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Metcalf Institute Awards Five Fellowships to Minority Journalists
Environmental Reporting to Expand in Newsrooms Across the Country

NARRAGANSETT, RHODE ISLAND - August 20, 2008 - The Metcalf Institute for Marine and Environmental Reporting has awarded the 2008-2009 Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting to five professional journalists.

The 2008-2009 Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellows are: Azadeh Ansari, morning news writer, KTVU-TV in San Francisco, CA.; Hamida Kinge, press and marketing manager, Brooklyn Arts Exchange in New York City; Michelle Ma, environment, health, and social issues reporter, The Daily Triplicate in Crescent City, CA; Brentin Mock, staff writer for Intelligence Report magazine; and Bina Venkataraman, reporting intern at The New York Times [get bios].

The Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting are for early-career minority journalists. The program includes four weeks of independent study in environmental science at the University of Rhode Island including a workshop on environmental justice. Following the independent study, the Diversity Fellows will each work for nine months reporting on science and the environment at one of five outlets, including: CNN; Next American City; The Seattle Times; The American Prospect; and The Boston Globe.

The Metcalf Institute Diversity Fellowships in Environmental Reporting 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 from The Chicago Tribune Foundation will allow the 2008-2009 fellows to attend the annual conference of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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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August 20, 2008