IRP News

  • IRP receives Overseas Press Club Citation

    The IRP has been awarded a citation by the Overseas Press Club in its 2010 Awards in the category of best reporting on international environmental issues for a series on Rwanda reported by IRP Fellow Perry Beeman of The Des Moines Register. Entitled "Renewal in Rwanda," the multimedia series was entered in the OPC Awards competition this year as a joint entry between the IRP and the Register, where Beeman is an environmental reporter. The series received a Citation among entries for the OPC's Whitman Bassow Award, which honors the best reporting in any medium on international environmental issues. "We'...

  • National Press Club Elects 2005 IRP Fellow Alan Bjerga 103rd President

    The National Press Club, the world's leading professional organization for journalists, announced today its membership has elected 2005 IRP Fellow and Bloomberg News correspondent Alan Bjerga as its 103rd president. Bjerga will succeed USA Today reporter Donna Leinwand for a one-year term starting Jan. 15, 2010. Click here for the official press release...  

  • IRP Fellow Todd Bensman wins 2009 National Press Club award

    Reporters Todd Bensman and Guillermo Contreras of the San Antonio Express-News won the Edwin M. Hood Award for Diplomatic Correspondence for a three-part series tracing the trail of high-powered guns smuggled from the United States into Mexico and the mounting body count in Mexico's drug cartel war. Click here for the award winning stories...  

  • IRP Fellow Macarena Hernandez named first UHV Victoria Advocate Endowed Professor of the

    2008 IRP Fellow Macarena Hernandez 2008 IRP Fellow Macarena Hernandez has been appointed as the first Victoria Advocate Endowed Professor of the Humanities at the University of Houston-Victoria. Hernandez, whose IRP project took her to the southern Mexican border for a story on immigration for PBS's "FRONTLINE/World," will work with students and journalists in her new position. Click here to learn more...  

  • Former fellow scores hit with HBO documentary

    Former IRP Fellow Matt O'Neill and Jon Alpert's documentary, "China's Unnatural Disaster: The Tears of Sichuan Province," premiered on HBO this month and is currently airing on the network. The film provides a unique window into a stirring quest for justice by grieving families in Sichuan who lost their children in collapsed schools during last year's devastating earthquake. The film so far has gained wide praise and acclaim. "In these brief 40 minutes of film making by Jon Alpert and Matthew O'Neill, there is more vivid testimony to the way the state party apparatus works to...

  • Former IRP Fellow’s Documentary Film Debuts in Nashville

    More than 1,800 people attended the world premiere on March 27, 2008, of former IRP Fellow Barry Simmons' new film, “Sons of Lwala,” a project he began work on during his trip to Kenya as a spring 2006 IRP Fellow. Simmons, a Nashville-based TV reporter, was honored at the gala event at the Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) in Nashville, which was emceed by former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist and also featured performances by the musical group Jars of Clay. IRP Director John Schidlovsky attended the world premiere as did two of Barry’s IRP colleagues from the spring 2006 group, Kelly...

  • IRP Fellow Jessie Deeter receives awards for documentary film

    IRP Fellow Jessie Deeter was nominated as producer of "Who Killed the Electric Car?" for Best Documentary in the 2006 Environmental Media Awards and for Best Documentary Feature of 2007 by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. The film won the Special Jury Prize at the 2006 Mountain Film (Telluride) and the Audience Award at the Canberra International Film Festival.