The Dag Hammarskjöld Fund for Journalists announces their 2013 Fellows!
Dag Hammarskjöld Fund For Journalists
2013 Journalism Fellows Selected
Leda Balbino – 2013 Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellow
Leda Balbino, 35, is the Foreign Desk editor at iG in São Paulo, where she coordinates and edits the work of reporters and freelancers. Before iG, she has worked at O Estado de S. Paulo, one of the leading newspapers of Brazil. During her seven years reporting international news, Ms. Balbino covered Pope Benedict XVI’s pilgrimage to Jordan in 2009, the economic reforms in Cuba and the immigration effects in Arizona in 2010, and the Democratic National Convention and the US elections in 2012. Last year, she was one of the ten international fellows of the World Press Institute.
Maria Kamal – 2013 Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellow
Maria Kamal, 27, is assistant editor at The News International in Karachi. She has edited and written for the city, op-ed and business pages of the newspaper, which is owned by Pakistan’s largest media group. Ms. Kamal has an M.A. in international relations and journalism from Boston University. She also has an M.A. in English from the University of Karachi. She has taught multimedia journalism at Szabist University and presently teaches writing to undergraduate students. Ms. Kamal is a human rights enthusiast. She is particularly interested in women’s emancipation, freedom of expression and intercultural communication.
Gűlsin Harman – 2013 Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellow
Gűlsin Harman, 28, is a foreign news editor for Turkish daily newspaper Milliyet. She is also a columnist for Milliyet’s weekend and book review supplements. Ms. Harman writes extensively on world affairs in addition to conducting interviews with international academics, civil society figures and statesmen such as former Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio Patriota. She studied international relations at Galatasaray University and has spent a semester in Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. Ms. Harman is a member of International Press Institute.
Rose Wangui – 2013 Dag Hammarskjöld Journalism Fellow
Rose Wangui, 34, is a features reporter at NTV Kenya. She specializes in human interest stories, traversing Kenya, often going to hardship areas to highlight issues of the less fortunate. Ms. Wangui is known for giving stories a human touch, especially stories related to women, children, and human rights abuses in Kenya. Her flexibility has helped her cover issues that are largely ignored in the media because they are considered unimportant. She is also an all-round reporter, probing tough questions on achievements of the U.N. Millennium Development Goals. Ms. Wangui reported on the ensuing post-election violence in early 2008 and the humanitarian crisis that engulfed Kenya. She has a master’s degree in international journalism.
The Dag Hammarskjöld journalism fellows will arrive in early September and spend 10 weeks covering the U.N. General Assembly.