Hall of Fame

A list of past recipients of fellowships.

Asal Ehsanipour

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Asal Ehsanipour is a radio reporter and producer based in San Francisco. She is trained on all aspects of radio production through KALW’s Audio Academy, and currently interns for California Foodways, a public radio series and podcast about the intersection of food, culture, and economics in every county in California.

2018 Emerging Journalist fellow

Sana Malik

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Sana Malik is a documentary filmmaker and freelance journalist who has produced video for the Toronto Star and the Canadian Press, and written for BuzzFeed, VICE and the CBC on issues of immigration, labor and inclusion. Sana founded an award-winning platform for multimedia storytellers of color called This is Worldtown.

2018 Emerging Journalist fellow

Pauly Denetclaw

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Pauly Denetclaw is a reporter for the Navajo Times in Window Rock, Arizona. She was previously a Senior Fellow for Generation Justice (GJ), a nationally recognized multimedia projects that teaches young people how to harness the power of media. A proud citizen of the Navajo Nation, Pauly prioritizes Indigenous communities in her reporting.

2018 Emerging Journalist fellow

Jazmin Goodwin

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Jazmin Goodwin recently graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in journalism and a minor in graphic design from Howard University, where she served as editor-in-chief of The Hilltop. Jazmin is a graduate student at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism and the recipient of the inaugural Ida B. Wells Society Scholarship.

2018 Emerging Journalist fellow

Marielle Argueza

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Marielle Argueza is a staff writer and calendar editor for the Monterey County Weekly. She focuses mostly on K-12 education in her reporting, and has also written on issues of homelessness, immigration and food. Passionate about training the next generation of future journalists, Marielle leads the Weekly’s internship program.

2018 Emerging Journalist fellow

Sydney Greene

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Sydney Greene is a full-time reporting fellow at The Texas Tribune, where she covers state politics and policy at The Texas Tribune through breaking news and enterprise stories. A recent graduate of Arizona State University, Sydney’s passion in journalism is to help tell the stories of underrepresented communities.

2018 Emerging Journalist fellow

Aysha Khan

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Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist working at the Religion News Service as a social media editor and freelance reporter covering Islam. Aysha’s work, which focuses on Muslims in America and digital culture, appears in the Washington Post, NBC, VICE, ThinkProgress and more. She also runs a newsletter, “Creeping Sharia.”

2018 Emerging Journalist Fellow

Jazmin Bailey

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Jazmin Bailey is an Emmy Award-winning anchor for WESH 2 News Sunrise in Orlando, Florida. One of her priorities is ensuring more live interviews are from people of color. As the only anchor in the market to embrace her natural hair on-air, Jazmin makes a valuable statement about inclusion.

2018 Diversity fellow

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

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Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is an LA-based journalist and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California. Her work frequently focuses on inequality and social justice for women and people of color, with recent bylines in Columbia Journalism Review and The Intercept. She covered marginalized communities as a news editor for TakePart.com.

2018 Betsy Wade Legacy Fund fellow

Leezel Tanglao

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Leezel Tanglao is a multimedia journalist at the intersection of editorial, product, business development and sales. She led a global team as Assistant Managing Editor of Programming at CNNMoney. Leezel has also launched products like the proprietary social metric SURGE and worked at CBSNews.com, VICE, NowThis, KCBS/KCAL and more.

2018 Next Step fellow

Katie Jickling

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Katie Jickling is a reporter for Seven Days in Burlington, Vermont. She has written about everything from education and local elections to a police chief’s social media activism and a father’s efforts to care for his mentally ill son. She founded the non-profit GEMS, which offers leadership training for middle school girls in central Vermont.

2018 Emerging Journalist Fellow 

Marina Fang

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Marina Fang’s is a reporter at HuffPost. Her work ranges from live coverage of major events to daily, feature, and analysis stories on the intersection of politics and culture. Marina is a 2015 graduate of the University of Chicago and a proud alum of UChicago’s student newspaper, The Chicago Maroon.

2018 Emerging Journalist fellow 

Amy Westervelt

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Amy Westervelt is an award-winning print and radio reporter and editor. She co-founded Critical Frequency, an independent podcast network focused on elevating the voices of people who tend to have less access to media platforms, including women, people of color, LGBTQ podcasters, and people living outside the country’s media centers.

2018 Entrepreneurial fellow

Shaya Tayefe Mohajer

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Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is an LA-based journalist and adjunct professor at the University of Southern California.

Her work frequently focuses on inequality and social justice for women and people of color, with recent bylines in Columbia Journalism Review and The Intercept. She covered marginalized communities as a news editor for TakePart.com.

2018 Betsy Wade Legacy Fund Fellow

Mariana Cid De Leon Ovalle

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Mariana Cid De Leon Ovalle is a copywriter for a small business magazine. As an intern, she has enjoyed learning about the B2B format, as well as SEO writing. She holds degrees in American Literature and Mexican American studies, and lives with her husband, two kids and three pups in San Antonio.

2018 Emerging Journalist Fellow

Ariel Worthy

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Ariel Worthy is a digital producer/government reporter at WESA. Previously, she was the youngest woman editor in the 54-year history of the Birmingham Times.

Her beats include health, politics, business, lifestyle, human interest and local news.

She is also the vice president of the Birmingham Association of Black Journalists.

2018 Betsy Wade Legacy Fund fellow

Amanda Woytus

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Amanda Woytus is a multihyphenate; by day, she’s an editor at Food & Wine magazine in New York City. By night (and on weekends, lunch breaks, and even family vacations), she’s the creator of a passion project, a podcast called Life TK.

2017 fellowship recipient