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NPR's Quil Lawrence, a 2000 IRP Fellow

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In 2000, David Aquila “Quil” Lawrence took his first reporting trip to Iraq as an IRP Fellow. It’s safe to say that trip forever changed his life. He spent the next decade covering Iraq and the Middle East, wrote “Invisible Nation: How the Kurds Quest for Statehood is Shaping Iraq and the Middle East,” got a full time job with NPR, and is now their Kabul bureau chief.

“The IRP fellowship gave me the mentoring and support I needed at a pivotal moment in my career. IRP also made it possible for me to travel to Iraq for the first time - three years later that gave me a real edge when covering the US invasion and occupation. There's no other program like it. Despite the economic crisis in the industry, the need for well-informed international reporting has only grown. From my desk in Kabul, it seems that we need the IRP more than ever,” said Lawrence.

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Here is what IRP Alumni say:

“The trip was one of the highlights of my professional career. It was extremely stimulating. I learned an enormous amount about China in a relatively short period of time and that experience will enhance not only our coverage of China but also how I do my job every day. The trip was impressive – extremely well organized, carefully thought through, and brilliantly executed. I have come back to New York singing the praises of the IRP and urging all of my colleagues to apply for future trips.”

Ann Derry, New York Times & 2010 China Gatekeeper

"The IRP Gatekeepers Trip was superb. It gave me a firsthand view of the issues confronting Peru and Latin America, and I came home with a much deeper understanding of the region. I am now energized to take what I learned and to turn it into content for my radio show and its almost 3 million weekly listeners. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in this trip, and I will be urging my colleagues to apply for future ones."

David Baron, PRI’s “The World” & 2009 Peru Gatekeeper

“My best editor, some very dear friendships, and an unending network that continues to give me work, contacts, and advice all came from my time as a Fellow.”

Michael Kavanagh, freelance journalist & 2004 International Reporting Project Fellow

“The experience was life changing. I had always thought about what it would be like to shoot my own documentary. This gave me the opportunity to produce a story overseas, about a topic I really cared about. I figured out that this is what I love to do.”

Raney Aronson, PBS FRONTLINE & 2000 International Reporting Project Fellow

Award Winning Stories That May Have Gone Untold

The IRP has been responsible for underwriting many award winning stories and helping talented journalist begin projects that otherwise would have been out of their reach.

These stories would not have been possible if it weren’t for the support of our funders and you!

“Renewal in Rwanda” – Perry Beeman
2010 Overseas Press Club citation in the category of best reporting on international environmental issues.

“Promised Land” (documentary film) – Yoruba Richen
Fledging Fund Award for Socially Conscious Documentaries (2010), Full Frame Audience Award Center for Documentary Studies Filmmaker Award (2010), The Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award (2010).

The Tuberculosis Epidemic: Photos from South Africa – David Rochkind
2009 Images to Stop Tuberculosis Award, The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) honorable mention 2009 Best of Photojournalism contest.

"Imperial Life in the Emerald City: Inside Iraq's Green Zone" – Rajiv Chandrasekaran
2006 – Overseas Press Club Award for "Best non-fiction book on international affairs."

"God Sleeps in Rwanda” (documentary film) – Kimberlee Acquaro
2005 – Nominated for the 2005 Academy Award "Best Documentary Short.”

And more!

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