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4/30/96

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Knight journalism fellows named at Stanford

STANFORD -- Twelve U.S. journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University for the 1996-97 academic year.

During their stay at Stanford, the Knight Fellows will pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars. The 1996-97 program marks the 31st year that Stanford has offered fellowships for professional journalists.

Financial support for the U.S. fellows comes primarily from a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The program also will include seven International Knight Fellows. They will be announced later this month.

The Knight Fellowships program director is Professor James V. Risser. James R. Bettinger is deputy director.

Following are the 1996-97 U.S. Knight Fellows and their principal areas of study:

  • Alex Beam, columnist, Boston Globe; religion, psychology and spirituality.
  • Susan Caba, staff writer, Philadelphia Inquirer; houses, land and community.
  • John Fensterwald, editorial page editor, Concord (N.H.) Monitor; U.S. civic life and social capital.
  • Michael S. Fields, deputy senior editor, National Public Radio; class, race and ethnicity.
  • Bill Gannon, staff writer, Newark Star-Ledger; domestic extremism, terrorism and organized hate.
  • Joan Laatz Jewett, staff writer, Portland Oregonian; ecology, writing and the psychology of change.
  • Marcia Kramer, assistant news editor, Washington Post; management theory and practice.
  • Meg Laughlin, Tropic magazine staff writer, Miami Herald; uses and abuses of power.
  • Rob Taylor, environmental writer, Seattle Post-Intelligencer; conservation biology and ecosystem functions.
  • Maureen West, opinions page editor, Phoenix Gazette; impact of an aging society on politics, social concerns and the marketplace.
  • Kathy Wilhelm, Hanoi bureau chief, Associated Press; development and future of communism in Asia.
  • Andrew Zajac, statehouse reporter, Akron Beacon Journal; business, creative writing and Latin American studies.

The U.S. fellows were chosen by the Knight Fellowship Program Committee: Condoleezza Rice, Stanford provost; James Adams, Stanford professor of engineering; Robert Boyd, Knight Ridder national correspondent; Robert Gregg, Stanford dean of the chapel; Gerald Gunther, Stanford professor of law; Saundra Keyes, Miami Herald managing editor; Marion Lewenstein, Stanford professor of communication; Thomas F. Mulvoy Jr., Boston Globe managing editor; Sheila Stainback, anchor/reporter, CNBC.

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