We are delighted to announce this year’s Persephone Miel Fellows. Most years, the award goes to a single candidate, but this year we have selected three outstanding journalists from a highly competitive pool of more than 170 applicants. They are Yam Kumari Kandel and Shilu Manandhar from Nepal and Mary Wairimu Michengi from Kenya.
Kandel, Manandhar, and Michengi will be working on stories about migration issues in collaboration with the Pulitzer Center and Global Press Journal. See Michengi's reporting here.
The Miel fellowship honors the memory of our friend and colleague Persephone Miel, former senior advisor of Internews. Persephone passed away in 2010 after a long battle with cancer. Before her death, Persephone said she wanted to be remembered by a fellowship that would help media professionals outside the U.S. report on their home countries and bring their work to a broader international audience.
Persephone "had a very clear vision of what she wanted," Pulitzer Center Executive Director Jon Sawyer said at the time. "She's trying to make an opportunity for voices to be heard beyond a region, beyond a country in a larger world, and give us the opportunity to bring those voices to the widest possible audience."
Learn how you can support the Persephone Miel Fellowship Fund today.