NPR and The John Alexander Project Select Stephanie Joyce as 2016-2017 Above the Fray Fellow
October 7, 2016; Washington, D.C. – NPR and the John Alexander Project are proud to announce Stephanie Joyce as the next recipient of their joint international reporting program, the Above the Fray Fellowship. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants to become the fellowship's seventh recipient, Joyce will spend three months reporting from Georgia. She will tell the story of generations of people who remain refugees within their own country, permanently displaced while their native regions remain occupied by Russian-backed separatists.
Each year, the Above the Fray Fellowship sends a promising journalist abroad to report on important, yet largely unseen, stories. During her fellowship, with the worldwide number of internally displaced people at an all-time high, Joyce will report on a vulnerable population in this little-reported slice of the former Soviet Union.
Joyce begins her fellowship later this year. She will file reports on-air and online for NPR.
In the past 25 years, Russian-backed separatists have seized control of more than a fifth of Georgian territory. Today, more than 200,000 refugees from breakaway territories Abkhazia and South Ossetia live in Georgia. Joyce will embed with refugees who settled in camps intended to be temporary—hastily constructed settlements, sometimes in converted hotels, hospitals and schools—that have since become permanent. She will travel to Georgia to explore this timely notion of living in limbo.
Currently an energy and natural resources reporter for Wyoming Public Radio and the public media collaboration Inside Energy, Joyce won the 2016 Edward R. Murrow award for best regional investigative reporting for her story on how declining oil prices could increase the number of unplugged deep oil wells. She began her radio career at KFSK in Petersburg, Alaska, moving onto KUCB, NPR's westernmost affiliate in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska, where she reported on stories ranging from Shell's drilling attempts in the Arctic to misuse of federal funds in the rural tundra.
About The Above The Fray Fellowship
The Above the Fray Fellowship began in 2010 in memory of John Alexander, a young journalist who once worked for NPR and passed away of sudden heart failure while on assignment for the Koppel On Discovery series in Chongqing, China. Previous recipients have reported from Kiribati, China, Uganda, Cameroon, Réunion and Greenland. Details about the Above the Fray Fellowship can be found at NPR.org. To learn more about John Alexander, visit www.thejohnalexanderproject.org.
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