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Pulitzer Center Update June 16, 2023

Welcome, 2023 Reporting Fellows

Graphic by Lucy Crelli.


2023 Reporting Fellows will report from 27 countries

The impact of climate change on herding communities in Mongolia. Advances in mental health care in Sierra Leone. Gentrification in Amsterdam and St. Louis. Discrimination toward transgender people in Thailand. Accommodations for the elderly during heatwaves in Singapore. Religion in the conflict between Greek and Turkish Cypriots. These are a few of the subjects our 2023 Reporting Fellows shared at their orientation this past week.
This year’s 44 Campus Consortium Reporting Fellows will travel to 27 countries to pursue stories related to climate change, gender and identity, global health, and peace and conflict. Several will look to possible solutions that can be replicated. They will produce articles, documentaries, and multimedia packages to be published on the Pulitzer Center website and in other outlets such as Civil Eats, The Guardian, Grist, and Politico.
During the Fellows' virtual orientation, Pulitzer Center editors, our Campus Consortium Advisory Council, and Reporting Fellow alums provided advice, ranging from big-picture items (“why we do the work we do”) and reporting tips (“go for midday interviews and golden hour visuals”). Each Fellow also receives mentorship from a Pulitzer Center grantee.
Once they finish their reporting, our Fellows stay a part of the Pulitzer Center community—speaking about their projects on college campuses, in high schools, at conferences, or in workshops. We hope their fellowship will inspire them to do more good work in journalism, international relations, public health, climate activism, or whatever field they may choose!
We’re excited to see what this year holds for the 2023 Fellows. Some amazing stories lie ahead.


Kem Sawyer, Reporting Fellows Program Director signature


P.S.: Special kudos to Reporting Fellow alum Anton L. Delgado, who is now a Southeast Asia Globe reporter and a Pulitzer Center Rainforest Investigations Network Fellow. Learn more about the impact of his recent investigation with NBC below.


A Pulitzer Center-supported project has won a 2023 Dateline award. The Dateline Awards, from the Society of Professional Journalists’ D.C. chapter, honor excellence in print, digital, and broadcast journalism in the greater D.C. metropolitan area. 

Rainforest Investigations Network Fellows Andrew Lehren and Anton L. Delgado wrote the Pulitzer Center-supported story “How the Race for a COVID Vaccine Enriched Monkey Poachers and Endangered Macaques,” which won an award for investigative journalism in the Television category. 

The story, published by NBC News, is part of a larger project on the deforestation of rainforests in Cambodia and Brazil by governments and corporations. The project assesses whether sustainability promises are being kept, and documents the relationship between deforestation and global markets. 

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