IRP News

  • Ann Kim in the Huffington Post

    In an article at the Huffington Post titled "Cancer Rises in Africa, a Continent Unequipped to Deal With It," David J. Olson recounts a story told by Ann Kim, a spring 2011 IRP Fellow who focused on global health issues: "Earlier this year, Ann Kim, a freelance journalist on a fellowship from the International Reporting Project, went to Botswana to report on AIDS, where the adult HIV prevalence is 24 percent, the second highest in the world. "She found AIDS, but she also found cancer. 'Thank God I have AIDS and not cancer, because that would be a death sentence,' an HIV-positive...

  • Nicholas Schmidle Provides Detailed Glimpse into bin Laden Raid

    Nicholas Schmidle, a 2010 IRP Fellow and a freelance reporter, has written a detailed account for the August 8 issue of The New Yorker about the mission to take down Osama bin Laden. The 8,000-word article includes impressive details about the mission: "If all went according to plan, the SEALs would drop from the helicopters into the compound, overpower bin Laden's guards, shoot and kill him at close range, and then take the corpse back to Afghanistan." Schmidle's article has received a great deal of attention, including a video reenactment on CNN and interviews with The Washington Post, NPR and...

  • Joby Warrick Publishes Book on Triple Agent

    Joby Warrick, a 2009 IRP Fellow, reporter for The Washington Post, and author of See No Evil (later made into the film Syriana), recently released his newest nonfiction book, The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA. In it, he recounts the story behind a suicide attack against Forward Operating Base Chapman--a secret CIA base in Afghanistan--by a Jordanian double-agent the CIA had thought was planted in al-Qaeda, resulting in the most lethal attack on the agency since 1983. He recently spoke about his new book at the Politics and Prose Bookstore. Warrick reported from the Middle East as an...

  • Janet Reitman’s New Book on Scientology Sparks Debate

    Janet Reitman, a 2000 IRP Fellow, has just published Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, a culmination of five years of research into the religion. Reitman became interested in the subject during a year-long inquiry into the organization for a 2006 Rolling Stone article, "Inside Scientology." Although the Church of Scientology has publicly dismissed the book's claims, the book has been favorably reviewed in publications such as the New York Times Book Review. Reitman was also interviewed by Reuters about the book. As an IRP Fellow in 2000, Reitman traveled to Sierra Leone to profile Foday Sankoh, then...

  • Remembering Chris Hondros

    I've just come out of a moving one-hour and 45-minute memorial service in Brooklyn for Chris Hondros, a former IRP Fellow who was killed a week ago covering the conflict in Libya. About 1,000 people filled the Sacred Hearts St. Stephens Church in the Carroll Gardens section of Brooklyn, many standing in the aisles during the service, which was attended by Chris's fiancée, his mother, his brother and many of Chris's friends and colleague in journalism. "Chris lived an extraordinary life," said Pancho Bernasconi, his editor at Getty Images, the photo agency for whom Chris covered...

  • Jill Abramson Named Executive Editor of The New York Times

    The New York Times announced today that Jill Abramson will succeed Bill Keller as executive editor of the paper. Jill, a member of our advisory board and a Gatekeeper Editor who traveled to India with IRP in 2005, is a very talented journalist and editor. We have enjoyed watching her advance in her career at The Times, and wish her all the best in her new position.

  • Trenton Daniel Named AP Correspondent in Haiti

    The Associated Press recently announced the appointment of former IRP Fellow Trenton Daniel as the AP correspondent in Haiti. Daniel previously worked as a staff writer for The Miami Herald, where he covered everything from a coup in Haiti to hurricanes and zoning meetings. Before his IRP fellowship in 2003, he covered Haiti as a Reuters stringer and wrote for the Economist Intelligence Unit. The Washington Post reports: "A Creole-speaker, he has been writing about Haiti since 2000, and spent much of the last year there as a reporter for The Herald covering the aftermath of the January 2010 earthquake, the stalled reconstruction...

  • Patrick Pexton Named Ombudsman at The Washington Post

    Patrick Pexton, a 2007 IRP Gatekeeper to Korea, has been named the new ombudsman at The Washington Post. This position will allow Patrick to put his 25 years of newspaper experience to work in promoting transparency and journalistic integrity at the paper. Business Wire reports on Patrick's move to ombudsmen from deputy editor of the National Journal: "As ombudsman, Pexton will represent readers who have concerns on a variety of topics including accuracy, fairness, ethics and the newsgathering process and will serve as an internal critic for Washington Post journalism. He will also promote public understanding of The Post and the...

  • Helen Coster Quoted on Bolivian Child Labor in Epoch Times

      Helen Coster, a reporter for Forbes and a 2010 IRP Fellow to Bolivia, was quoted in a recent Epoch Times article on the reporting she did while on her IRP Fellowship. In "US Gives $20 Million to Eradicate Child Labor," Marco 't Hoen examines the child labor situation in Bolivia, using Helen Coster's IRP reporting on the steps some Bolivian unions have taken to regulating rather than eradicating child labor: "Bolivian NGOs are not seeking to stop child labor but are working to unite child laborers and provide better working conditions for them. In a report for the International Reporting...

  • Cheryl Hatch Awarded Snedden Chair

    Cheryl Hatch, a 1999 IRP Fellow who reported from Eritrea, will serve as the fifth Snedden Chair of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Journalism Department. Hatch is an accomplished war photographer, newspaper reporter and documentary filmmaker who has covered conflicts in the Middle East and Africa, including the aftermath of the first Gulf War in Iraq and the famine and subsequent U.S. intervention in Somalia. She also documented the fragile return to peace in Mozambique and Eritrea. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide, including at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. , the Sony Gallery in Cairo, Egypt and the Leica...