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Twelve U.S. journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University for the 1997-98 academic year.
During their stay at Stanford, the Knight Fellows will pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars. The 1997-98 program marks the 32nd 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 will also include six International Knight Fellows. They will be announced next month.
The Knight Fellowships program director is Prof. James V. Risser.
James R. Bettinger is deputy director.
Following are the 1997-98 U.S. Knight Fellows and their principal areas of study:
Alvin Bessent, editorial writer, Newsday; macroeconomics and the history of successful national economies.
John Boudreau, reporter, Contra Costa Times; human genetics, Shakespeare.
Bob Drogin, Johannesburg bureau chief, Los Angeles Times; humanitarian agencies and international relief groups in the post-Cold War era.
Ann Grimes, deputy national editor, Washington Post; social, political and cultural dynamics of the high-tech workplace.
Curtis Krueger, reporter/columnist, St. Petersburg Times; success in social service agencies.
Kevin McKenna, editorial director, New York Times Electronic Media Co.; communications, technology and business.
Roberta Oster, producer/Dateline, NBC News, New York; immigration and education/
Gary Polakovic, environment writer, Riverside Press-Enterprise; market-based environmental solutions/
Debra Shapiro, senior producer/special projects, WCVB-TV, Boston; at-risk adolescent behavior.
Tabitha Soren, senior political correspondent, MTV News, New York; the transformation of storytelling.
Susan Warner, business reporter, Philadelphia Inquirer; global economics, countries and cultures.
Harriet Washington, freelance medical writer, Rochester, N.Y.; medical experimentation on humans.
The U.S. fellows were chosen by the Knight Fellowship Program Committee: James Adams, Stanford professor of engineering; Robert Boyd, Knight-Ridder national correspondent; Robert Gregg, dean of the Stanford Memorial Chapel; Gerald Gunther, Stanford professor of law; Saundra Keyes, Contra Costa Times managing editor; Marion Lewenstein, Stanford professor of communication; Thomas F. Mulvoy Jr., Boston Globe managing editor; and Sheila Stainback, anchor/reporter, CNBC.