2016 Kiplinger Fellows

Alberto Arce

Senior Editor, New York Times Américas

Alberto Arce is a journalist at The New York Times Américas. Between 2012 and 2015, he was correspondent for the Associated Press in Central America and Mexico. Previously, he wrote investigative narratives for Guatemala’s Plaza Pública, and covered conflicts in Lebanon, Libya, Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine as a freelance cameraman and writer for Spanish and international media. He received the Anna Lindh Journalist Award in 2009 for his coverage of Cast Lead Operation from the Gaza Strip, a 2012 Rory Peck Award for coverage of the battle of Misrata in Libya and a 2013 Overseas Press Club award for his work in Central America. Twitter: @alberarce

Kofoworola Belo-Osagie

Chief Correspondent, The Nation

Kofoworola Belo-Osagie heads the education desk of The Nation in Lagos, Nigeria. She writes Edutalk, a column that covers issues affecting the country's education sector. She is a 2014 alumna of the Win with Women In Successful Careers School of Excellence, a one-year mentoring program to help women succeed in highly competitive corporate environments. She coauthored “Briefcases and Blenders” with other mentees, detailing advice from their mentors. In her 10 years as a journalist, she has won numerous awards. She attended the Federal Government Girls' College in Benin City in 1996; studied mass communication at Federal Polytechnic, Auchi, in 2013; and received a postgraduate diploma in community relations from the Pan-Atlantic University in Lagos in 2015. Twitter: @KofoBelo

Jeremy Boren

Assistant Metro Editor, Tribune-Review

Jeremy Boren is an assistant metro editor at the Tribune-Review in Pittsburgh, where he supervises an award-winning reporting team that covers government, politics, education, and breaking news and produces weekly profiles of everyday people. Before becoming an editor in July 2013, Boren was a general assignment and city hall reporter for more than eight years. He covered three mayoral administrations and won a first-place award from the Press Club of Western Pennsylvania for revealing how poor financial controls allowed a Pittsburgh City Council member to steal from taxpayers. His work outside Pennsylvania has included stories about the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings and the run-up to Super Bowl XLV in Texas. In his free time, Boren enjoys rock climbing, running, skiing and cycling. Twitter: @JeremyBoren

Brad Branan

Reporter, The Sacramento Bee

Brad Branan is a local government reporter for The Sacramento Bee, where he specializes in investigative and short-term watchdog stories. He has been a reporter for 25 years and also worked for newspapers in Fresno, California; Tucson, Arizona; Little Rock, Arkansas; and Biloxi, Mississippi, among other places. He has won numerous awards, including for best investigative reporting in California and Arizona. Branan is the son of longtime investigative reporter Karen Branan, author of the recent book “The Family Tree,” about a lynching involving her ancestors. Brad Branan also writes about travel and the outdoors and is an active backpacker, mountain biker and skier. Twitter: @BradB_at_SacBee

Adam Kealoha Causey

Editor, The Associated Press

Adam Kealoha Causey is an editor on The Associated Press West Desk in Phoenix. Working with reporters and editors in 13 states from the Rockies to Hawaii, he helps shape coverage of some of the biggest stories in the U.S. Prior to joining AP, he was an assistant city editor at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, where he oversaw coverage of crime and breaking news. Before that, he was a multimedia reporter at the Review-Journal, The Florida Times-Union in Jacksonville and The Times in Shreveport, Louisiana. As a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, Causey mentors up-and-coming college journalists. He has taught journalism at Arizona State University and the University of North Florida. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and a founding director of the Reveille Alumni Association, which raises money for LSU’s student daily. He's the co-author of the forthcoming book "100 Things To Do in Las Vegas Before You Die." Twitter: @akcausey

Alex Cavalcanti

Executive Producer, Rede Vitória

Alex Cavalcanti has worked since 2007 for Rede Vitória, a Brazilian media group that includes TV, radio and online news.  He currently is the executive producer of ES no Ar, a morning TV news program. From 2011 to 2015, he headed an investigative journalism team that produced award-winning reports about slavery, political corruption, science, military affairs, economics and urban violence. Prior to that, he served as executive producer and news anchor for four years. He also covered regional and national elections, including exclusive interviews with the leading presidential candidates. Before joining Rede Vitória, he worked for various media as a TV producer, reporter, videographer and editor. He is highly interested in data journalism and multimedia. Twitter: @alexcavalcanti

Janet Cho

Business Reporter, The Plain Dealer

Janet H. Cho is a business reporter for The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, where her beat includes retail, social media, consumer news, workplace news and local companies. She also teaches business writing and communications at John Carroll University's Boler School of Business, and serves on the advisory committee for Cuyahoga Community College's program in Journalism and Mass Communications. She previously worked for the Sun-Sentinel in South Florida; the  Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, New York; and USA Today. She is a former national vice president for the Asian American Journalists Association. She earned her bachelor's degree in English from The University of Chicago and her master's in journalism from Northwestern University. Twitter: @janetcho

Lori Aratani

Reporter, The Washington Post

Lori Aratani writes about how people live, work and play in the Washington, D.C., region and beyond for The Washington Post. She previously worked as social media editor for The Post’s Metropolitan Desk, where she focused on building the section’s online following and wrote a daily online column. As part of her job, she’s flown with both the U.S. Navy’s Blue Angels and the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds. She did not throw up. Prior to joining The Post, she was a reporter at the San Jose Mercury News, where she covered Arnold Schwarzenegger’s first gubernatorial campaign and one of the worst wildfire seasons in the western United States. She also was part of the Knight-Ridder Washington Bureau’s presidential campaign team, where she spent a very cold winter in Cedar Rapids. Lori grew up in Southern California and graduated from Boston University. Twitter: @loriara

Charmaine Deogracias

Broadcast Journalist, Nippon Hoso Kyokai

Charmaine Deogracias is a Filipino journalist producing English news, feature stories and documentaries for Nippon Hoso Kyokai, Japan’s lone public television network. She has 22 years of experience in news reporting for print and broadcast media. She started her career as a field reporter for the Manila bureau of Kyodo News, a Japanese news wire service. Prior to NHK, where she has worked for 15 years, she wrote for local newspapers, covering the diplomatic beat for the Manila Times; and the defense/military and police beats for the Philippine Journal/People’s Journal. Since 1998, she has covered summit meetings of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in all 10-member countries. She was part of the first news team to complete a coverage-tour of all the nine islands claimed by the Philippines in the disputed Spratly Islands in the South China Sea. Twitter: @nhkcharm

Sean F. Driscoll

Reporter, Cape Cod Times

Sean F. Driscoll is a reporter and editor for the Cape Cod Times in Hyannis, Massachusetts. A graduate of Indiana University, he has worked at the Chronicle-Tribune in Marion, Indiana; the Rockford (Illinois) Register Star; and as a freelancer before joining the Times in June 2013. Driscoll has covered a range of topics including police, courts, municipal government, public pensions, and employment and labor issues. He has an ongoing battle over municipal wind turbines, juggles public records issues and data wrangling, and likes to explore new tools for digital storytelling. In 2014, he launched a nonprofit index using publicly available tax returns to track 2,000 financial data points for Cape Cod's 50 largest nonprofit organizations. His reporting has been honored by the Associated Press Managing Editors, the Hoosier State Press Association, the Illinois Press Association, Gannett Co., Gatehouse Media and the New England Newspaper & Press Association. Twitter: @SeanFDriscoll

Zeljka Lekic-Subasic

Senior Journalist, Eurovision News Exchange

Zeljka Lekic-Subasic is the head of Eurovision News Exchange for Southeast Europe’s Coordination Office in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. She coordinates a daily exchange of news stories and documentary exchange/co-production among 11 public broadcasting services from southeast Europe, organizes training for media professionals in the region, and covers news stories for all 74 European Broadcasting Union members. She received the 2014 Dr. Erhard BusekSEEMO Award for Better Understanding in Southeast Europe. She has worked at ERNO since 2001. Previously, she was a journalist and producer for several radio and TV stations. Since 2010, she has taught media courses at the Sarajevo School of Science and Technology, Department for Political Science and International Relations. She has a doctorate from London Metropolitan University in media and international politics, a master’s degree from La Sapienza University in Rome in global governance, and bachelor’s in journalism from the Faculty of Political Science, Sarajevo University. Twitter: @ZZERNO

Tracy Loew

Reporter, Statesman Journal

Tracy Loew is a senior reporter at the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon, where she covers science and the environment for the newspaper. She also spent a decade as the Oregon correspondent for USA Today. Her work has prompted new state and local legislation, forced financial audits, caused contracts to be rebid and resulted in the resignation of several school district superintendents. She has received awards from the Scripps Howard Foundation and the Education Writers Association, Best of Gannett and twice with the Bruce Baer Award, Oregon’s top award for investigative reporting. She has spent her career in the West, also working at newspapers in Washington and Idaho. Twitter: @Tracy_Loew

Ed Lynch

Managing Editor, Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Ed Lynch has been the Honolulu Star-Advertiser's managing editor for news since June 2010, when Hawaii's two largest daily newspapers merged. Before that, he was city editor for the Honolulu Star-Bulletin for nine years. He also worked as a business reporter and editor in New York and Hawaii. At the Star-Advertiser, Lynch oversees online and print news coverage, investigative and enterprise reporting, and joint coverage with the newspaper's TV-news partner. He has edited several projects at both the Star-Bulletin and Star-Advertiser that have won regional and national awards. A New Jersey native, Ed is a graduate of the University of Arizona's journalism program and has two children with his wife, a fellow UA journalism alum and a Star-Advertiser columnist. Twitter: @edlynch808

Andrew Mach

Digital Editor, PBS NewsHour

Andrew Mach is a digital editor for PBS NewsHour in New York, where he manages the online editorial direction of the national broadcast's weekend edition. Formerly, Mach was a news editor and staff writer for NBC News. He's also written for the Christian Science Monitor in Boston and had stints at ABC News, the Washington Post and German network ZDF in Berlin, in addition to reporting for an eight-month investigative journalism project on food safety in Phoenix. Mach was a recipient of both the 2015 RIAS German/American Exchange fellowship by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation and the 2012 Berlin Capital Program Fulbright. He attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a native of Aberdeen, South Dakota.  Twitter: @andrewjmach

Pia Malbran

Producer and Reporter, In-Depth Films

Pia Malbran is an enterprise/investigative/documentary producer and reporter who runs her own New York-based production company, In-Depth Films.  Last year, she helped produce ABC’s Hurricane Katrina anniversary special and oversaw the production of a six-part primetime ABC survival series. Prior to that, Malbran spent eight years as an investigative producer at CBS News, was an investigative producer at CNN, and a special projects producer at local NBC, ABC, Fox and PBS affiliate stations. In 2014, she was part of a team honored with an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Emmy for Best Report in a News Magazine for producing a two-part 60 Minutes report about the prison and terrorist trials at Guantanamo Bay. Malbran has a master's degree in journalism, is fluent in Spanish and previously served as president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists South Florida Chapter. Twitter: @PiaMalbran

Iain Marlow

Correspondent, The Globe and Mail

Iain Marlow is the Asia-Pacific correspondent for The Globe and Mail, Canada’s main national newspaper, writing long-form features and analysis pieces on international business and important political trends in the region. Since joining the Globe in 2010, he has reported from China and West Africa, covered elections in India and Indonesia, and written about economics in Japan and Australia. In 2012, he was nominated for several National Magazine Awards, while his reporting from Nigeria won a Society of American Business Editors and Writers Best in Business award for international feature. The following year, he spent six months as a media trainer in Ghana with Journalists for Human Rights, a Canadian NGO. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and human rights from Ottawa’s Carleton University and a master’s degree in International Politics from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Twitter: @iainmarlow

Lauren Migaki

Producer, NPR

Lauren Migaki is producer for NPR’s Morning Edition and occasionally directs the program. Since joining NPR in 2010, she has produced breaking news stories and interviews, including coverage of the Arab Spring, elections and the Boston Marathon bombing. Migaki has worked on interviews with politicians, musicians, authors and filmmakers. In 2014, she traveled to Crimea with David Greene to help report on the Russian takeover of the Ukrainian Peninsula. Most recently, she traveled to the Brazilian Amazon with Lourdes Garcia-Navarro to report on deforestation. Migaki also used to produce the Pop Culture Happy Hour podcast. Twitter: @lmigaki

Patricia Montemurri


Patricia Montemurri is a freelance journalist and editor. Her long career at the Detroit Free Press was characterized by imaginative ideas and groundbreaking stories. She has written about the Catholic Church, local and national politics, women’s issues and breaking news. Her stories range from complex government investigations to human-interest pieces. She was the first reporter to uncover shady fundraising by Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, which sparked a federal probe that ultimately led to the politician’s current 28-year prison sentence. She helped launch a Free Press women’s magazine. In 2015, she was named a finalist for Metropolitan Newspapers Religion Writer of the Year by the Religion Newswriters Association for her stories on Catholic church issues. She recently covered Pope Francis’ trip to Philadelphia via Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Periscope. She's a recreational thespian and a retired Girl Scout cookie mom. Twitter: @pmontemurri

Christopher E. Nelson

Senior Editor, NBC News

Christopher E. Nelson is an award-winning journalist for NBC News based in New York. Currently, he manages the network’s national desk overnight, overseeing the editorial newsgathering process and logistics for NBC News’ different entities, focusing on breaking news and developing stories in North and South America. A native of Baltimore, he earned an undergraduate degree in communications from Loyola University Maryland and a master’s degree in law from the Georgetown University Law Center. In 2012 he was a Reynolds Center Fellow at the Society of American Business Editors and Writers Conference. Nelson has been awarded two national Emmy Awards. He began his career as a broadcast apprentice at WJZ-TV, the CBS owned television station in his hometown. Twitter: @cenelson08

Jill Riepenhoff

Projects Reporter, The Columbus Dispatch

Jill Riepenhoff has worked since 1985 at The Columbus Dispatch in Ohio, where she has investigated, among other things, naughty teachers, predatory mortgage brokers, slumlords, guardians who neglect and steal from mentally incompetent adults, and college campuses where rapes and other violent crimes are hidden. For kicks, she digs into sports and has written extensively about the dark side of youth, high school and college athletics. She serves on the board of Investigative Reporters and Editors. Twitter: @JRiep