Tara McKelvey Named Shorenstein Center Fellow

By IRP Staff, August 17, 2012

Tara McKelvey has been named a fall 2012 Shorenstein Center Fellow at Harvard University. McKelvey will spend her fellowship writing about the relationship between the media and U.S. covert operations.

More about the program:

"The Shorenstein Center Fellowship Program offers an opportunity for outstanding journalists and scholars to spend a semester at Harvard University, where they can share their knowledge and expertise in a collegial and intellectually stimulating environment. The mission of the fellowship program is to advance research in the field of press, politics and public policy; provide an opportunity for reflection; facilitate a dialogue among scholars, journalists and policymakers; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community."

As an IRP Fellow in 2009, McKelvey reported on loose nukes in Russia. Currently, she is a correspondent for Newsweek and The Daily Beast. She has also written for The New York Times Book Review, Marie Claire, and The American Prospect. She is the author of Monstering: Inside America’s Policy of Secret Interrogations and Torture in the Terror War and has been a contributor to two other books, New Threats to Freedom and The Impact of 9/11 and the New Legal Landscape.

McKelvey is no stranger to prestigious awards and fellowships. In addition to her 2009 IRP Fellowship, she was a 2006 research fellow at NYU Law School’s Center on Law and Security, a 2007 Ochberg Fellow (Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma), a 2008 Hoover Media Fellow (Stanford University), a Templeton-Cambridge Journalism Fellow in Science and Religion (University of Cambridge), a 2010 Alicia Patterson Foundation fellow and a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow in General Nonfiction.