NPR and The John Alexander Project Select Durrie Bouscaren as 2017-2018 Above the Fray Fellow
October 30, 2017; Washington, D.C. – NPR and the John Alexander Project are pleased to announce Durrie Bouscaren as the eighth recipient of their joint international reporting program, the Above the Fray Fellowship. Selected from a competitive pool of applicants, Bouscaren will spend three months reporting from Papua New Guinea. She will tell the story of a population facing one of the highest rates of sexual assault and domestic violence in the world, outside of conflict zones.
Each year, the Above the Fray Fellowship sends a promising journalist abroad to cover important, yet largely untold, stories. Throughout her fellowship, Bouscaren will report from this remote corner of Oceania where swift economic growth and newfound legal protections are challenging entrenched social practices.
Bouscaren begins her fellowship early next year, filing reports on-air and online for NPR.
Human Rights Watch estimates that 70 percent of women in Papua New Guinea experience rape or assault in their lifetime. Papua New Guinea outlawed domestic violence in just 2013, and abortion remains illegal. Bouscaren will embed with organizations providing emergency care to survivors of family and sexual assault.
Bouscaren most recently worked as a health and science reporter for St. Louis Public Radio, where she won a regional 2015 Edward R. Murrow award for best radio feature reporting for her story about a family weathering violent protests in Ferguson, Missouri. Bouscaren earned a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism and International Relations from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in 2012. She began her radio career at WAER in Syracuse, New York, moving onto Iowa Public Radio in Des Moines, Iowa.
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, Greenland and Georgia. 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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