August 18, 2009
Anna Christopher, NPR
Students from Toronto; Delaware, Ohio; and Schertz, Texas
Selected For Prestigious Journalism Training Fellowship
This year's Fellows were chosen from more than 320 applicants, coming from 180 colleges and universities in seven countries, 45 states and the District of Columbia. They are:
Carolyn Beeler, of Delaware, Ohio. Beeler majored in Journalism and History at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism, during which she traveled to Australia to report on reconciliation politics with Aborigines. She has also freelanced for US Weekly and interned at National Geographic Traveler.
Habiba Nosheen, of Toronto, Canada. Nosheen earned her Masters in Journalism at Columbia University in May 2009. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Women's Studies from York University in Toronto. She has worked as a researcher and a freelance producer for the CBC.
Sam Sanders, of Schertz, Texas. Sanders received his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, where he worked with NPR's and WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook for his graduate thesis. He was a community organizer in post-Katrina New Orleans and currently keeps a blog about pop culture, race and music.
The Kroc Fellowship is made possible through a 2003 bequest from Joan B. Kroc, the philanthropist and widow of McDonald's Corporation founder Ray A. Kroc. Each Kroc Fellow works alongside NPR journalists to gain experience reporting, producing and editing, digital news and multimedia production. Additionally, each Fellow spends time at an NPR Member station to explore journalism at the local level.
Last year's Fellows made contributions throughout the organization. Their on-air reporting included a story about a family’s fight to keep their home against a company’s questionable loan practices; a profile of a jobless woman headed to Texas on horseback; and a piece about the Barra Brava, the largest fan club for Washington D.C.'s United soccer team.
Previous Kroc Fellows have gone on to full-time positions at NPR and in public radio. Bilal Qureshi, a 2007-2008 Fellow, is currently a production assistant with NPR's afternoon news show All Things Considered. Thomas Pierce, a 2006-2007 Fellow, is currently a production assistant for NPR's Weekend Edition. Douglas Hopper, a 2005-2006 Fellow, is an editorial assistant for NPR's daily news and talk show Tell Me More, hosted by Michel Martin.
More complete bios for the 2009-2010 Kroc Fellows are below. Information about the Kroc Fellowship and the application requirements for the 2010-2011 program are available at www.NPR.org/about/fellowships
The 2009-2010 Kroc Fellows:
Carolyn Beeler is from Delaware, Ohio. She majored in Journalism and History at Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. She was a recipient of Medill's Eric Lund Global Reporting Grant, which paid for her to travel to Australia to report on reconciliation politics with Aboriginal peoples. Most recently, she worked as the Senior Editor of Abroad View — a national, student-run study abroad magazine. Carolyn has freelanced for US Weekly and APSAC Advisor — a journal dealing with the prevention of child abuse — and interned at Condé Nast Traveler, National Geographic Traveler and The Big Issue in Cape Town, South Africa.
Habiba Nosheen was born in Pakistan and has lived in Toronto, Canada, for most of her life. Nosheen earned her Masters in Journalism at Columbia University in May. She also holds a B.A. from the University of Toronto and an M.A. in Women's Studies from York University in Toronto. For her degree in Women's Studies, she went to Pakistan to document the lives of women living under Islamic law – research that led to a documentary for the CBC program The Current. Her dissertation has been accepted for publication by SUNY Press. Previously, Habiba had done research for the CBC show Marketplace in addition to producing stories for As It Happens. She is currently producing a documentary for NOW on PBS.
Sam Sanders of Schertz, Texas, stayed in Texas to earn his B.A. from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, with a double major in Political Science and Music, before receiving his Masters in Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. For his graduate thesis, Sam worked with NPR’s and WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook, conducting research and making recommendations about how to increase the program’s outreach to young people and minorities. He has been a community organizer in post-Katrina New Orleans, interned with the State Department in Pretoria, South Africa, and was president of the student government association in college. In his spare time, Sam has a blog on pop culture, race and music.