The Foreign Press Association 2006 Scholarship Winners were RAWYA RAGEH (1ST) from Egypt, ANUPREETA DAS (2ND) from India, STINA LUNDEN (2ND) from Sweden, DAN FISHEL (3RD) from Israel, and JESSICA RAMAKRISHNA from Maylasia.
RAWYA RAGEH (1ST)
Rawya Rageh knew she wanted to be a journalist at age 12. At 19, she took the first step to making her dream come true when, as a junior at the American University in Cairo, she interned
for the Associated Press on the Middle East desk in Egypt in the summer of 2001.
Ms. Rageh joined the company fulltime later that year, reporting on Egypt’s role in the war on terror and covering a wide range of stories, including Arab League meetings and Palestinian faction talks, and covering Sudan and Libya as well. She was later transferred to the AP’s Persian Gulf operation, where she handled copy from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Oman, Yemen and Iran. Her assignments for the AP included covering the annual Muslim pilgrimage, Hajj, the U.S. bases in Qatar and Bahrain, and four stints in Baghdad amid the height of the insurgency.
She contends, however, that the most compelling assignment she was sent to cover was Darfur, Sudan – a revelatory experience that she says impassioned her about Africa. Upon earning her master’s degree from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in May 2006, Rawya hopes to report from sub- Saharan Africa.
ANUPREETA DAS (2ND)
Anupreeta Das is a graduate student in the department of journalism at Boston University. She has written extensively on Indian development, society, politics and globalization issues. She has worked as a general assignment reporter for Outlook, one of India’s most prominent news magazines.
In 2004, Das covered the Indian general elections for the weekly publication. Previously, she worked as a staff writer for The Indian Express, a national daily newspaper. Das was the youngest reporter in the paper’s history to be promoted to the national news bureau. At the Express, she broke a story on how an American company was advertising gender selection products in Indian newspapers. Consequently, a new clause was inserted in existing government legislation on female feticide.
Most recently, she has written for the Christian Science Monitor, about the online tutoring of American schoolchildren by Indian tutors, the growing extravagance of middle-class Indian weddings, and how India is putting all its traditional knowledge, including yoga, into a digital library to prevent theft of its intellectual property.
Preeta holds a master’s degree in international political economy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi. She is currently studying Mandarin and hopes to report from China soon.
STINA LUNDEN (2ND)
Stina Lunden, from Sweden, is a Fulbright scholar enrolled in the Masters program at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. Prior to her becoming a graduate student at the J School, Stina interned as a research assistant at the Washington Post’s Paris bureau. She also had additional experience of working on the foreign desk for the Spanish newsweekly Tiempo in Madrid, Spain.
Lunden holds a B.A. degree with honors in history, French and human rights from Lund University in Sweden. She is fluent in Swedish, English, French, and Spanish. Her studies at Columbia University are focused on international reporting and human rights, as well as financial and business reporting.
Upon completion of her studies, Stina hopes to find work on the foreign desk of an international news publication.
DAN FISHEL (3RD)
Currently a graduate student of Journalism at Columbia University, Dan Fishel, 30, of Tel Aviv, Israel, started his journalistic career at the age of 18, when he was accepted as a correspondent
for the Israeli Air Force
Magazine. During his 3 years of mandatory military service. He was promoted to senior reporter and editor of the technology section. Upon discharge Dan led the foundation of the Air Force’s Web site (www.iaf.org.il), one of the AF’s top projects for its 50th anniversary.
As an undergraduate, Dan edited his university’s student newspaper, and later managed the Internet department of an Israeli start-up company. Upon graduation Dan joined Maariv, the second largest daily in Israel, as an editor at the business desk. During his 3 years with the newspaper he was promoted to edit the nine page Sunday technology section and later was appointed as one of the “heads” of the paper’s business desk.
Dan is one of the founders of Ensemble Center, an academic community project that allows underprivileged children to receive musical education without charge, and he serves as a volunteer EMT with the Israeli Red Cross. Dan has a BA in computer science from the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya.
Jessica Ramakrishnan was born in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and educated there and the U.K. After attending school in England, she studied politics and development studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies.
During the summer of 1997, she got her first taste of journalism when she interned at a men’s lifestyle magazine in Malaysia, interviewing local bands and reviewing films. She went on to edit the arts section of the SOAS magazine and intern at the London Times during her undergraduate years.
Upon graduation in 1999, she joined Euromoney Institutional Investor’s graduate trainee program. She was later promoted to reporter and then senior reporter at Corporate Location magazine. She reported on the last days of the technology boom in Europe, European Union investment legislation and the business impact of the 2004 Athens Olympics for the magazine.
In July 2001, she went on to cover the Asian telecoms market for Global Insight in London. She left to become a freelancer in late 2004. She has written about music, culture, food and travel for publications in the United Kingdom and Asia.