Fellows & Editors


Alan Bjerga

Fellows Fall 2005
Knight Ridder newspapers

Alan Bjerga covers agricultural policy for Bloomberg News in Washington, D.C. In 2009 he won awards from the Overseas Press Club, the Society of American Business Editors and Writers and the North American Agricultural Journalists for his work in Ethiopia covering famine and U.S. food aid. Previously he worked in the Knight-Ridder Washington bureau, where he won the NAAJ's top writing award in 2005. He began his journalism career with the Saint Paul Pioneer Press in Minnesota. He holds a bachelor's degree in History and English literature from Concordia College and a master's in Mass Communication from the University of Minnesota. He is the current vice president of the National Press Club.

Post-IRP Stories


  • China reaches for the sky

    XI'AN, China -- The centuries-old farmsteads outside the historic city of Xi'an look nothing like the model community displayed outside Jin Qiansheng's office. Give them time. Xi'an, better known for the ancient...

  • New doors may open in China

    WASHINGTON, DC -- Wichita calls itself the Air Capital of the World, but that world is becoming more interconnected, with outsourced jobs, planes made up ofparts that come from around the globe,...

  • In China, Making Connections is Key

    BEIJING, China -- I'm in China to do a journalism project related to the development of aviation as a market and manufacturing center in China. And that's a tall challenge. Any study...

  • China’s Numbers Can Boggle the Mind

    SHANGHAI, China -- The strongest reminders I've received in the past two weeks of how little I know about China come in how difficult it is to judge when one is in...

  • Kansas, China Build Trade Ties

    BEIJING, China -- Karl Zhao seeks opportunities. Opportunity took him to America from his native China 11 years ago, when he opened an office for his province in Chicago. It took him back...

  • Mission Unlocks China Market

    BEIJING, China -- If Gov. Kathleen Sebelius can win friends and influence businesses in China this week, it could lead to more jobs and investment for Kansas. Sebelius and a delegation of...

  • Fort Hays Gives Students in China a Foothold to Success

    Students at SIAS International University XINZHENG CITY, China -- Layla Wang's parents buy fruit from the countryside and resell it in this city of about 600,000 people in Henan province -- small by...

  • China Link May Create Kansas Jobs

    SHANGHAI, China -- Karyn Page said you can see the difference on the streets. "Less bicycles and more cars," said Page, the executive director of the Kansas World Trade Center, based in...

  • China Expands Aviation Work

    XIAMEN, China -- Zou Jian is on her way to achieving the American dream -- except that it's happening near the Strait of Taiwan. The 29-year-old works as a structural engineer, converting 74...

  • China takes flight

    XIAN, China -- The vacant land and centuries-old farmsteads outside this historic city look nothing like the model community displayed outside Jin Qiansheng's office. Give it time. In five years, the Xi'an...

  • At first private school, Chinese learn to fly

    Jack Li at the Beijing PanAm International Aviation Academy. SHIJIAZHUANG CITY, China -- To want to buy a plane, you must first be able to fly one. That's what Jack Li is...

  • Trade ties that bind

    Kansas Governer Kathleen Sebelius on a trip to China in October 2005. BEIJING, China -- "Excuse me for my frankness," said Andy Wei, pouring a cup of tea, "but Americans... don't know China."...

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