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Colombia names this year’s Night Bagehot Fellow

Columbia University Journalism School today announced 10 Nightbage Hot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism during the 2021-202 academic year. Fellow represents organizations such as Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, and the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP).

Mid-career fellowships provide experienced journalists with a full tuition fee and $ 60,000 in living expenses to take graduate courses primarily at Columbia Business and Journalism Schools. Fellows will also attend a special seminar at a journalism school led by scholars, experienced journalists, media business executives, and a wide range of technical, financial, and corporate experts during the nine-month program beginning in August. ..

The 2022 class will join more than 400 Knight-Bagehot graduates and well-trained journalists covering economics, technology, finance and public policy around the world.

This year’s fellows are:

Ahmed Al Omran, 36, a freelance journalist who currently publishes the regular newsletter “Riyadh Bureau” on Saudi Arabia. Born and raised in Hofuf, eastern Saudi Arabia, he graduated from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in 2011. After working for National Public Radio in Washington, DC, he returned to Saudi Arabia to cover The Wall Street Journal and, more recently, the Kingdom of the Financial Times. His work has also appeared in other major publications such as The New York Times, Guardian, and Foreign Policy.

Anuji ChopraThe 38-year-old has been working for Agence France-Presse (AFP) since being hired in Hong Kong in 2011. He is currently Director of Riyadh and was formerly Director of Kabul of the Agency. Originally from India, he reports from hotspots in Asia and the Middle East, including Syria, Yemen and Iran. His coverage has won several journalism awards, including the Society of Publishers in Asia (SOPA) Award and the Human Rights Press Award. He also receives a fellowship from the Kiplinger Program in Public Relations Journalism.

Mihil Daral, 35, recently featured an internet company in the Indian business newspaper Mentha, worked for 9 years and served as Bangalore bureau chief. Prior to Mentha, he worked for Reuters and CNBC TV-18. His 2019 book, Big Billion Startup, is a biography of India’s largest internet startup, Flipkart, and was named one of this year’s books by TechCrunch. Won the CK Prague Rad Best Business Book Award and the Gaja Capital Business Book Prize. A major production company has purchased the rights to make a book into a movie.

Victoria DendrinowThe 31-year-old is a Bloomberg News reporter in Brussels, responsible for the European Union. She writes about topics ranging from the eurozone crisis to the transatlantic trade war, banking regulations, and more recently the European pandemic response. Previously working as an EU correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, he co-authored a book on the Greek debt crisis in 2019. That euro exit. Prior to moving to Brussels, Victoria worked for Reuters Breaking Views in London and was an economist Nico Colchester Fellow. She holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford University and a master’s degree in economics from University College London. She was born and raised in Athens, Greece.

Esther Fung, 36, is a reporter for The Wall Street Journal and covers the US commercial real estate industry. Prior to moving to the United States, he was based in Shanghai and was responsible for China’s housing market and economic policy. She grew up in Singapore and started her career as a business reporter for the local TODAY newspaper. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communication studies from Nanyang Technological University.

Laila Kearney, 35, is a US energy reporter for Reuters, recording the bankruptcy and closure of the largest oil refinery on the East Coast, the failure of air pollution monitoring, and the 2020 oil market crash. Prior to that, he was a member of Reuters’ US Finance and National Affairs team. Her work has won awards such as the New York Press Club Award and the James Madison Information Disclosure Award of the SPJ NorCal Chapter. Prior to joining Reuters in 2013, he launched and operated several local news websites on AOL /

Omar Mohammed, 38, is a Reuters East African Business Correspondent based in Nairobi, Kenya. Previously, he reported to Bloomberg News, which covers Tanzania’s business, economy and politics, and was an East African reporter for Quartz based in Tanzania’s commercial capital, Dar es Salaam. Omar stayed in the United States for a year as a Hubert Humphrey Fulbright Fellow at Arizona State University and was an ICFJ Night International Journalism Fellow at Dar es Salaam. He was a finalist at the 2019 Deadline Club Awards as part of Reuters coverage of President Donald Trump’s immigration policy.

Christopher Otz, 37, is a digital reporter for WDRB News in Louisville, Kentucky, primarily dealing with businesses and economies where state and local government policies intersect. He is one of the six former newspaper reporters and columnists writing for Prior to joining WDRB in 2013, he reported to The Louisville Courier-Journal for seven years, most recently at a paper business desk. He has won numerous local awards and was named the Best Digital Journalist in the 2016 Kentucky AP Broadcasting Contest. In 2019, he created the award-winning Louisville news podcast “Uncovered by WDRB.” Otz is from New Orleans and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2006.

Corey Weinberg, 29 is a reporter for The Information, based in San Francisco. He writes detailed stories about startups, tech workers, real estate, venture capital, and extensively reports on the intertwined relationships between Airbnb, WeWork, and tech companies and the Bay Area. Earlier, he reported on residential and commercial real estate in the San Francisco Business Times Bay Area. He received the Best Young Journalist Award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

Kirazaran, 40 are research editors. Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP)(The link is external), An award-winning non-profit research journalism platform. Kira coordinates cross-border projects and works with more than 50 independent media reporters around the world to help develop, create and publish investigations focused on high-level corruption and organized crime. I will. Prior to joining OCCRP, he reported to, edited in the US News & World Report, Global Investigative Journalism Network, Public Radio International, Rewire, Ms. I was a freelancer in Magazine. She graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz, London School of Economics, and Georgetown University.

The 10 fellows currently working in business and economic journalism represent major business journalism outlets, from media start-ups to local news organizations to national and international news organizations.

Fellows from 2021 to 2021 Selection Advisory Board Senior media executives from organizations such as ProPublica and The New York Times

Colombia names this year’s Night Bagehot Fellow Colombia names this year’s Night Bagehot Fellow

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