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Michael Kavanagh

Fellows Fall 2004
WNYC Radio

Michael J. Kavanagh is a journalist based in New York and Kinshasa who reports about conflict and post-conflict development issues around the world, with a special focus on Africa. His radio and television work appears regularly on NPR, BBC, PBS, and PRI.  His writing and photography have been featured by Slate, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, Grist, MediaStorm, the Boston Globe, Human Rights Watch, and UNICEF.  He’s reported from over a dozen countries including Afghanistan, Haiti, Chad, Rwanda, DR Congo, Sudan, Senegal, Burundi, and South Korea.

Before turning to reporting full time, he produced and reported for a number of NPR and PRI shows and worked as a teacher and mentor for Radio Rookies, WNYC Radio’s journalism program for teens. He has received several grants from the International Reporting Project and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and is the recipient of a Gracie Award, several New York Festivals Awards, and an Edward R. Murrow award for his reporting.  His work in Congo for PBS received the 2009 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism award for International Reporting and a national Emmy Award nomination.

He has a B.A. in Literature and an M.A. in International Relations and Development Studies, both from Yale University.


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    In the decade since the genocide of 1994, the Rwandan government has masterfully exploited the guilt of the international community for increased foreign aid. But the genocide has also been used as a...

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    In 1994, amid a mass slaughter that left about 800,000 people dead in Rwanda, another 250,000 were raped. The Rwandan government now finds it easier to win confessions for the killings than for the sex...

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    Today marks the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide. While the world looked on unashamed, the Hutu Power movement went on a 100-day killing spree to exterminate the minority...

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    The 1994 genocide in Rwanda forced millions of Hutus to flee to the democratic republic of Congo. The Rwandan government wants to disarm these Hutus and bring them home, as the country tries...

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