Joanna Kakissis awarded Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion

By IRP Staff, March 08, 2011

2009 IRP Fellow Joanna Kakissis was recently awarded the Knight Luce Fellowship for Reporting on Global Religion by the University of Southern California (USC) Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. Kakissis is one of seven American journalists chosen from a pool of more than 50 applicants to receive stipends from between $5,000 to $25,000 to report on religion around the world. Fellows will spend six months reporting and developing stories for delivery on multiple platforms. At the completion of their projects, several fellows will spend three days in residence at USC to present their work, hold master classes for journalism students, and give public lectures for the USC community. Kakissis will follow the story of Hazara immigrants who left Afghanistan due to Taliban persecution and who are now facing hostility in communities-in-exile in Pakistan and, more recently, Greece. As a Fall 2009 IRP Fellow, Kakissis traveled to Bangladesh to report on environmental refugees and the social effects of climate change. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, TIME Magazine, The Financial Times Magazine, National Public Radio, Marketplace and BBC/PRI's The World.