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01/07/92

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Knight grant to fund Latin American journalist at Stanford

STANFORD -- The John S. Knight Fellowships program at Stanford University has been awarded a $175,000 grant to fund a fellowship for a Latin American journalist for each of the next five years.

The grant was approved by the Knight Foundation, which is headquartered in Miami and makes national grants in journalism, higher education, and arts and culture.

Communication Professor James V. Risser, director of the Stanford program, said the grant will continue an effort begun five years ago when the Knight Foundation first provided special funding for a Latin American journalist.

This year's Knight Fellow from Latin America is Merval Pereira, managing editor of O Globo of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's largest newspaper. He is one of six international print and broadcast journalists who are spending a year at Stanford as Knight Fellows, doing research and classroom study.

In addition, 12 professional journalists from the United States are awarded Knight Fellowships at Stanford each year, and are supported through a permanent endowment funded primarily by the Knight Foundation.

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