2014 Kiplinger Fellows

Nikolia Apostolou

Freelance Correspondent

Nikolia Apostolou is a video-journalist and writer based in Athens, Greece. For three years, she has reported on the Eurozone crisis for The New York Times, USA Today, Deutsche Welle, Al Jazeera Magazine, Newsweek, The Christian Science Monitor and Global Post. In May 2012 she co-directed a documentary on the Greek ultra-nationalists, “Golden Dawn,” which has been screened in film festivals. In 2013 she won an honorable mention at the International Photography Awards for her video for The New York Times, “Questioning Greek Growth.” She has a master’s degree in digital media at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has lived in Istanbul, Riyadh and New York. Twitter: @NikoliaA

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Stuart Hughes

Senior producer, BBC, London, England

Stuart Hughes is one of the BBC’s most experienced foreign news producers. While reporting from Iraq in 2003, he stepped on an anti-personnel landmine and later had his right leg amputated below the knee. He resumed his career using a state-of-the-art carbon-fiber prosthesis. He is a patron of the Mines Advisory Group, which has cleared landmines in 40-plus countries, and was selected to carry the Olympic Torch in 2012. He works to raise awareness of the safety of journalists in war zones and the psychological toll of reporting conflict. He is a member of the Rory Peck Trust, a charity dedicated to improving the welfare of freelance news gatherers. Hughes is an Ochberg Fellow at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Twitter: @stuartdhughes

Lynn Walsh

Executive producer of investigations, KNSD, San Diego

Lynn Walsh is an Emmy award-winning journalist who has been working in investigative journalism for six years in Ohio, Texas and Florida. Currently she is a National Digital Producer for the 30+ Scripps news organizations across the country. Most recently she was working as the Investigative Producer at WPTV, NewsChannel 5 in West Palm Beach, Florida. She has won state and local awards as well as multiple Emmy’s for her stories. She loves holding the powerful accountable and spends more time than she would like fighting for access to public information. Her passion lies in telling multimedia stories that deliver hard hitting facts across multiple platforms. She describes herself as a "data-viz nerd" who is obsessed with new online tools to share information on the web and mobile applications. Lynn has worked for TV stations in Ohio and Baltimore as well as serving as an intern for The Today Show. She is a contributor to the Radio Television Digital News Association blog and serves on SPJ’s FOI and Generation J committees. Lynn is always interested in new projects surrounding FOI, public information access, mobile reporting tools, social media and interactive journalism. Follow her on Twitter.

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Susan Allan

Susan Allan is managing editor of digital at Maclean’s magazine. After 18 years working primarily behind the scenes at the Ottawa Citizen, a daily newspaper in the capital of Canada, she left to help turn a start-up called iPolitics into a player on Parliament Hill. In May 2012, she was invited to help focus the digital efforts at Maclean’s. (The assignment is a work in progress.) Twitter: @susan_allan

Rebecca Baker

Rebecca Baker joined the New York Law Journal as managing editor in January. Previously she was a reporter, most recently at The (Bergen) Record, where she broke two national stories and had more than 50 front-page bylines in 2013. She covered courts for four years at The Journal News in Westchester County, N.Y., where she created the paper’s first law blog, “Completely Legal,” and appeared on “Nancy Grace, On the Case with Paula Zahn” and “America Greed” for her crime and courts coverage. Baker serves as regional director on the national board of the Society of Professional Journalists, overseeing chapters in the northeast U.S. She has also served as president of SPJ’s New York City chapter, where she remains on the advisory council. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Quinnipiac. Twitter: @RBakerNY

April Bethea

April Bethea is an online producer at The Charlotte Observer. She previously spent eight years as a reporter for the Observer, where she covered county government, education and breaking news. As an online producer, she promotes social media and content on charlotteobserver.com. She has served on multiple newsroom task forces, including helping to write breaking news guidelines. Bethea is secretary of the Greater Charlotte chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists and was part of the Diversity Leadership Program at the 2013 national convention. She also is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists and former president of the Charlotte National Association of Black Journalists chapter. Bethea is a 2004 graduate of the journalism program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Twitter: @AprilBethea

Carli Brosseau

Data Reporter, The Oregonian

Carli Brosseau is a reporter on the investigative team at the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson. She specializes in data journalism, often using spreadsheets or databases as a starting point. Before joining the Star in 2012, Brosseau worked as a freelance reporter for three years. Her work appeared in The New York Times, among other news outlets. She also has been a reporter and copy editor at the Tucson Citizen, The Korea Times and the Post-Bulletin in Rochester, Minn. She earned a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Arizona and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and international studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Twitter: @carlibrosseau

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Evan Bush

Marijuana Reporter/Social Media Editor, The Seattle Times

Evan Bush joined The Seattle Times in 2012 and became its social media editor last August. He’s in charge of connecting readers to The Seattle Times’ best journalism across all social media platforms, promoting best practices on social media throughout the newsroom and facilitating meaningful engagement with readers. Before working in Seattle, Bush was a video producer at Newsy, a startup in Columbia, Mo. He has also worked as a reporter and multimedia journalist. A typical coffee- and outdoors-loving Seattlite, Bush studied magazine journalism at the University of Missouri. Twitter: @evanbush

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Ada Calhoun

Ada Calhoun is the Alicia Patterson Foundation’s 2014 Josephine Patterson Albright Fellow, and is spending the year working on stories about pregnancy and the criminal justice system. She has previously covered this subject for The New Republic and The New York Times Magazine, for which she won the 2013 Council on Contemporary Families Media Award for Print Coverage of Family Issues. In addition, she is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Book Review, is writing a narrative history of Manhattan’s St. Marks Place for W.W. Norton & Co., and has ghostwritten three New York Times bestsellers. Twitter:@adacalhoun

John Diaz

John Diaz has been the San Francisco Chronicle’s editorial page editor since 1996. His editorials and weekly columns have won numerous local, state and national awards. His editorials on financial privacy have been credited for compelling the California Legislature to pass bills to protect customer privacy; his foster care editorials resulted in increased state support and accountability for the foster care system. He has appeared on CNN, MSNBC, PBS “NewsHour” and Fox News “The O’Reilly Factor.” Before joining the opinion pages, Diaz directed the newspaper’s East Bay coverage. He started at the Chronicle in 1990 as an assistant city editor. He has worked as a reporter for the Red Bluff Daily News, the Donrey Media Group, the Associated Press and The Denver Post. Twitter: @JohnDiazChron

David Dizon

David Dizon is deputy desk editor of ABS-CBNnews.com, the website of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs in the Philippines. He started his career as writer/editor of Praise Herald magazine before joining ABS-CBNnews.com as an online journalist. He has covered topics including politics, terrorism, health and the environment. He is a member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the Philippine Network of Environmental Journalists. He has received several awards for his writing on health and population and was a finalist in the first Metrobank Journalist of the Year awards for 2013. Dizon currently lives in Quezon City, Philippines. Twitter: @The_Vedzoner

Rebecca Dolan

Rebecca Dolan serves as online community editor at Washington, D.C.-based Kiplinger, where she also writes about topics such as health and travel. Before joining the Kiplinger team in 2013, Dolan was associate travel editor at The Huffington Post. She also handled the travel section’s social media. She earned a master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University’s Medill School, with a concentration in health and science journalism. Previously she covered lifestyle at Jacksonville Magazine, in Jacksonville, Fla., preceded by a stint at American Cheerleader magazine. She has a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and international relations from The College of William and Mary. Twitter: @Rebecca_Dolan


Hannah Dreier

Hannah Dreier covers gambling from the Associated Press Las Vegas bureau. Her coverage stretches from the fight to legalize online poker to federal investigations into the country’s biggest casino moguls. Before moving to Nevada in 2012, she covered California politics for the AP. Her statehouse stories sparked more than $1 million in government audits. Dreier graduated from Wesleyan University. She began her career as a metro reporter with the Bay Area News Group, covering a town of 30,000. She grew up in San Francisco and now lives around the corner from a casino and two pawnshops. Twitter: @hannahdreier

Michelle Everhart

Michelle Everhart is assistant public affairs editor at The Columbus Dispatch, guiding coverage of politics and government in Ohio and Washington, D.C. She has worked in the journalism field for 12 years. As a small-town cops reporter in Ohio, she once had the opportunity to cover Britain’s election for prime minister in London. She feels that covering murders, local, state and international elections has made her a more versatile journalist. As an editor for breaking news, digital content as well as enterprise news, she has lead multi-day projects for print, digital and broadcast platforms. Twitter: @meverhart26

Moa Frygell

Moa Frygell has worked as a web editor and news anchor at Swedish public service TV, SVT, since 2007. SVT is the largest broadcaster in Sweden. Recently she became one of the first social media editors at the company. In 2009 she took part in introducing SVT on social media and has produced web content for several TV shows, most recently a web-based documentary about a struggling hockey team: “Palmebjörk & Doktorn.” She has a bachelor’s degree in literature and master’s degree in cultural journalism from Umeå University and she frequently lectures about social and digital media. She is convinced that web journalism is an important tool in preserving democracy and stopping extremism. Twitter: @flameglory

Claritza Jiménez

Claritza Jiménez works at Associated Press Television News in Washington, D.C., producing international news for APTN’s Latin America desk. Among the stories she helped cover: Asylum offers from Latin American countries to Edward Snowden; the election of Argentina-native Pope Francis; and the death of Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez. ABC News, BBC News and Al Jazeera are among APTN’s clients. Jiménez started her journalism career working at local TV stations in Chicago and Dallas. She received a bachelor’s degree in political communication from The George Washington University and an Investigative Journalism Fellowship at American University’s School of Communication, where she earned a master’s of arts in journalism. She’s a native Spanish speaker. Twitter: @claritzajimenez

Brendan McCarthy

Brendan McCarthy is managing editor of the Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting, a non-profit newsroom in Louisville. He is a veteran newspaper and TV reporter with a special interest in criminal justice. His investigative reporting at WWL-TV (CBS) in New Orleans exposed human trafficking from the Philippines to offshore oilfields near Louisiana, earning a regional Emmy Award. For six years, McCarthy was a staff writer at The Times-Picayune in New Orleans. His eight-part series, “Homicide 37,” was a finalist for a 2009 Pulitzer Prize for local reporting. McCarthy’s reporting team uncovered police killings and law enforcement cover-ups in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. A graduate of Emerson College, he has written for the Chicago Tribune, the Boston Globe and the Philadelphia Inquirer. Twitter: @bmccarthykycir

Lin Meilian

Lin Meilian is an award-winning senior reporter at the Global Times, an English-language newspaper based in Beijing, where she focuses on conflict reporting and investigative reporting. In 2011, she was the first female reporter that the newspaper dispatched to Libya to cover the war. Her story “Bullied Out of the Closet” uncovered homophobic bullying in China’s schools and won the best English-language report prize in the 2012 China Rainbow Awards. She has spoken to and trained journalism students at various universities in China. Before joining the Global Times, she worked in Japan for the Mainichi Newspaper and the Tokyo Newspaper. She has reported from 10 countries, and has a master’s degree in International Journalism Studies from Hong Kong Baptist University. Twitter: @tiaralin

Christopher Miller

Reporter, Mashable

Christopher Miller is an editor at leading English-language newspaper the Kyiv Post in Kyiv, Ukraine, where he reports on human rights issues, government corruption and most recently the large-scale protest movement known as EuroMaidan. He is a regular contributor to Mashable and GlobalPost, and has published with The Telegraph and The Times of London, among other news outlets. In 2012, he worked with the Institute of Mass Information in Ukraine, writing and translating reports about press freedom violations in the former Soviet country. A native of Portland, Oregon, and a graduate of Portland State University, Christopher is also a returned Peace Corps volunteer (Ukraine 2010-2012). Twitter: @ChristopherJM

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James Pilcher

James Pilcher is an investigative reporter for the Cincinnati/Kentucky Enquirer and a practicing journalist for 25 years. He is the Enquirer’s lead reporter covering government waste and misspending. He is vice president and past president of the Cincinnati Society of Professional Journalists, and has served on the national board as a regional director and national committee member. A long-time advocate for the use of technology in the newsroom, he has won numerous journalism awards, including best business reporter in Ohio in 2006 and several national awards for his reporting on the Brent Spence Bridge. Pilcher has worked for The Associated Press in Atlanta, Copley Chicago Newspapers and the Savannah Morning News. Twitter: @jamespilcher

Hilary Powell

Hilary Powell is a reporter and photographer for Lakeshore Public Media (PBS). Previously, she was a digital associate producer at The Oprah Winfrey Network. Content that she helped produce garnered a Creative Arts Emmy for social TV experience. Prior to that she was an award-winning researcher for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and cut her teeth in network television as an intern for ABC’s “Good Morning America.” In 2008, she was one of only 30 emerging journalists selected by The New York Times to report in post-Katrina New Orleans. Powell earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalist and the Knight-Batten Awards for Innovations in Journalism. Twitter: @mshilary

Silvia Salgado

Silvia Salgado is senior social media producer for Univision Network’s news magazine show “Primer Impacto” in Miami. She also produces digital content and publishes material on primerimpacto.com. Prior to taking this role she worked as and as assignment editor, line producer and entertainment producer for the same show. She was an assignment editor and producer for “Noticiero Univision” for two years. She began her career in Chicago as an intern for Telemundo, then joined Univision Chicago news team. During her final year in Chicago she received two Emmy nominations. Last year, Salgado won the Social TV Award for best news or information program. She was also one of 10 journalists selected by Project Interchange to attend the South Florida Hispanic Leaders Seminar in Israel. Twitter: @ssalga1


Bridget Shirvell

Bridget Shirvell is the first audience engagement specialist for the PBS NewsHour. She uses analytics to oversee long-term social media strategy for the show. Shirvell is founding editor of the hyper-local website Stonington-Mystic Patch, where she experimented with new ways to tell stories and helped develop social media best practices for Patch editors around the country. In addition to her social media work, she writes stories for Relish magazine and The Latin Kitchen about the changing ways Americans eat. She also researches data stories for Visual.ly. Twitter: @breeshirvell

Mike Soraghan

Mike Soraghan is a reporter for EnergyWire, E&E Publishing publication and the leading source for comprehensive, daily coverage of the transformation of American energy. He writes general assignment, enterprise and investigative stories, primarily on oil and gas drilling. He has explored the frequency of spills from drilling sites and extensively has covered earthquakes caused by oil and gas drilling activities. Prior to EnergyWire, he covered congressional leadership for The Hill newspaper. He also has covered Colorado politics for The Denver Post in the both the statehouse and the paper’s Washington bureau. He has received awards from the National Press Club and the Society of Environmental Journalists, and participated in the Denver Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Columbine massacre. Twitter: @MikeSoraghan

Peter St. Cyr

Peter St. Cyr is an Emmy award-winning journalist and contributing reporter to Albuquerque The Magazine and the Santa Fe Reporter. He specializes in government and complex public interest stories. He successfully sued Gov. Bill Richardson in 2010 after his access to pardon applications and clemency documents was blocked. An alumnus of the Ted Scripps Leadership Institute, he has been recognized by the National Television Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Associated Press, New Mexico Broadcasters Association, New Mexico Press Women, and Top of the Rockies for excellence in journalism. In 2012 he was selected as a John Jay College Juvenile Justice Center Fellow. His work has aired on KOB TV, New Mexico PBS, America Tonight Radio, CNN Television, ABC Radio and Fox News Radio. Twitter: @Peter_StCyr

Catherine Strawn

Catherine Strawn is a contributing editor at Country Living, where she covers up-and-coming entrepreneurs, historic small businesses and purveyors, and companies that manufacture American products. Prior to joining the magazine in 2010, she helped launch new web properties for Turner Broadcasting and worked as an editor at Jane magazine. She earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and spent four months in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, writing for The Star and Weekend Argus newspapers. Her work has appeared in the New York Post, Men’s Journal, Coastal Living, HGTV Magazine, Woman’s Day and CNN.com. Twitter: @hicatherine

Clare Trapasso

Clare Trapasso is a financial journalist for the Financial Times’ Ignites. She writes news and features stories and creates videos for the electronic publication. She formally was a multimedia reporter for New York Daily, covering local and national news such as the Sandy Hook shooting and the devastation of Hurricane Sandy. Trapasso also teaches aspiring journalists at the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has been an adjunct professor for three years. Trapasso went into journalism after completing a two-and-a-half year stint as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Independent Samoa. She was an Associated Press reporter before she joined the Daily News. She earned her master’s degree in journalism from New York University in 2007. @claretrap

Mary Orndorff Troyan

Mary Orndorff Troyan covers Congress for Gannett in South Carolina, Alabama and Virginia. Her primary focus is watchdog coverage of lawmakers most important to readers in these communities. The beat also includes covering issues in the federal agencies and courts that are relevant to readers, and explaining how national policies affect local audiences. She’s been a regional reporter in Washington, D.C., for 14 years, first for The Birmingham News, and with Gannett for the last year-and-a-half. Her bylines appear mostly in The Greenville News, the Montgomery Advertiser and the Staunton News Leader, and occasionally in USA Today. Before moving to Washington, Troyan worked as a reporter covering education, politics and state government in Montgomery and Birmingham. She is a graduate of Auburn University. Twitter: @orndorfftroyan