2012 Kiplinger Fellows

Adeel Ahmad Aamir

Adeel Ahmad Aamir has worked for five years for Geo News, the leading news network in Pakistan. He earned an M.S. in communication studies and an M.A. in political science. Currently, Adeel is enrolled in an M.Phil Communication Studies at the University of Punjab. He started his career as a radio broadcaster in 2004 from Punjab University Campus radio as a producer of educational programs. In 2005, he led a team of broadcasters covering a destructive earthquake in northern Pakistan and helped establish radio transmission in the devastated region. For Geo News, he has produced many news programs and talk shows – most notably a documentary about the Taliban insurgency in the Swat region near the border with Afghanistan. Twitter:@AdeelAhmadAamir

JoNel Aleccia

JoNel Aleccia is a senior health and science reporter for msnbc.com, the online news site, and TODAY.com, the website for NBC’s TODAY show. She’s been the lead staff reporter covering breaking and enterprise health stories at the national and international level since 2008, when she made the leap from print to the Web. Since then, she’s been recognized as part of reporting teams that have won two National Press Club Awards for digital journalism. Before that, she was an award-winning reporter, editor, and columnist covering health, education and social issues at regional daily newspapers in the Northwest for more than 20 years. Twitter: @JoNel_Aleccia

Alex Baldinger

Alex Baldinger, a reporter and former multiplatform editor at The Washington Post, now works as the social media coordinator for the newspaper’s Weekend section and its online counterpart: GoingOutGuide.com. In this role, Alex works with editors and staff to write, produce and supervise the creation of content that will resonate with readers in the Washington area, stirring engagement on Twitter, Facebook and on the Going Out Gurus blog. Alex was hired by the Washington Post in 2005 and has been a writer for the Weekend section and Going Out Guide since 2008. Twitter: @baldinger

Sujata Berry

Sujata Berry graduated with a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University. For the last 18 years she has worked as a broadcast journalist with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). She started out producing interviews, eventually producing current affairs documentaries and programs for the Network News. The most rewarding part of her career was working with the CBC’s investigative unit because it made her a more rigorous journalist and taught her new ways to work. She has also worked as a current affairs producer for CBC Radio and done special projects for the website. Sujata has built on all that experience and now works in a multimedia environment producing news specials for CBC News customizing stories for radio, television and the Web. Twitter: @sujataberry

Karin Caifa

Karin Caifa is the Washington bureau senior producer and consumer reporter for CNN Newsource, the affiliate news service of CNN. Karin’s stories are distributed to more than 850 local stations domestically, as well as CNN platforms on air and online worldwide. Prior to joining CNN in 2007, Karin spent five years with the networks of NBC, including CNBC & MSNBC. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international studies from the Johns Hopkins University, and a bachelor’s degree in clarinet performance from the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Karin earned her master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Twitter: @karincaifaCNN

Doug Caruso

Doug Caruso covers City Hall for The Columbus Dispatch. In 15 years with the newspaper, Doug has covered higher education and led local government coverage during eight years as an editor. In 2001, he created an online database of political contributions to the mayor and City Council. Accompanying stories led to a reform of city campaign finance laws: Reports are now filed online, and donors must identify their employers. Back at City Hall after his stint as an editor, Doug blogs, tweets and posts breaking news online. Meanwhile, he pursues traditional reporting through sources and records requests. Twitter:@DougCaruso

Phoebe Connelly

Phoebe Connelly is a writer and editor in Washington, D.C., with nine years of journalism experience. As senior news editor at Yahoo! News, she has run crowd-sourcing efforts around long-term unemployment and the 2012 election. She specializes in social Web integration: she started Yahoo!’s politics Tumblr, and contributes to the Yahoo! News Tumblr. She previous worked at The American Prospect and was a fellow at American University’s Center for Social Media. Her writing has appeared at The Atlantic, NPR and Bookforum. Twitter: @phoebedoris

Alexander Coolidge

Alexander Coolidge has been a reporter for the Cincinnati Enquirer since 2005. Previously, he worked at the Cincinnati Post, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, the News-Press of Fort Myers, Fla., and Foster’s Daily Democrat in Dover, N.H. A native Iowan, he graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Columbia University. He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Best Business Reporter in Ohio by both the Ohio Associated Press and the Cleveland Press Club. He is president of the Cincinnati chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. Twitter: @alexcoolidge

Crystal Cranmore

Crystal Cranmore is a producer for CBSPhilly.com. During her two years there, Crystal has reported on several national stories including the Dream Act and the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal. Crystal’s primary duties include monitoring site pages, writing breaking news and features, and using social media. Crystal has been recognized for her achievements in journalism including a White House Correspondents’ scholarship award in 2008 and acceptance into the Knight Digital Media Fellowship at UC Berkeley. Prior to CBS, Crystal was a reporter for The Gazette, The Echoes-Sentinel and several entertainment magazines. She studied print journalism at Howard University. Twitter: @CranmoreTWCNews

Sarah J. Glover

Sarah J. Glover is a staff photographer at the Philadelphia Daily News. She has a dual bachelor’s degree in photojournalism and African American studies from Syracuse University, and a master’s degree in communication studies from Edinboro University of Pa. Sarah has won numerous photography awards, including a Best of Photojournalism Award from the National Press Photographers Association. In addition to shooting stills for the Daily News, Sarah shoots and edits video for Philly.com. She shot and produced videos for the Daily News package that garnered the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism. Twitter:@skyphoto

Martha Graybow

Martha Graybow is an editor-in-charge for legal coverage at Reuters in New York, overseeing a team of reporters in New York, Delaware and California who write about financial fraud, business litigation and bankruptcy. Martha has worked at Reuters since 2001 as an editor and reporter, covering law, media and the mutual fund industry. Before joining Reuters, she was a correspondent for CNNfn.com, a reporter and editor for the English language edition of Israeli newspaper Ha’aretz in Tel Aviv, and a reporter for the Associated Press in New York and Richmond, Va. She holds a B.A. in English from the College of William and Mary and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow in Economics and Business Journalism. Twitter: @MarthaGraybow

Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson is a reporter and social media strategist at the Sacramento Business Journal. Her beats include retail, sports, insurance, education, nonprofits and social media. In 2005, she spent a dozen days in China chronicling a Sacramento trade mission through what would now be considered a daily blog. Johnson leads the development of social media strategy and initiatives for the Business Journal. She also serves on the national social media committee for parent company American City Business Journals. Prior to her 15 years at the paper, Johnson was a reporter for the (Eureka, Ca.) Times-Standard daily newspaper and for The Sacramento Bee’s zoned edition. She earned a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Twitter: @kjohnsonsacbiz

Yanick Rice Lamb

Yanick Rice Lamb is an award-winning journalist and author. She is associate professor and coordinator of the Print/Online Journalism Sequence at Howard University. Lamb also is editor-at-large of Heart & Soul magazine and co-founder of Fully-Connected.com. Previously, she was editorial director of Heart & Soul, founding editor of BET Weekend, editor-at-large at Essence, senior editor at Child, contributing editor at Emerge, an editor at The New York Times and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and reporter at The Blade in Toledo, Ohio. An Ohio State University graduate, she is co-author of “Born to Win: The Authorized Biography of Althea Gibson.” Twitter: @yrlamb

Daniel Lathrop

Daniel Lathrop tells stories with computer code at The Dallas Morning News as news application editor. A Seattle native, he began his journalism career as a police and courts reporter at The Tribune of Ames, Iowa, after attending Haverford College. He went on to do nationally award-winning work at The Center for Public Integrity, where he became a national figure in the world of computer-assisted reporting. In 2008 he shared a White House Correspondents Association Edgar A. Poe Award for work at the Seattle P-I revealing the failure of the post-9/11 FBI to pursue white-collar criminals. Twitter: @lathropd

Octavio López

Octavio López, a native of Mexico City, has worked for 14 years for Tribune Co. in Chicago. He is part of the team at Hoy Chicago, the Spanish publication of the Chicago Tribune. He began as copy editor, then became the assignment editor for local content (Chicago area), and now is in charge of the Breaking News Center for Hoy Newspaper and its website (vivelohoy.com). He graduated from the School of Political Science at UNAM, the biggest university in Latin America. Twitter: @OctavioGLopez

Barbara Mantel

Barbara Mantel is an award-winning journalist with more than 25 years of experience. She has worked as a senior correspondent for National Public Radio covering a variety of beats, including business and economics, education, welfare reform and 9/11. She has won the National Press Club’s Best Consumer Journalism Award and Lincoln University’s Unity Award in Media. As the senior producer of NPR’s Talk of the Nation/Science Friday for its first three years, Barbara guided the call-in talk show in its coverage of science topics ranging from the AIDS crisis to string theory. Barbara now concentrates on writing long-form articles for CQ Researcher. She has won two Front Page Awards for CQ, including one for a 2008 CQ Researcher on the state of indigent defense. Twitter: @BJMantel

Maria Martin

Maria Martin, in more than 25 years as a radio journalist, has created cutting-edge, award-winning programming that has served Latino audiences and informed others about this growing population, including NPR’s LATINO USA. For the last eight years, she has been an independent producer based in Guatemala, creating cross-hemisphere connections through journalism training projects in Bolivia , Uruguay, and Central America, as well as through her own reporting and capacity-building projects to inform audiences across continents. Martin’s awards include the RFK Journalism Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and the National Council of la Raza’s Journalist of the Year Award.

Ivan Moreno

Ivan Moreno always has been an anxious person but he doesn’t run away. So he became a journalist. His family came to the United States from Mexico when he was 6, and he hated every moment of the transition. So he took to words. Short stories, classroom spelling bees. He hates losing, so when he dropped out of high school, his competitiveness drove him to college, and journalism was his savior. It took him to the Rocky Mountain News for two years and The Associated Press the last four years. He’s currently the Colorado statehouse correspondent. It’s a stressful beat, but he loves staring challenges in the face. Twitter:@IvanJournalist

Colleen O’Dea

Colleen O’Dea has been a journalist for nearly 30 years. She started her career as a part-time correspondent for The Record of New Jersey, then spent most of her career at the Daily Record of Morris County. O’Dea left the paper in February 2011 and spent much of the last year freelancing for several New Jersey-based magazines and served as the New Jersey reporter for the Center for Public Integrity’s State Integrity Investigation. O’Dea oversaw NJ Spotlight’s legislative election database and coverage this year and recently joined the online, issues-based news site. She has won numerous state and national journalism awards. Twitter:@colleenodea

Stephanie Paige Ogburn

Stephanie Paige Ogburn made the switch to science and environment journalism in 2005, while getting her master’s in environmental science at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. While there, she procrastinated work on her thesis by co-founding a student environmental magazine and interning at High Country News. After graduating, Stephanie worked as a reporter for the Cortez Journal in the Four Corners area of Colorado. She later moved to Oakland, Calif., where she freelanced for publications including Grist.org, Oakland Local and High Country News. She returned to Colorado in 2010 to become online editor of High Country News, a news magazine that primarily covers environment and natural resource issues in 11 Western states. Twitter: @spogburn

Mary Pasciak

Mary Pasciak covers the Buffalo Public Schools for The Buffalo News, where she has worked since 1998. Last year, she launched the School Zone blog, which has become central to the paper’s education coverage. In 2010, the New York State Associated Press Association awarded her first place for blogging and second place for beat reporting among newspapers with circulation over 125,000. Two years ago, she and two colleagues received honorable mention for their multimedia work. For 11 years, she has been an adjunct journalism instructor at Buffalo State College, where she has taught news reporting, computer-assisted reporting, and online journalism. Twitter: @SchoolZoneBlog

Chandra Shekher

Chandra Shekher is a producer with Lok Sabha Television, India’s first 24-hour parliamentary television channel. A journalist and documentary film maker, he has worked for Discovery, Star News and Channel 4, UK. He has produced documentary films that have been screened in the Indian Parliament. In 2008, he was awarded Commonwealth Broadcasting Association Bursary to study Documentary Film Making at Thomson Foundation in Cardiff, Wales, UK. Chandra believes in sharing his knowledge with others and teaches journalism students on a voluntary basis. Twitter: @chandraindia

Keila Szpaller

Keila Szpaller has been a reporter for eight years and spent the last five covering local government for the Missoulian in Montana. Her coverage of a housing agency earned her a first place “Watchdog” award from the Society of Professional Journalists. She exposed City Council members holding secret email discussions during public meetings and tweeted live from the largest Council hearing on record on a controversial human rights resolution. In 2008, Szpaller launched the Missoulian’s local government blog, MissoulaRedTape.com. She’s also blogging her way to a book proposal about her family’s emigration from Brazil and volunteering as a writing coach in the public schools. Twitter: @keilaszpaller

Lori Weisberg

Lori Weisberg, a newspaper reporter for more than 30 years, has had a lifelong passion for journalism, dating to her first writing stint on her junior high newspaper. A graduate of UCLA, she began her professional career at a small daily in San Diego County, where she did everything from editing and reporting to laying out the paper. She subsequently worked at the Orange County Register and later at the San Diego Union-Tribune, where she has had a number of different beats, including city government, redevelopment, demographics, real estate, and tourism and restaurants — her current assignment. She’s won numerous local and national awards for her writing and reporting. In recent years, she has shot and edited video for some of her stories. Twitter:@lori_weisberg

Mary Wozniak

Mary Wozniak hates injustice and loves having a job where she can do something about it. She also loves to write in-depth stories that readers connect to and maybe, just maybe, make a difference in how they view the world. Mary is a senior staff writer focusing on enterprise and investigative reporting at the News-Press in Fort Myers, Fla. A journalist for 24 years, she has covered police, environment, education, politics, features, business, arts, entertainment, hurricanes and more. She has earned about 40 awards. Mary has a bachelor of arts in English literature, summa cum laude, from the State University College at Buffalo, N.Y., her hometown. Twitter: @wozisme