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Katya Cengel

Fellows 2015
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Katya Cengel has written about everything from retired dancing bears in Bulgaria to the world’s largest machine gun shoot in Kentucky. Her writing has appeared in Newsweek, National Geographic News, Foreign Policy and Salon, among other publications. Her photos have been featured in National Geographic News, Salon and Al Jazeera America. Her University of Nebraska Press book, Bluegrass Baseball: A Year in the Minor League Life, was a finalist for the 2013 Kentucky Literary Award.

Cengel spent five years reporting from the former Soviet Union, followed by eight years at the Louisville Courier-Journal. As a World Affairs Journalism Fellow, she earned a second place Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Award in 2006 for her series on the wives of Sudan’s “Lost Boys.” She launched her freelance career in 2012 by reporting from Haiti for USA Weekend Magazine. In summer 2014 she reported from Mozambique as an ICFJ/UN maternal and newborn health fellow. Recently returned from photo assignments in Rwanda, Uganda, South Africa and Zimbabwe, she is preparing articles for publication. She also teaches journalism at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.


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