February 5, 2007
Emily Lenzner, NPR


International Reporting Fellowship Created
For Early-Career Radio Journalists

Washington, D.C.; February 5, 2007 – Shereen Meraji, a Los Angeles-based radio producer and director, has been selected as the Spring 2007 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 Meraji is the third 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. Meraji will be traveling to Lebanon on her reporting trip, and at the conclusion of the Fellowship, will complete a project for one of the NPR news magazines, including Morning Edition, Day to Day or All Things Considered.

Meraji began her journalism career nearly a decade ago by filing and cataloging audio tapes for a media non-profit in Oakland, CA. From there she taught herself how to edit audio digitally and began conducting her own interviews. Meraji has filed stories from the Arizona/Mexico border on the spike in migrant deaths in the Sonora desert and reported from the UN’s World Conference Against Racism in South Africa. She is currently a producer and director for NPR’s program Day to Day.

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 or a full-time employee of a U.S. news organization, with at least three years’ professional experience. Information about the 2007 Fellowships and applications are available at http://www.npr.org/about/fellowships/international and at http://www.internationalreportingproject.org