Scholarship Winners 2008

The Foreign Press Association 2008 Scholarship Winners were ANUP KAPHLE (1ST) from Nepal, MARIWAN HAMA-SAEED (2ND) from Iraq, VINOD K. JOSE (2ND) from India, ADEOLA OLADELE (3RD) from Nigeria, LAM THUY VO (3RD) from Germany.


Anup is a M.S. candidate in the new media program at Columbia Graduate School of Journalism. He has worked as an intern at and Newsweek International in NY and The Himalayan Times in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Anup has interviewed former UN Secretary-General Boutros Boutros- Ghali which was published in Bard- Politik, a global affairs magazine published by Bard Program for Globalization and International Affairs, where Anup was one of the 16 undergraduates selected to study international relations theory and trends in terrorism and counter-terrorism in 2006. He also published a piece about the Maoist insurgency in Nepal and the state of media in the Middle East.

In 2006, Anup received a grant to travel to the Bhutanese refugee camps in eastern Nepal, where he spent a week at several camps. His piece on the refugees was published in The Nepali Times.

At Columbia, he was recently awarded the Winnick Prize, given to the best story from the Reporting & Writing Seminar at the J-school, for a story in which he and his friend revisited a brutal double homicide in Harlem that happened six years ago. He also received the South Asian Journalists Association scholarship last year.

Anup graduated Magna cum Laude from Tusculum College in Greeneville, TN, where he earned a B.A. in English and was awarded the Bruce G. Batts medal, one of the two highest honors to a graduating senior. While at Tusculum, he edited the college newspaper, during which he broke stories like drug sale on campus and haphazard firing of campus safety officers. He won the Curtis and Billie Owens Award in Creative Writing for three years at Tusculum for his poetry and fiction. Anup hopes to work as an international reporter in South Asia or Africa.


Mariwan is the Iraq editor for the Institute for War and Peace Reporting, a London-based organization that promotes free and fair media in Iraq and other developing countries. He started his journalism career as a translator for news organizations, and then freelanced for Kurdish newspapers.

In August 2006, he moved to the US to pursue a master’s degree in journalism at the University of Colorado at Boulder. There, he worked on a research paper about media in Iraq and supervised a survey of more than 400
Iraqi journalists.

Currently, he is participating in the Politics and Journalism Semester at the Washington Center for Politics & Journalism and is an intern with the National Journal magazine in Wash. D.C.

He was the first Iraqi chosen for the Journalism and Democracy fellowship, hosted by the Institute for the Further Education of Journalists in Sweden in 2006. He just completed his master’s degree and holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Sulaimaniyah in Iraq.


Vinod a Bollinger Fellow at Columbia Journalism School. He worked as a reporter-producer for Pacifica Radio in South Asia for five years. He began his career as a reporter with The Indian Express in New Delhi and became the youngest editor in India when he started a magazine, the Free Press.

He has more than 500 radio reports to his credit. He covered Indo-US relations, the 2004 Tsunami, and the threat of war between India and Pakistan in 2002. Some of his work included a documentary on the Maoist guerillas in Central India and reports on pedophile tourism in Goa, water wars in Rajastan, custodial deaths of prisoners in Indian jails at the China border.

His exclusive interview of the death row prisoner, Mohammad Afzal, convicted in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Indian Parliament, has been translated into 11 south Asian languages.

Vinod grew up 300 miles away from the nearest city, Bangalore. He was born into a subsistence-farming family and Vinod is the first person from his family to go to college.


Adeola is the last of six children born to Rev. Solomon and Margaret Oladele who are missionaries in Nigeria. With a scholarship from the National Association of Congregational Christian Churches, Adeola was able to come to the United States at the age of 19.

She earned a degree in Journalism at Olivet College in Michigan. Adeloa moved to New York in August 2007 after being accepted into CUNY Graduate School of Journalism with the help of some scholarships.

She is a broadcast student concentrating on Business and Economic reporting. She will graduate in December 2008 and after completing her Optional Practicum Training, she will return to Nigeria to start working on her long term dream, to start a Christian television station in Kwara State, her home.


She is an aspiring foreign correspondent, who works as a journalist onvarious platforms: print, photography,video and interactive web. She has lived in Frankfurt, Houston, London, Berlin, and moved to New York City in 2007. Currently, she is doing a Master’s in Journalism (New Media) at the Columbia University.

Lam Thuy Vo hopes to be able to use her new media skills to tell stories from around the globe in innovative ways.

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