Cheryl Hatch Awarded Snedden Chair

By IRP Staff, August 20, 2010

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 Gallery in Solms, Germany. Her work has been published in books and magazines, including Time, Newsweek, the New York Times, the San Francisco Chronicle and Paris Match. Hatch was a staff photographer for the Associated Press and worked for several daily newspapers including Oregon's Corvallis Gazette-Times, The Arizona Republic and Florida's Naples Daily News. As the founder and president of Isis Initiative, Inc., Hatch leads a nonprofit that offers scholarships to women overseas who have the desire but not the resources to pursue a college education. Hatch's position will entail teaching a class called "Perspectives in Journalism" as well as giving a public talk in October as part of the Snedden guest lecturer series. Hatch is the first woman to hold the Snedden chair.