2017 Scholarship Winner – Riham Alkousaa

Joint 3rd Place Award $2,500

Riham Alkousaa is a Syrian journalist. She received her BA in journalism from Damascus University as the top honor student for 2012. In Syria, she worked as a news editor and a reporter for several local and Arabic media platforms.

In September 2014, she moved to Berlin where she wrote for American and German media outlets such as USA TodayGlobal PostWashington Times, Aljazeera English and Der Spiegel magazine covering the Syrian conflict and refugee crisis in Europe.  This May she graduated from the M.A. program in politics and international affairs at Columbia University, the Journalism School. Her graduation project on Palestinian-Syrian statelessness in Europe was a finalist for the best MA thesis. Riham was a White House Correspondents Association scholar for 2017 and Women International Leadership fellow. This summer, she is joining Reuters’ office in New York.

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