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Metcalf Institute Awards Environmental Reporting Fellowships

NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND - July 27, 2009 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded the 2009-2010 Environmental Reporting Fellowship to two professional journalists.

The 2009-2010 Metcalf Institute Environmental Reporting Fellows are: Sindya Bhanoo, a freelance health and technology reporter for The Washington Post in Washington, D.C., and The Industry Standard in San Francisco, CA; and Marina Giovannelli, an independent radio journalist and freelance reporter for National Public Radio's Morning Edition.

The Environmental Reporting Fellowships, for early-career minority journalists, provide five weeks of independent study in environmental science at the University of Rhode Island, including a workshop on environmental justice. Following the independent study, the Environmental Reporting Fellows will each work for nine months reporting on science and the environment at two of the country's top media outlets: Bhanoo will report on the environment for The New York Times, while Giovannelli will cover international environmental news at PRI's The World in Boston.

"We are thrilled to be awarding this year's fellowships to these two young professionals," said Dr. Sunshine Menezes, executive director of the Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting. "We are very impressed with the backgrounds of both individuals and the superior quality of their reporting."

The Metcalf Institute Environmental Reporting Fellowships are intended to increase quality environmental reporting and diversity in newsrooms around the country, and are funded by a grant from the Geosciences Division of the National Science Foundation. Additional support comes from The Providence Journal Charitable 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 Company, The Philip L. Graham Fund, and the Telaka Foundation. Additional information is available online at

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