Internet Technologies, and the Politics of Electronically Mediated Discourse. She served for two years as program assistant for the American Pilgrimage Project, an audio storytelling partnership between Georgetown and StoryCorps. Adelina is a freelance reporter for The Washington Post, 100 Days In Appalachia, and the Beckley Register-Herald. She has contributed to two books about West Virginia history and culture. This summer, Adelina worked as an administrative assistant in NPR's content administration department. She is deeply passionate about social issues in her home state of West Virginia, the changing media landscape, and scouring antique shops for hidden treasures. Adelina is excited to explore multimedia storytelling during her Kroc fellowship, and she hopes to shine a light on working class communities across the country.

Kroc Fellowship alums are now in newsrooms across the country and the world. Previous Fellows include NPR voices like Sam Sanders, Aarti Shahani, Hansi Lo Wang and Ailsa Chang.

The Fellowships have been made possible by a bequest to NPR from Joan Kroc, widow of McDonald's Corporation founder Ray A. Kroc. In 2003, Mrs. Kroc left NPR more than $200 million, which — among other things — is being used to deepen and strengthen the NPR News and Digital Media Divisions.

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