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Jessica MacLeod (MA '11) wins Fulbright Award to produce documentary in Germany
Jessica MacLeod (MA '11) is a 2011 recipient of the Fulbright “Beginning Professional Journalism Award” to Germany. During the 10-month grant, she will produce a documentary that explores the large disparity between high school dropout rates of immigrants versus non-immigrants, and will also intern at a German broadcast news station. Jessica is a Broadcast News student and is currently a 2010-2011 Eleanor Merrill Fellow.
Jared Hopkins ('06) named Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Jared Hopkins '06 was named as a Finalist for the 2011 Pultizer Prize in Investigative Reporting.
Currently working for the Chicago Tribune, Hopkins and coworker Sam Roe were cited by the prize jury for their investigation, in print and online, of 13 deaths at a home for severely disabled children and young adults, resulting in closure of the facility.
The series, "Deadly Neglect," also won Third Place in Investigative Reporting at the National Headliner Awards, sponsored by the Press Club of Atlantic City. Read the series here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/health/neglect/.
Liz Farmer (MJ '07) creates new beat for the Examiner
Liz Farmer, MJ '07 recently accepted a job at the Washington Examiner to create a new beat covering the DC region's economy and development. From 2007-2010, she was a business reporter for The Daily Record in Baltimore.
Connor Sheets ('07) selected as 2010 Writer of the Year by New York Press Association
Connor Sheets '07 was recently selected by the New York Press Association as 2010 Writer of the Year.
The award, part of the organization's Better Newpaper Contest, is a statewide honor. Sheets was selected from more than 2,600 submissions from 171 newpapers. The judges said of Sheets: "This writer is a story teller who has his finger on the pulse of his audience. His are stories that need to be told. Politics, breaking news, features or routine coverage pieces are all handled carefully. His body of work speaks for itself — journalism at its best."
"Sheets has been a reporter at the Times Ledger Newspapers since October, 2009. Queens is the most ethnically diverse county in the country, and as a result, the stories he covers run the gamut. He covered the arrests of two Afghan-American graduates of Flushing High School who were indicted for plotting to set off explosive devices in the NYC subway system. He has also written about the influx of Chinese and Korean immigrants — their growing pains and their triumphs; a freak tornado, a massive snow storm, murders, art shows, and more."
For more information about Connor and the NYPA's Better Newspaper Contest, visit: http://www.newyorkpressassociation.com/home.aspx
Tom LoBianco ('04) appointed as Indiana state government and politics reporter by AP
Tom LoBianco '04 was appointed as the Indiana state government and politics reporter for Associated Press, and is set to become a key reporter in the upcoming presidential election season. Previously, Lobianco had been covering the Maryland state legislature for AP, and is a veteran of political reporting for The Washington Times.
During his career at Maryland, LoBianco reported for the Annapolis Bureau of Capital News Service, reporting on government and political news in Maryland. For more information on the appointment, read the full article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/ap-appoints-tom-lobianco-as-indiana-state-government-and-politics-reporter/2011/04/15/AFCnHjjD_story.html