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Laurel Bowman

Fellows Spring 2002
Freelance Video

Laurel Bowman is a freelance video journalist based in Washington, D.C. A documentary that she wrote, filmed and produced as part of her IRP Fellowship in International Journalism aired in November 2004 on PBS’s WHUT, as part of the station’s “On Africa” program. Called “The Healer’s Way”, it profiles traditional healer Bongo Mzizi as he greets the onslaught of HIV/AIDS victims in his Tanzanian village, and examines moves by several African governments to integrate traditional medicine into their national healthcare systems. Prior to her IRP Fellowship, Bowman spent six years with NBC, most recently as an associate producer for Dateline NBC, where she won numerous awards - including the Edward R. Murrow, the Gracie and the Clarion - for her work on multi-part investigative pieces. Previously, she was a freelance producer for NBC News in Washington. She began her career with NBC in Hong Kong, where she worked as a field producer for CNBC Asia covering financial and general news. She also filed stories from Asia for CNBC Radio. Prior to joining NBC, Bowman worked as an on-air reporter and anchor for Newscenter Six, covering New York State's Mid Hudson Valley. She has also produced for Associated Press Television (now APTN), Canal Plus (French Television) and the Canadian Television Network. She obtained a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where she was a fellow with the Alfred I. duPont Center for Broadcast Journalism. She attended the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude.


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