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Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting
Awards Six Fellowships to Minority Journalists

NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND - July 26, 2006 The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded the Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting to six professional journalists.

This 42-week fellowship program provides minority journalists with an opportunity to learn basic science, gain environmental research and reporting skills, and apply new knowledge and skills in a 38-week reporting assignment.

The Diversity Fellowships begin with four weeks of independent study at the University of Rhode Island and the URI Graduate School of Oceanography, including a three-day science immersion workshop on environmental justice. Following the independent study, the fellows will work for nine months reporting on science and the environment at NOVA Science Television, in radio at WGBH The World and NPR-member station, WBUR, Boston, and in print at the Christian Science Monitor, The Standard-Times of New Bedford, Mass., and The Providence Journal, Providence, R.I.

The 2006-2007 Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellows are Meghna Chakrabarti, editor and producer of National Public Radio's On Point at WBUR, Boston, MA; Claudine Ko, senior writer/editor of Jane magazine, New York, NY; Michelle J. Lee, features reporter for the Poughkeepsie Journal, Poughkeepsie, NY; Jori K. Lewis, freelance reporter, Albany, CA; Autumn Lily Spanne, journalism educator, Thoreau, NM; and Moises Velasquez-Manoff, freelance reporter, Brooklyn, NY. (Also see Diversity Fellowship bios.)

The Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting is funded by a grant from the Geosciences Division of the National Science Foundation.

The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting, named for Michael P. Metcalf, late publisher of The Providence Journal, was established in 1997 with funding from the Belo Corporation, The Providence Journal Charitable Foundation, The Philip L. Graham Fund, and the Telaka Foundation. Additional information is available online at

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July 26, 2006