For immediate release
August 23, 2006
Chad Campbell, NPR


International Reporting Fellowship Created For Early-Career Radio Journalists

Washington, D.C.; August 23, 2006 - Nazanin Rafsanjani, a New York City-based radio reporter and producer who has also worked at NPR Member stations in San Francisco, has been selected as the Fall 2006 NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellow and will participate in the prestigious training program designed to expand international reporting skills.

The NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellowship was created by NPR and the International Reporting Project (IRP) at The Johns Hopkins University's Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. It was made possible by a gift from Carolyn and Matthew Bucksbaum; Mrs. Bucksbaum is a trustee of the NPR Foundation. The Fellowship began in January 2006 and Rafsanjani is the second Fellow selected to date.

The program provides hands-on experience in all aspects of international journalism, including six weeks of training at NPR headquarters in Washington, D.C., with focus on production, editorial and on-air training. Additionally, the Fellow will take part in the 13-week IRP program with eight weeks of Washington-based study and a five-week overseas reporting trip. At the conclusion of the Fellowship, Rafsanjani will complete a project for one of the NPR news magazines, including Morning Edition, Day to Day or All Things Considered.

Rafsanjani began her journalism career at NPR Member stations KALW and KQED, both in San Francisco. She has also contributed to the program This American Life and reported on the 2005 London bombings for ABC News. She has a B.A. in Political Economy of Industrial Societies from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in Journalism from Columbia University. She is currently a freelance reporter and producer in New York.

Since its creation in 1998, IRP has trained more than 120 U.S. journalists, including NPR's Steve Inskeep, host of Morning Edition, and Carrie Kahn, National Desk reporter based at NPR West in Los Angeles.

There is one NPR-Bucksbaum International Fellow per school semester; the journalist must be a U.S. citizen with at least three years' professional experience. Information about the 2007 Fellowships and applications are available at The next application deadline is October 1st for a January 15th, 2007, start date.