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September 2014 Newsletter
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Vol. 23 No. 3
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Orientation 2014

By Clare Richardson (Burns 2014)


Rubbing their arms for warmth, the German fellows asked warily whether all American offices would be so cold. After three days trapped in an air-conditioned conference room, we were all pleased to be released outdoors and bask by the pool.


At Airlie, where fireflies bob across green meadows, humidity hugs you like quicksand, and Burns fellows regularly miss breakfast, rumors spread that a German journalist had once ridden a bicycle into the pool. The class of 2014 took that as a late-night call to action. An international delegation accepted the challenge and, with grace, fortitude and manpower, created a secret new provocation for future generations of Burns fellows.


Although German-American relations are arguably at their lowest point since 2003, Deutschlandfunk correspondent Michael Watzke and Wall Street Journal reporter Jack Nicas showed us true love conquers all. Bromance blossomed before our eyes without regard to political frictions as the pair laughed in front of sunflower fields, sang improvised blues duets, and coordinated outfits.


Our group was so popular at Airlie that a local barman invited us to crash a wedding reception. Regretfully we were unable to attend, and instead competed amongst ourselves in the dance equivalent of Eurovision, featuring presentations of "Cowboy und Indianer" and Will Smith's iconic moves to "Jump On It." (Frank said the Americans won.)

2014 fellows on steps of U.S. Capitol.

The week prior we enjoyed discussions with an array of policymakers and academics on local politics, world affairs, and the state of journalism. The German fellows whipped out their "Handys" and snapped photos when former German health minister Daniel Bahr arrived. Then they proceeded to grill him with tough questions, commenting that he looked happier than during his time in office.


The U.S. spy scandal in Germany and the Russian-Ukrainian crisis dominated many of the panel discussions. We met Congressman Sean Maloney of New York's 18th district on the steps of Capitol Hill for a candid discussion about surveillance that showed some American lawmakers do understand the Germans' concerns.


During a panel with former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal editor Marcus W. Brauchli, New York Times deputy Washington bureau chief Elisabeth Bumiller, and ICFJ

Fellow Jack Nicas talks with Board Chairman Marcus Brauchli.

 president Joyce Barnathan, we highlighted the difficulty that

 American journalists face when reporting in a country with such an expansive surveillance program. With phones and email often out of the question, Joyce Barnathan likened the circumstances to her days working as a correspondent in Russia.


The panel also offered insight into the tectonic shifts in our profession, comparing Die Welt's digital-first approach with the changes in American newsrooms. We considered circumstances that one should take into account when weighing the government's claim that a story would be detrimental to national security against the importance of press freedom.


Alumnus Moises Mendoza (Burns 2009) and 2014 fellows Frauke Lüpke-Narberhaus and Sven Böll.

The impressive lineup of speakers sparked important dialogue, but in the end, it was our program directors' efficiency, kindness, and senses of humor that made a week of summer camp for journalists fly past. I arrived in Berlin with bags under my eyes, a new set of friends, and a stronger understanding of key issues in transatlantic relations.


Clare Richardson is a freelance journalist and the former world editor for Reuters.com and The Huffington Post. She is spending her Burns Fellowship at Deutsche Welle TV in Berlin.

Senator Richard Lugar and guests at the ambassador's reception in Washington.
2012 alumni Tetiana Anderson and Sonia Kennebeck.

As Ukraine Crisis Intensifies, Shape of Coverage Changes

By Sabra Ayres (Burns 2005)


As the Ukraine crisis expands and becomes an increasingly global story, I can't help but think back to last November when I arrived in Kiev with an idea to do one or two stories about the anti-government protest movement that had erupted in the center of the capital city.


At the time, the scene on Kiev's main square, now familiar to the world as the Maidan, was a scene of optimism, with students and civil society groups demonstrating for change to their country's political system and against systemic corruption.


That all changed in the early morning hours of Nov. 30, when government police forces stormed in and attacked a group of protesting students camped out in the cold night on the square. The images of police brutally beating young Ukrainian university students mobilized hundreds of thousands across the country. Pretty soon, Maidan transformed into a little city, where volunteers cooked huge pots of borsch while others set up tents representing cities and regions across Ukraine. Maidan was full of motivation to bring about change to the country. The Ukrainian press sprang into action and stopped towing the line of their oligarch owners.


It was easy to talk to people on the square then, even when tensions were high as the government riot police, known as the Berkut, would tighten their encirclement of the Maidan. On the square and in the tents, there was a sense of hope. Protesters believed that progress was being made by a shared desire for changing a corrupt system of government that had driven the post-Soviet republic's economy into the ground.


Flash forward nine months, and I'm now in eastern Ukraine wearing a flak jacket and helmet as I visit towns and villages caught in the middle of a war that no one ever thought would come to this part of the world. The sound of heavy artillery smashing into hospitals, houses and schools in central Donetsk, a modern city in the heart of Ukraine's industrialized east, wakes me up in the morning; and I'm getting used to interviewing pensioners who have lost their spouses after their modest apartments were shelled.


My stories have changed from gathering voices of optimism to voices of desperation. More than 2,600 people have been killed since April and as many as one million have left their homes to get away from the war.


By June, the story had changed so much, it became hard to believe I was still in Ukraine. One hundred killed on Maidan in February. Russian troops appeared overnight in Crimea and a few weeks later, Russia annexed the Black Sea Peninsula. Violent fights broke out in eastern Ukraine cities, and suddenly the Russian flag was being hoisted on city administration buildings by armed men. In April, two regions declared themselves independent from Kiev, and the Ukrainian government began its anti-terrorism operation to route them out.

A pro-Russia rebel looking at a piece of the MH17 crash site on July 17, 2014, in Hrabove, Ukraine.


Ukraine is now flooded with international journalists, which in and of itself seems odd. A year before, it was hard to get a byline out of Kiev, let alone out of the eastern Ukrainian cities of Luhansk or Mariupol, unless you were a correspondent for Coal Miners and Metalworkers Monthly, or some other industry-specific journal.


Now, it's the front line of what seems to be a new Cold War, and just about every foreign correspondent from around the world has been in and out of Ukraine several times.


The rhetoric from the pro-Russia rebels turned from anti-Ukrainian to very anti-American, with many of them refusing to talk to an American correspondent such as myself. At times, it's tense at their checkpoints when they see my passport. A few times, they have held us while waiting for permission from their commanders to let us through. Since April, two of my close friends and colleagues -- one American and one Ukrainian -- have been taken "prisoner" by the rebels, who beat them and held them in basement cells for four days before releasing them.


Many rebels now tell me it's U.S. President Barack Obama's fault. They blame him for supporting the fascist junta in Kiev that is trying to ethnically cleanse Russians from eastern Ukraine. They say that the Russian mentality is too different from the democratic ideals of the European Union, so there's no way Ukraine could ever be accepted by Europe. Many eastern Ukrainians who support the separatists tell me they want to recreate a new Soviet Union and guard themselves from a Europe that is riddled with immoral behavior, such as homosexuality.


I've heard so many crazy theories about what this conflict is actually about that my head can spin as I try to figure out how people could believe such nonsense. How this tragic situation in Ukraine started is one of the major themes of this ongoing conflict, and one that will likely be debated for many years to come.


As I write this, NATO is meeting in Wales to discuss how it might deal with an aggressive Russia in NATO's northern member states in the Baltics. Tomorrow, there will be discussions in Minsk on how and if a ceasefire can be achieved. Meanwhile, the pro-Russia separatists are firing heavy artillery in the direction of the port city of Mariupol on the Azov Sea. A local group of volunteers has organized a pro-Ukrainian rally to show their support for an end to this conflict and a united Ukrainian nation.


With the way things are going, this conflict in Ukraine is not likely to end soon, however.


Sabra Ayres is a freelance journalist currently based in Kiev, Ukraine. Her work from Ukraine has appeared in The Christian Science Monitor, the Los Angeles Times, Al Jazeera America, and U.S. News and World Report, among other publications. She spent her Burns Fellowship in 2005 at the Stuttgarter Zeitung. You can follow her on twitter @SabraAyres.

Visit to Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting Yields Insights, Trip to ER

Susan Valot (Burns 2011)


In June, the Internationale Journalisten Programme gave me the opportunity to attend the annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in southern Germany, which brought together hundreds of young scientists with Nobel laureates in the science and medical fields.


I was able to interview scientists to whom I otherwise might not have access. How often do you get a chance to talk one-on-one with the man who discovered the link between the human papillomavirus and cervical cancer or the woman who helped discover HIV? I conducted interviews for future stories and sat in on fascinating discussions about the latest science and studies.


Through informal events, like a boat ride on the Bodensee to the "garden isle" of Mainau, I was able to interact with the Nobel laureates of the future. I learned that after years of schooling, many young American scientists are struggling to find jobs, amid cuts in U.S. federal funding and declining academic funding for studies. I talked to a young Mexican scientist who moved to Germany to work and who didn't think he would ever be able to move back home, in part because having a post-doctorate education puts him and his family at risk of being kidnapped for ransom by Mexican gangs.


The interviews with the young scientists were the most eye-opening and refreshing. Their stories, scientific studies and perspectives were the most valuable part of the trip. It reminded me to look behind the marquee names in the science world and talk with the less famous scientists who are doing a lot of great work.


But perhaps the greatest experience I had in Lindau was not one that was planned, nor welcome. About halfway through the program, I rolled my ankle on uneven pavement and fell on my face, literally.


I sat up, bleeding, and felt my nose. It did not seem obviously broken, though blood was gushing from the bridge of my nose like a bad Monty Python gag. I fished around in my purse for a pack of tissues. Meanwhile, an older man, who spoke very little English, stopped to help me. In German, he told me he would take me home to his wife, so she could have a look. He helped me gather up my things, loaded them on his bicycle and walked me up the street to his house. The couple gave me some water, while the man's wife gave me some holistic medicine to take. She helped me clean up the wound, which by then had stopped bleeding, but looked terrible. My face was starting to swell. I might as well have been Rocky after a losing bout. I certainly felt like it.


The man carried my things back to my hotel and explained to the staff in German what had happened. What did they do? They offered me schnapps. "When German children fall down, our mothers use schnapps to clean the wound," the woman from the hotel front desk told me, as she grabbed the bottle of schnapps from the hotel restaurant's bar and dampened a napkin with it.


I cleaned up and iced the wound. After a couple of hours, at the urging of family, I decided to go to the emergency room. A worker at the hotel drove me to the ER in his own car. He walked in with me and explained to the nurse in German what had happened. He offered to stay and wait with me, which I thought was incredibly kind. I'm not sure that would happen at home in Los Angeles without me wondering what kind of scam the person was trying to pull.


The doctor spoke English, so it was not hard to communicate. It did make me realize that with limited German, delving into the world of medical terms is a completely different vocabulary!


In the end, I ended up with one stitch, right between the eyes. It took slightly more than one hour from the time I left the hotel until the time I got back to the hotel. My doctor in Los Angeles told me that had I gone to a local ER with a similar injury, it likely would have taken eight hours or more because of the demand here for emergency services and people using the ER as a last resort after not getting regular care at the doctor. In Germany, that's apparently not the case. German friends told me that I likely would have waited a little longer in a large city like Berlin, but still, probably not the day-long or night-long ordeal that I would have faced at home.


So now I can say my first hospital experience since birth was in Germany. It was definitely a learning experience. I'm left not only with a scar, which hopefully will fade, but also with a reference point on the German healthcare experience, which will prove useful when I'm writing stories about American healthcare. My Lindau experience, ER visit and all, widened my perspectives, which is exactly what a fellowship is supposed to do.


Susan Valot is a freelance radio journalist in Los Angeles, currently getting her master's degree in specialized journalism, focusing on science and technology, at the University of Southern California. Her work appears on both state and national radio shows, including on KQED's "The California Report" and NPR's "Only A Game." She took part in the Burns Fellowship in 2011 and was based at NDR in Hamburg.

Susan Valot with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, the Nobel laureate who helped discover HIV in the 1980s.


Does the U.S. Still Have the Will to Lead?

By Clemens Wergin (Burns 2003)


When you leave a city after living there for over 15 years, you suddenly see it with different eyes. You recognize how special some things are, things that you never really noticed as such and took for granted.


In the weeks before I moved to Washington from Berlin this summer, I found myself wandering around, appreciating it anew, for all the things I was leaving behind: Affordable housing right in the city center. Sprawling sidewalk cafes and restaurants. A public transportation network so dense that, combined with the city's bike-friendly design, my wife and I were able to raise two children without owning a car.


Of course, Washington has a lot of things that Berlin lacks -- particularly for a journalist like me. The German capital is, for instance, still quite provincial when it comes to foreign policy, my area of expertise. Oddly, despite Germany's growing global role, since the end of the Cold War the number of avowed foreign experts in the German Parliament has steadily declined, and stands now at a historic low.


Things couldn't be more different in Washington. Despite all the talk about a historic decline in American power and influence, the city is awash in foreign-policy think tanks, international institutions and university programs. Washington feels like the center of the global policy conversation -- and, at least for now, it sees itself that way.


In Berlin -- or Paris, or Tokyo -- the first response among commentators and policy makers to a crisis is not "What should we do about it?" But here in Washington, "What should America do?" is always the first point of debate.


Some people -- including many of my fellow Germans -- criticize this tendency as proof of American hubris, of a sense of exceptionalism that leads Washington to see itself always at the center of the world. I find it, instead, a laudable feeling of responsibility to maintain world order.


Indeed, when most Europeans think about world problems, despite their resentment of American power, they still usually look first to the United States for action, instead of imploring their own countries to act (with a few exceptions, like France and Britain, depending upon the region where a crisis breaks out).


Of course, America will not always do something about a crisis, or it will look for other nations to help, or it will employ only a limited set of instruments that are not enough to resolve a conflict. Still, it is the attitude that counts, which is a reflection of real power on the global stage, of the outstanding means, diplomatic and military, that the United States has at its disposal.


But it is also a function of elite education, and not only in politics. Since the end of World War II, the American elites have held a shared idea about America's place on the globe, and have agreed that the country's power is necessary to defend the free world and maintain some sort of world order. We saw the same thing in Britain, and to a lesser extent in France. In its centuries of world dominion, the British empire educated its political, administrative and media elites to see themselves as shapers of world affairs. France, though it had a smaller empire, trained its elite to carry on the "mission civilisatrice," or civilizing mission, in Africa and Asia.


That attitude of feeling responsible for the global order prevailed for decades after the two colonial empires were lost and Britain and France were reduced to the status of regional powers. Indeed, even recently the two have kept punching way above their weight internationally, because their respective governing classes believed that that was the role their countries should play. Exerting power in foreign policy is thus not only a function of military and economic might, but also of political will and worldview.


What I fear is not so much that the United States may take a pause in its engagement, but that the elite consensus about the country's role in world affairs could crumble. That's why, as a European, I find the attack of the Tea Party movement on the elite understanding of America's global role so dangerous -- for the West, and for the world in general.


Is this the end of an era? Is America's "empire by consent" really crumbling? It is difficult for us, now, to say. Some pivotal moments are fairly obvious, like 9/11, or the erection of the Iron Curtain. Others, like the slow decline of empires, are much clearer to see in hindsight.


Today we can point to trends in either direction -- America's allies, particularly those in Asia and some in the Middle East, seem to be hedging their bets and preparing for a post-American world; on the other hand, America's recent intervention in Iraq was something that it, at least for the moment, was uniquely capable of doing.


But if empires of the past are any indicator of the future, the real determinant of America's future role will be the will and consensus of its elite to continue to engage globally. And much of that consensus will be decided, or demolished, in the coming years right here in Washington.


As much as I will miss the sidewalk cafes and car-optional lifestyle of Berlin, I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.


Clemens Wergin is the Washington bureau chief for the newspaper group Die Welt and the author of the blog Flatworld. He spent his Burns Fellowship in 2003 at the Chicago Tribune.


This op-ed was first published on August 15, 2014, in The New York Times.


U.S. Fellows Met in Munich on September 19

Holbrooke Research Grants - Call for Applications

Christian Salewski (Burns 2010) interviews the second officer of a car transporting vessel in Rhode Island as part of his Holbrooke Grant researching the transatlantic free trade agreement.

Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP) and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowships are providing a special opportunity for journalists with a passion for research and storytelling around the globe.
The Holbrooke Research Grants offer stipends of up to €4,000 to as many as 10-15 print, broadcast and new media journalists. Grantees will be selected by an advisory board, including professionals and trustees working in journalism.
The grants were recently renamed to honor Richard Holbrooke and his outstanding service in the field of international relations and specifically the German-American relationship. Holbrooke was an American diplomat, magazine editor, author and investment banker. He served as the U.S. Ambassador to Germany from 1993-1994 and the Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs from 1994-1996. He also helped form the American Academy in Berlin and was its founding chairman. Most recently, he served as the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He died in December 2010. These travel and research grants honor his legacy of cross-cultural exchange and diplomacy.
Who: All IJP and Burns alumni are eligible-both newsroom staffers and freelancers.
What: The grants support ambitious journalism projects including, but not limited to, the global economic crisis. Joint projects between journalists from different countries are encouraged, but individual projects will also be considered. A transatlantic perspective should be part of the project.
When: The deadline is ongoing throughout 2014 until funds are exhausted.
Selection Criteria: When choosing, we consider each candidate's professional accomplishments and potential; his or her individual and organizational commitment; and the potential impact of the proposed journalistic project. For collaborative projects, each applicant should submit a separate application that incorporates the jointly developed project proposal. Click here for details on what to submit.
Requirements: The program will only review completed applications endorsed by a news organization. Stories must be published or broadcast within four months of grant award date. Eighty percent of the amount of each grant will be paid at the outset of the project, with the remaining 20 percent to be paid upon publication or broadcast.
Where: Please send your application to burns@ijp.org or researchgrant@ijp.org.
Sponsored by: The Holbrooke Research Grants are financed by contributions from Goldman Sachs and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding comes from the transatlantic program of the Federal Republic of Germany with funding from the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi).

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Frankly Speaking


Dear Alumni,


A rather wet summer in Germany is coming to a close, while 19 Burns Fellows are still enjoying their placements all over Germany, Canada and the United States. I hope you have had a chance to meet a few of the new fellows, since some of them have certainly been placed in your hometown or nearby.


Meanwhile, we are busy working on activities for alumni and are ready to welcome the 2014 class into the alumni network in October. After the reception in Washington at the end of July, we are again planning the traditional New York dinner on February 23 and hopefully our biennial dinner in San Francisco in April 2015. The Holbrooke Research Grants, several of which were already awarded this year, will be expanded by a special initiative to focus on the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall this November. So if you have a project in mind that focuses on where Europe or the transatlantic relationship stands in these turbulent times, the progress and regress of the past 25 years, please apply! Funding is available for many interesting projects. Also, keep in mind when you write about transatlantic issues or the partner country that you could qualify for an Arthur F. Burns or George F. Kennan Award. So don't forget to send your 2014 entries to us, so we can forward them to the selection jury.


Wishing you all a great autumn season with no shortage of challenging developments in world politics to be covered.




Alumni News

Claudia Bill-de la Peña was named "Woman of the Year 2014" by the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce, one of California's top chambers. She is chairing the American Heart Association's "Go Red for Women 2015" campaign. Claudia is also running for her fourth term on the Thousand Oaks City Council. If she wins, she would become the city's first woman to win four consecutive terms. Her 9-year-old twins continue to attend German school and are helping with the campaign. Jeffrey Bils graduated from the UCLA School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree in May 2014. He will join the Los Angeles office of BakerHostetler as an associate. Marie-Agnes Heine became head of the communications department at the European Medicines Agency in London on September 1. Mark Veverka joined Sitrick And Company as a senior executive in the firm's San Francisco office. After 13 years as West Coast editor and technology columnist for Barron's, the Dow Jones financial weekly, Mark will provide counsel for corporate and individual clients for the strategic communications agency. During his Barron's tenure, Mark was a regular television contributor on CNBC and the Fox Business Network. Prior to Barron's, Mark was a staff writer for The Wall Street Journal, a financial columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle and a reporter for a number of other newspapers. Mark is currently a contributor to USA Today and writes the newspaper's Unplugged column on technology.


Nicola Clark recently
wrote an article for The New York Times on her visit to a village in Lorraine, France, where her German grandfather fought his first battle of World War I in August 1914. Markus Günther is joining the Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung as a senior writer.

Anne Gellinek has left ZDF's Moscow bureau to lead the Brussels bureau, officially becoming the new ZDF bureau chief in charge of the Benelux countries, EU and NATO on January 1, 2015. Robert von Rimscha left his position as the German ambassador to Laos in August to become the new deputy head of mission at the German embassy in Tokyo.


Claudia Piatzer is the program director of the Deutsches Schülerstipendium at the Roland Berger Foundation. David Rynecki runs a company called Blue Heron Research Partners that uses investigative journalism to evaluate issues for investors. They have operations and examine businesses in several countries, including Germany. This summer, he and his wife and two sons relocated to San Francisco so he could open a West Coast office. Dominik Wichmann left his position as editor-in-chief of Der Stern in August.



Jan Heidtmann

is the deputy head of domestic news at the daily Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich.


Karin (Figge) Kekulé was appointed to be the new member of the Verbraucherkommission Bayern for this legislative period by the Bavarian Ministry for Environment, Health and Consumer Protection. The Verbraucherkommission Bayern is an independent board of honorary experts which gives its recommendations on consumer protection to the Bavarian Minister.



Dr. Nikolai A. Behr was awarded a Bronze Award at the New York International Television & Film Awards for his brain script production "Making Energy Better," produced for his customer BayWa r.e. Renewable Energy GmbH.

After 16 years in California, Karsten Lemm is moving from San Francisco to Berlin. Karsten will continue to work as a freelance writer and photographer, covering business and technology for a variety of German magazines. He's also eager to explore Berlin's start-up scene and looks forward to working on new concepts of multimedia storytelling.



Stephan Haselberger left his position as Berlin bureau chief of the daily Bild to return to his former employer, the daily Tagesspiegel. He joins fellow alumna Antje Sirleschtov (Burns 1992) as the joint Berlin bureau chief.



After leaving his position as head of investigations for the Essen-based publishing group Funke, David Schraven started Germany's first non-profit investigative journalism organization called Correctiv in July. They have offices in Essen and Berlin. It follows the example of ProPublica in the United States. The Brost Foundation gave three million Euros as start-up funds. Burns trustee and fellow alumnus Michael Broecker (Burns 2010), the editor-in-chief of the daily Rheinische Post in Düsseldorf, is one of Correctiv's first media partners.



In July, Markus Feldenkirchen joined the team of U.S. correspondents in Washington for the weekly Der Spiegel. Steffi Kammerer left Berlin to become a freelance journalist in New York City. Kerstin Kohlenberg, a reporter for the weekly Die Zeit, was awarded the 2014 Theodor Wolff Award, one of the two most prestigious media awards in Germany, for her article in Die Zeit on February 7, 2013, titled "Aufnahme läuft!" Hans Nichols had a son, Lars Peter Nichols, born in Berlin on February 27.



Stefanie Bolzen has returned from maternity leave to work as Die WELT's UK correspondent. Thomas Reichart left the ZDF capital bureau in Berlin to become the new East Asia bureau chief in Beijing, responsible for China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Mongolia and the Philippines. Clemens Wergin left his position of seven years as head of foreign news at the daily Die Welt in Berlin to become the Washington bureau chief for Welt/Welt am Sonntag. He started on August 1.



Thilo Knott, previously the editor-at-large at Spiegel Online, is the new editor-in-chief for digital transformation at the Cologne-based media group DuMont Schauberg, which publishes the Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger and the Berliner Zeitung among others. Noelle Phillips accepted a position in May as a public safety reporter for The Denver Post. You can follow her on Twitter @noelle_phillips. 





Philipp Abresch left Tokyo to start his new position as bureau chief for ARD TV in Singapore, covering the Asean region. Please see Sabine Muscat's news under 2010. With much media attention, Peter Onneken aired his latest television documentary on ARD on July 7, showing through his own experience what can happen when data thieves hijack your online identity: "Zugriff! Wenn das Netz zum Gegner wird." In late August, Damaso Reyes underwent surgery to donate his kidney to his close friend, author and activist Jimmie BriggsThe surgery went well, but they are trying to raise funds to cover some of the high costs not covered by insurance. Please visit their fundraising site to help.



Tony Ganzer continues to host afternoon drive-time for Cleveland's NPR station, and is also beginning to branch into television on the sister PBS station. He's also an occasional moderator for a townhall-style series discussing global issues with experts in a pub. Topics have included Ukraine/Russia and (upcoming) the rise of ISIS. This year, he won three Edward R. Murrow regional awards for previous work in Switzerland, and a third place National Headliner Award for work for Deutsche Welle.

Sarah Wildman, formerly a reporter with The New York Times, will publish her book Paper Love (Riverhead) in October, about the love affair between her grandfather and a woman in Nazi-occupied Vienna before the war.



After more than three years as a political correspondent in Stuttgart, Roman Deininger returned to headquarters as a political reporter for the weekend edition of the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Munich.



Christian Salewski

and fellow alumna Sabine Muscat (Burns 2007) were awarded the Herbert Quandt Medienpreis for their jointly written article "Es koennte so einfach sein," published in the monthly Capital. In early September, Chelsea Wald went to New Orleans to accept the third place award in the outstanding feature story category of the SEJ Annual Awards for Reporting on the Environment. Her story is about an Austrian bird conservation project with many links to Germany as well. The judges commented, "At a time when so much reporting on the environment is discouraging, if not downright depressing, along comes a feature story that lifts the reader off the ground with hope. Writer Chelsea Wald introduces a determined scientist who teaches himself to fly so that he can train a flock of northern bald ibises, nearly extinct, to migrate again."



This summer, Susan Valot was chosen to take part in an IJP fellowship to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in southern Germany, where she interviewed young scientists and Nobel laureates. Please read her full article about it in this newsletter. This fall, after 17 years in public radio in Los Angeles, she returned to the classroom as a student again, as the first-ever Jackson Fellow at the University of Southern California, where she is getting a master's degree in specialized journalism, focusing on science and technology. She expects to graduate in May 2015. She is also teaching two community college journalism/radio classes in the greater L.A. area.



Rieke Havertz started in July as the new head of taz.de, the online service of the daily Tageszeitung in Berlin. She is currently in the United States on a Holbrooke Research Grant to continue her reporting for taz on gun violence and legislation. Tim Loh now works for Bloomberg News covering North American commodities and energy companies. He is based in New York City. Rachel Stern just finished a Journalism Fulbright in Berlin, through which she reported two segments for an hour-long special for NPR. She will stay in Berlin for another year to work as a correspondent for the European Journalism Observatory (based in Lugano, Switzerland), covering the ever-changing media landscape in Berlin.


Jannis Brühl will move to Düsseldorf in October as a correspondent for the Munich-based Süddeutsche Zeitung's online service, SZ.de. Jan Friedmann changed his beat and bureau within Der Spiegel. Starting in September, he will work as a correspondent for southwest Germany from Stuttgart. Max Holscher has a new position at the Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine. He is now head of the local office (Ressortleiter) in Melsungen. Amanda Peacher married Thomas Schmidt in August.

Emily Schultheis left POLITICO in June and started at National Journal, also in D.C., as a political reporter in early July. She still covers politics and campaigns, focusing on the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential race. Ana Ward and her husband welcomed their first child, a daughter named Rahela Sofia Ward, on July 17. They also recently moved to Long Island, NY, where Ana's husband started a job at a federal lab in the area. After maternity leave, Ana plans to return to reporting for Voice of America on finance and consumer news from the VOA New York bureau. She hopes to connect with other Burns alumni in the NY area and is considering starting a Burns monthly social event, similar to what she did in D.C. last fall.


Upcoming Events

New York Alumni Dinner: 
February 23, 2015


2015 Fellowship Deadlines:
German Applicants:
February 1, 2015 


U.S. Applicants:

March 1, 2015


U.S. Trustees (2013-2016)

Patron: The Honorable Dr. Peter Wittig, German Ambassador to the United States
Joyce Barnathan, President, International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) 
Elisabeth Bumiller, Deputy Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times 
Albert Behler, President and CEO, Paramount Group, Inc. 
Ambassador (ret.) J.D. BindenagelHenry Kissinger Professor of Governance and International Security, University of Bonn, Germany
Rebecca Blumenstein, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, The Wall Street Journal
Marcus W. Brauchli, Consultant, Graham Holdings Company (Chairman
Ambassador (ret.) Richard Burt, Senior Advisor, McLarty Associates (Honorary Chairman)
Dr. Martin Bussmann, Managing Director, Mannheim Holdings LLC
Nikhil Deogun, Managing Editor, CNBC
David W. Detjen, Senior Counsel, Alston & Bird LLP
Dr. Hans-Ulrich Engel, CFO, BASF SE; Chairman and CEO, BASF Corporation
John Fraser, Former Master and Chair of Corporation, Massey College, Toronto
Dr. Frank-Dieter Freiling, Director, Internationale Journalisten Programme (IJP), e.V. (Burns President
Prof. Dr. Ronald Frohne, President and CEO, GWFF USA, Inc.
James F. Hoge, Jr.,
Senior Advisor, Teneo Intelligence (Honorary Chairman)
Ambassador (ret.) Robert M. Kimmitt, Senior International Counsel, WilmerHale, Former Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of the Treasury 
The Honorable Dr. Henry A. Kissinger, Chairman, Kissinger Associates, Former U.S. Secretary of State 
Christian Lange, President and CEO, EII Capital Management Inc. 
The Honorable Frank E. Loy, Former Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs (Honorary Chairman) 
Richard G. Lugar, President, The Lugar Center, Former United States Senator
Dr. Daniel Mahler, Partner and Head of Americas, A.T. Kearney 
Kati Marton, Journalist and Author
Michael Oreskes, Senior Managing Director, The Associated Press 
Wolfgang Pordzik, Executive Vice President, Corporate Public Policy, Deutsche Post DHL 
John F. W. Rogers, Managing Director, Goldman, Sachs & Co.

Jürgen Siebenrock, Vice President, The Americas, Lufthansa German Airlines

Calvin Sims, President and CEO, International House

Kara SwisherCo-CEO, Revere Digital; Co-Executive Editor, Re/code; and Co-Executive Producer, The Code Conference

Stanford S. Warshawsky, Chairman, Bismarck Capital, LLC (Vice Chairman)

Ludwig Willisch, President and CEO, BMW of North America, LLC 
Legal Advisor:
Phillip C. Zane, Attorney at Law, GeyerGorey, LLP 

German Trustees


Patron: The Honorable John B. Emerson,
U.S. Ambassador to Germany

Dr. Thomas Bellut,
Director-General, ZDF

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Bettzuege, Former German Ambassador 

Dr. Martin Blessing, CEO, Commerzbank AG

Prof. Maria Böhmer,

Member of Parliament, CDU/CSU, State Minister, Foreign Office

Michael Bröcker, Editor in Chief, Rheinische Post

Wolfgang Büchner, Editor in Chief, Der Spiegel

Tom Buhrow, Director-General, WDR

Stephan-Andreas Casdorff, Editor in Chief, Der Tagesspiegel

Sabine Christiansen,

Journalist, TV21 Media

Dr. Mathias Döpfner, CEO, Axel Springer

Thomas Ellerbeck, Chairman, Vodafone Foundation

Leonhard F. Fischer,
Co-Chief Executive Officer, RHJI Swiss Management

Dr. Rüdiger Frohn,
Chairman, Mercator GmbH Foundation

Emilio Galli-Zugaro,
Head Group Communications, Allianz Group

Dr. Tessen von Heydebreck, Former Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank
(Honorary Chairman)

Peter Limbourg, Director-General, Deutsche Welle

Gesine Lötzsch,
Member of Parliament, Die Linke

Rob Meines, Meines & Partner, Den Haag

Mathias Müller von Blumencron,
Editor in Chief of Digital Media, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

Rainer Neske,
Member of the Board, Deutsche Bank

Ines Pohl, Editor in Chief, die taz

Dagmar Reim, Director-General, RBB

Claudia Roth,
Vice-President of the Bundestag, Member of Parliament, Die Gruenen

Helmut Schäfer, Former State Minister, Foreign Office (Honorary Chairman)

Monika Schaller,
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs AG

Steffen Seibert, Parliamentary State Secretary, Government Spokesperson

Dr. Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Foreign Minister and Member of Parliament, SPD

Lord George Weidenfeld, Former CEO, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, Orion Publishing, London; Member of the House of Lords

Dr. Dominik Wichmann, Former Editor in Chief, Stern

The Arthur F. Burns Board of Trustees in the United States and Germany acknowledges with gratitude the support of the following organizations and individuals who have made the 2014 Arthur F. Burns Fellowship program possible.

Sponsors in the U.S.
Alston & Bird, LLP

A.T. Kearney

BMW of North America, LLC
Brauchli-Farley Fund
The Capital Group Companies Charitable Foundation
Comcast NBCUniversal
EII Capital Management, Inc.
The Ford Foundation
Goldman, Sachs & Co.
The Ladenburg Foundation
Lufthansa German Airlines
Paramount Group, Inc.

Individual Contributions
John and Gina Despres
David Detjen
Stanford S. Warshawsky

Sponsors in Germany
Allianz SE
Auswärtiges Amt.
Bundesministerium für Familie, Senioren, Frauen und Jugend
Deutsche Bank AG
European Recovery Program (ERP), Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology
Goldman, Sachs AG
Siemens AG

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