2011 Kiplinger Fellows

Marisol Bello

Marisol Bello is a national reporter for USA TODAY, where she has worked for almost four years. She has travelled to Haiti to report on life after an earthquake; Minneapolis after a bridge collapse killed 13 people; northern Ohio to chronicle the demise of a small Rust Belt town and southern Texas after a hurricane left hundreds homeless. In addition to her work as a print journalist, she is also telling stories online through video. Before USA TODAY, she covered the politics of the Motor City at the Detroit Free Press and the City of Brotherly Love at the Philadelphia Daily News. She has been a projects and data reporter at the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and a fashion writer at the Dayton Daily News. Marisol was a fellow with the German Marshall Fund’s Young Leaders program in 2001.

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn

Lisa Bernard-Kuhn is business reporter at The Cincinnati Enquirer, where she covers residential and commercial real estate, urban development and several publicly-traded, Fortune 500 firms headquartered in Cincinnati. She has won several awards for her work, including being named best business reporter in 2010 by the Associated Press Society of Ohio. In 2006 she was a fellow in the University of Maryland’s Casey Journalism Center. Prior to The Enquirer, Bernard-Kuhn was a business reporter at The Dayton Daily News. She began her career the Hamilton Journal News in 2002. Bernard-Kuhn is a graduate of Miami University where she earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism. She joined the Cincinnati Enquirer in September 2007.

Luis Clemens

Luis Clemens is NPR’s senior editor for diversity. He works across the newsroom to build a broad foundation of diverse experts and sources in order to enhance NPR’s news coverage. Before joining NPR, Clemens was a frequent on-air guest and was interviewed often about Latino voters. Clemens began his career at the local Telemundo and NBC television stations in Miami. He later worked at CNN and was promoted to Buenos Aires bureau chief. After CNN, he became a spokesperson for the United Nations World Food Program in Zimbabwe. Before re-starting a career in journalism, Clemens owned and operated two laundromats in Xalapa, Mexico.

Mary C. Curtis

Mary C. Curtis, an award-winning journalist based in Charlotte, N.C., is a national correspondent for AOL’s PoliticsDaily.com and a weekly commentator on Fox News Rising Charlotte, a morning television show. Curtis also contributes to National Public Radio, TheRoot.com and other venues. She has worked at The New York Times, Charlotte Observer, Baltimore Sun, Arizona Daily Star and the Associated Press, and was a 2006 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University. Honors include Green Eyeshade Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, two first-place awards from the National Association of Black Journalists (and a spot in its Region IV Hall of Fame), the Thomas Wolfe Award for an examination of Confederate heritage groups and the 2010 Clarion Award from the Association for Women in Communications.

Oskar Garcia

Oskar Garcia has covered gambling, casinos and tourism for The Associated Press in Las Vegas since May 2008. In September, Oskar was named 2010 AP Staffer of the Year for Nevada. Oskar joined the AP as an intern in May 2006 in Los Angeles, moving to the Omaha, Neb., bureau in October 2008 as a general assignment reporter covering immigration and other issues. He has a masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he worked at the school’s student-community radio station, KCSB-FM. Oskar is originally from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Sam Hornblower

Sam Hornblower is an associate producer at the CBS broadcast 60 MINUTES in New York. He earned a bachelor’s degree in History and Literature from Harvard and began working on documentaries for PBS FRONTLINE, including The Plea and Is Wal-Mart Good For America? In 2006, he joined CBS and helped produce a report for 60 MINUTES on The Duke Rape Case, which earned the Peabody Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the Emmy Award for Best Report. He has since done a number of medical and science features for the program, as well as profiles and investigative reports involving public figures, mobsters, con men, and charlatans.

Robert Johnson

Robert Johnson is an associate producer of multimedia at CNN.com. Johnson holds a masters degree in new media from the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University and a bachelors of fine arts degree  photographic illustration  from the Rochester Institute of Technology. Johnson is an adjunct instructor at the Arts Institute online where he teaches writes courses in photography and multimedia. Johnson is currently working on a book project with his colleague Wayne Drash about Drash’s families role in the slave trade. Johnson’s photographs are included in the permanent collection at the Studio Museum of Harlem. He joined CNN.com in 2005 through the Turner Masters Fellowship.

Lauren Keane

Lauren Keane is the digital innovations editor for The Washington Post’s Investigative, Foreign, and National Security desks. She leads newsroom-wide digital enterprise projects, including last year’s Top Secret America investigation, and helps promote innovations in digital journalism throughout the newsroom. She is also a reporter, and has written for the Post from China and from Latin America. Before joining the Post in 2007, she worked as a journalist for two years at China’s Caijing Magazine (nowCaixin). She is a graduate of Yale University’s international economics program, and before turning to journalism spent several years working in microfinance throughout Central America and in the U.S. She’s a San Francisco native and an avid SF Giants fan.

Ingrid Lobet

Ingrid Lobet is Western Bureau Chief for the public radio program on the environment, Living On Earth (Public Radio International). She reports and produces audio stories on things like new cars, old mines, and how carbon awareness is changing our lives. Often now she produces slideshows as well as audio. She won an IRE certificate in 2000 and was an IRE finalist in 2008. She has also won the National Journalism Award for a cross border farmworker story and shared a George Polk Award in 2006 for a series on global warming. She has reported from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, Ecuador, Peru, Poland, Kenya and Indonesia. 

Andrew McIntosh

Andrew McIntosh is the Investigations Desk Editor at the QMI News Agency, a year-old multimedia national news service of Quebecor Media, publisher of 28 daily newspapers in English and French Canada and owner of the TVA Television network, and LCN all-news cable channel. A Seattle-based player-coach, McIntosh completes his own province-wide and national investigations and helps others at Quebecor Media do them as well – in both French and English. Andrew is a three-time winner of Canada’s National Newspaper Award (that country’s highest journalism honor) for investigative reporting, business reporting and spot news. He has worked as an investigative reporter for The Sacramento Bee in California’s state capital following stints at The Toronto Globe and Mail, The Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Citizen and National Post newspapers.

Olesia Oleshko

Olesia Oleshko is a staff writer at the Kyiv Post, Ukraine’s leading English-language newspaper and website. Over the last eight years in media she has worked for a number of reputable weeklies, made numerous appearances on political talk shows on national television, and worked as a freelance writer for such European publications as Business New Europe, The New Presence, and Open Democracy. Olesia mainly covers politics, human rights and media. Earlier she was a foreign affairs reporter, and has done numerous assignments in Kosovo, Serbia, Montenegro, Russia, Georgia, and Azerbaijan, in addition to covering European Union policies from Brussels and Strasbourg. Olesia holds an M.A. in Journalism from the Indiana University School of Journalism, which she attended as a Fulbright Scholar.

Madison Park

Madison Park is a writer/producer at CNN.com in Atlanta, Georgia. Madison covers medical news for the website, in addition to writing for CNN’s health blog, The Chart.   She is fascinated by medical oddities, diet and fitness, and infectious diseases. She studied journalism, history and African Studies at Northwestern University and also attended U.C. Berkeley. She has previously worked at the Baltimore Sun.

Sona Patel

Sona Patel is the Associate Producer for Social Media for seattletimes.com. She joined The Times in November 2009. She is part of the team that won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting. Her primary duties include developing a social media strategy for editorial and online. Prior to that she was a reporter for The Tribune, a 40,000-daily circulation McClatchy Co. newspaper in San Luis Obispo, Calif. She was also a homepage producer for The Tribune’s Web site, SanLuisObispo.com, where she produced and edited audio and video and packaged multimedia content. Sona is a recipient of the 2008 Freedom Forum Fellowship and a 2009 Maynard Fellow for Ethics in Journalism. She was also a 2008 Knight Digital Media Center Fellow at UC Berkeley.  Find her online at SonaPatel.net and on Twitter: @sona23

Seth Porges

Seth Porges is an editor at Popular Mechanics magazine, where he is responsible for all of the magazine’s new product testing and coverage. He also writes and edits columns and feature packages. Seth also writes “Digital Clinic,” a monthly technology column, and is a frequent guest on morning shows and cable news (he is a regular contributor to MSNBC, Fox News, and CNBC, amongst others) as a science and technology analyst. Previously, Seth worked as the personal technology columnist at Bloomberg News, and as an editor at Men’s Health magazine. His writing has appeared in dozens of publications, including Men’s Journal,BusinessWeek, PC Magazine, and Food Network Magazine. Seth holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism.

Margot Roosevelt

Margot Roosevelt has covered climate change and air pollution for the Los Angeles Times since 2007. She takes an active role in the newspaper’s Greenspace blog and its LATimes environment Facebook page. In January 2011, she won the American Meteorological Society award for excellence in reporting on Atmospheric and Related Sciences. She focuses mainly on California and the Western U.S., but also covered global climate talks in Copenhagen and Cancun. She previously worked as a staff writer at the Washington Post, covering the environment and the U.S. Congress, and served as the paper’s New York bureau chief. She later was a foreign, and then a national correspondent for Time Magazine.

Malia Rulon

Malia Rulon has been covering Ohio politics and congressional issues from Washington, D.C., for the past decade. She is a Washington correspondent in the Gannett Washington Bureau, serving 12 newspapers in Ohio and Missouri, including The Cincinnati Enquirer and The (Springfield) News-Leader. As such, she provides regular enterprise, watchdog and spot coverage of congressional and federal issues of interest to Ohio and Missouri readers by way of Twitter, blog, Web updates and print. Before joining Gannett in 2005, she was the Washington-based Ohio regional for The Associated Press. She is a graduate of the Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellowship, treasurer of the Regional Reporters Association and a graduate of Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

Tim Sandler

Tim Sandler is an NBC News investigative producer who has worked as both a broadcast and print journalist. His work includes reports on the financial crisis, climate change, health care, union corruption, and human rights abuses in India, Sudan, Uganda and Serbia. Among his honors are four national Emmy awards, an RTDNA Edward R. Murrow award, and two Overseas Press Club of America awards. He received his undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Northeastern University. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and two children.

Michael Scott

Michael Scott writes about the environment, particularly Great Lakes issues, for The Plain Dealer and cleveland.com in Cleveland, Ohio, where he has also been shooting and producing his own online news videos since 2008. Scott had previously been an editor and news and feature reporter at several other Ohio newspapers over the last 20 years. He has earned awards for environmental coverage (2010 National Headliner Awards, third place) and for investigative reporting (2007 Associated Press, third place; 1997 Associated Press, first place). He graduated from Kent State University with a bachelor of science in journalism.

Leo Shane III

Leo Shane III has worked at Stars and Stripes since 2004, covering Capitol Hill and the White House. His beats include legislation affecting military policy and veterans issues. His work also includes overseas coverage of military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, Chile and Ecuador. In 2010, Leo was part of a team of reporters who received a Polk Award and a National Headliner Award for stories that revealed the military’s practice of profiling journalists in Afghanistan in an attempt to steer coverage of the war. Prior to his work at Stars and Stripes, Leo covered state and local politics for newspapers in Ohio, Illinois and Philadelphia. He is a 1998 graduate of the University of Delaware.

Troy Smith

Troy Smith is a features reporter for the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, NY, covering the city’s entertainment and nightlife scene with a primary focus on music. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in Journalism from St. Bonaventure University in 2006. While at St. Bonaventure, Smith managed the campus’ nationally ranked radio station and was a finalist for the annual Mark Hellinger Award given to the school’s most promising journalism student. Smith joined the Democrat and Chronicle in January 2007. He has received a number of awards for his writing, including several newsroom awards for his bi-weekly column “The Way I See It.” In December 2009, Smith was ranked as one of the top-30 newspaper journalists in the country on Twitter by The Bivings Report.

Nathan Tobey

Nathan Tobey is the Online Engagement Coordinator for FRONTLINE in Boston, Mass., where he is responsible for a wide range of social media and engagement initiatives, from Twitter to online producer chats. Before working at FRONTLINE, Nathan was a coordinating producer at Penn State Public Broadcasting (PSPB) in University Park, PA. While at PSPB, he oversaw political coverage during the 2008 election, and produced “Back from Iraq: The Veterans’ Stories Project,” an initiative designed to teach Iraq veterans digital storytelling skills. Nathan earned a B.A. in journalism and history, and an M.A. in history, from Emory University in Atlanta. He has also worked as a television news reporter for SABC-TV in Cape Town, South Africa and studied filmmaking at New York University and Penn State.

Wilson Fernando Vega Rivera

Wilson Fernando Vega Rivera was born in Bucaramanga, an eastern city near the border with Venezuela. He studied Social Communication and Journalism in the Universidad Autónoma de Bucaramanga (Unab). He has worked for Vanguardia Liberal (a regional newspaper), Pfm. Magazine and EL TIEMPO, the main national daily newspaper in Colombia, both in the eastern regional office, in Bucaramanga, and in the International desk, in Bogotá. Currently, he is the subeditor for the international desk of EL TIEMPO and produces Tiempo Real, the first original multimedia product at eltiempo.com y citytv.com.co. Wilson loves to travel and to learn new things, which is probably why he loves International Journalism and new media.

Andrew Welsh-Huggins

Andrew Welsh-Huggins is legal affairs writer for The Associated Press in Columbus, responsible for covering a variety of criminal justice issues, including the death penalty, the prescription painkiller epidemic and domestic terrorism. Welsh-Huggins earned a classics degree at Kenyon College and lived in a Gaelic-speaking village in Ireland and volunteered for two years on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation before becoming a freelance writer in Providence, R.I. He worked at papers in Bloomington, Ind., and Youngstown, Ohio, then joined the AP in 1998. He was a Statehouse correspondent for several years before turning to legal affairs. Welsh-Huggins is the author of “No Winners Here Tonight,” a history of the death penalty in Ohio, and the upcoming “Hatred at Home,” a study of three domestic terrorists in Columbus.

Becky Yerak

Becky Yerak covers banking, insurance and private equity for the Chicago Tribune. She has also been a retail reporter for the Tribune, which she joined in 2003. She earned a journalism degree from Ohio State University, and has spent her entire career as a business reporter, first at the Orlando Business Journal and then the Palm Beach Post. Yerak has covered beats as diverse as the plastics and paint industries, casinos and sports business for the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer, then the Detroit News, and, now, the Tribune. In 2005, she was part of a Tribune team that won a Best in Business award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers for Breaking News for the Sears-Kmart deal.