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Stanford Report, April 30, 2003

12 U. S. journalists awarded John S. Knight Fellowships

Twelve U.S. journalists have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University for the 2003-04 academic year.

During their stay at Stanford, the Knight Fellows will pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars. The 2003-04 program marks the 38th year that Stanford has offered fellowships for professional journalists.

Financial support for the U.S. fellows comes primarily from an endowment provided by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The program also will include a group of International Knight Fellows. They will be announced in May.

The Knight Fellowships program director is James R. Bettinger. Dawn E. Garcia is the deputy director.

Following are the 2003-04 U.S. Knight Fellows and their principal areas of study:


Gail Ablow, television documentary producer, New York; environmental science, policy and health


Barbara Brotman, columnist and writer, Chicago Tribune; religion and women


Sara Catania, staff writer, LA Weekly; mental illness and criminal law


Matt Crenson, national writer, Associated Press; non-archaeological investigations of human prehistory


Robert Hiaasen, features reporter, Baltimore Sun; fiction, screenwriting and narrative journalism


Kay Johnson, correspondent/Vietnam, Time; globalization's impact on international law


Torsten Kjellstrand, photojournalist, Spokane Spokesman-Review; the renaissance on Native American reservations


Barbara Roessner, deputy managing editor, Hartford Courant; art and politics


Kelly Scott, Sunday calendar editor, Los Angeles Times; how dramatic license in popular culture shapes our understanding of history


Lynne K. Varner, editorial writer and columnist, Seattle Times; evolving political dynamics between African Americans and Hispanics


Eric Weiner, Tokyo correspondent, National Public Radio; the clash of the modern world with ancient cultures and religions


Bonnie Winston, public safety team editor, Norfolk Virginian-Pilot; the impact of race, culture and religion on conflict and conflict resolution


The U.S. fellows were chosen by the Knight Fellowships Program Committee: Robert Boyd, national science writer, Knight-Ridder; Luis Fraga, Stanford associate professor of political science; William B. Gould IV, Stanford professor emeritus of law; Ardith Hilliard, executive editor, The Morning Call (Allentown, Pa.); Marion Lewenstein, Stanford professor emerita of communication; Alex MacLeod, managing editor, Seattle Times; Diane Middlebrook, Stanford professor emerita of English; Norman Naimark, Stanford professor of history; and Sheila Stainback, anchor, Court TV. SR

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