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Knight Journalism Fellows named at Stanford

STANFORD -- Twelve U.S. journalists and seven from other countries have been awarded John S. Knight Fellowships at Stanford University for the 1993-94 academic year.

During their stay at Stanford, they will pursue independent courses of study and participate in special seminars. The 1993-94 program marks the 28th 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 international fellows are supported by the Reuter Foundation, the Knight Foundation, the Thomson Scholarship Fund and the Fulbright program, and by employers.

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

Following are the 1993-94 Knight Fellows and their fields of study:

United States

Bryan Brumley, Moscow bureau chief,the Associated Press; international economics and commerce.

Kate DeSmet, staff writer/religion, Detroit News; good versus evil, moral choices made in times of threat and danger.

Doug Foster, free-lance journalist, Albany, Calif.; the First Amendment and commercial free speech.

Robert T. Garrett, political columnist and reporter, Louisville Courier-Journal; American social history, regional economics, environmental regulation, health care.

Michelle Johnson, copy desk supervisor, Boston Globe; literature, politics, philosophy.

Kim Komenich, staff photographer, San Francisco Examiner; the evolution and sociological implications of technology, ethical and technological issues in photojournalism.

Bob Minzesheimer, White House/political editor, USA Today; the concept of community, individual rights versus communal responsibilities.

Mary Murphy, producer/48 Hours, CBS News, New York; American history and culture, social problems and conflicts.

David Schrieberg, Mexico City bureau chief, Sacramento Bee; widening gap between rich and poor in Latin America and other developing regions.

Jason Seiken, city and suburban editor, Quincy (Mass.) Patriot Ledger; communities undergoing racial change, history and sociology.

Philip Trounstine, political editor, San Jose Mercury News; modern U.S. and California political history, philosophy of religion.

Don Williamson, editorial columnist, Seattle Times; Asian history, culture and politics.


Tom Backmansson, head of program acquisition/Swedish section, Finnish Broadcasting Co., Helsinki, Finland; business management and economics, communication analysis.

Leda Beck, senior editor, O Estado de Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo, Brazil (Knight Foundation Latin American fellow); origin and control of information.

Tabita Simawati Gunawan, reporter, Jakarta Post, Jakarta, Indonesia; (Reuter Foundation fellow); environmental studies.

Desmond Latham, chief reporter, Radio 702, Johannesburg, South Africa; (Reuter Foundation fellow); international politics and economics, broadcast communication.

Jeffrey Simpson, national affairs columnist/Ottawa, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, Canada (Thomson Scholarship Fund fellow); rights and written constitutions, American foreign policy.

Maria Speck, free-lance journalist, Munich, Germany (Suddeutsche Zeitung Foundation fellow); ecology and environment, eastern and central European history and politics.

Mitsuhiro Yoshida, staff editor, Chugoku Shimbun, Hiroshima, Japan (Fulbright fellow); environmental issues and conservation policy.

The U.S. fellows were chosen by the Knight Fellowship Program Committee: Richard Brody, Stanford professor of political science; Joann Byrd, Washington Post ombudsperson; Sig Gissler, former editor, Milwaukee Journal; Gerald Gunther, Stanford professor of law; Saundra Keyes, Miami Herald managing editor; Marion Lewenstein, Stanford professor of communication; Nancy Packer, Stanford professor of English; Sheila Stainback, anchor/reporter, WPIX-TV, New York.



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