Meet the fellows

Sarika Bansal (@sarika008) is the founding editor of an upcoming publication on Medium about global health and development, and was the founding editor of Bright, a Medium publication about innovation in education. Her writing, largely about global health and poverty, has appeared in the New York Times, Al Jazeera America, The Guardian, VICE, and several other publications.

Sarika has previously worked in management consulting with McKinsey & Company, in microfinance business development in India, and with the nonprofit Solutions Journalism Network. She holds an undergraduate degree from Harvard College and a Master’s in Public Administration from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).

Casey Hynes (@ceasaigh) is an independent journalist. She lived in Asia from 2010-2014, and contributed freelance features to The Wall Street Journal, The Christian Science Monitor, South China Morning Post, and other outlets during her time there. While living in Thailand, she covered human rights in Southeast Asia and the emerging tech scene in Myanmar. She holds a master's degree in journalism from Columbia University, and worked at Roll Call before moving overseas. Hynes is also a 2015 Emerging Journalist Fellow with the Journalism and Women Symposium.

Joshua Keating (@joshuakeating) is a staff writer at Slate focusing on international news, foreign policy, and social science. Before coming to Slate, he was an editor for six years at Foreign Policy. A native of Brooklyn and graduate of Oberlin College, he currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Sydney Lupkin (@slupkin) is a reporter for VICE News and MedPage Today, covering health and working on data-driven enterprise projects. She recently wrote about how thousands of doctors gave Medicare the wrong answer when asked where they went to medical school, listing institutions that had been closed since the early 1900s instead.

Sydney previously worked as the health editor for, and as a data researcher for The Bay Citizen in San Francisco. She is a Boston University graduate and worked at several publications in the area, including the Boston Globe, The Boston Herald and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. She was also a computer-assisted reporting intern at ProPublica.

Phillip Martin (@phillipWGBH) is a reporter for WGBH in Boston. On WGBH-TV, he is a regular panelist for Basic Black and an occasional panelist for Beat the Press, and hosted the World Compass 2012 presidential primary coverage. He is a Senior Fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism and a 2012 International Center for Journalists Ford Foundation Fellow. Phillip has worked as a supervising senior editor for NPR West, and was NPR’s first National Race Relations correspondent from 1998 to 2001. In 1995, in his role as a senior producer, he helped create PRI’s The World in cooperation with WGBH and the BBC. He is also an adjunct professor at Brandeis University's Heller School of Public Policy.

He has received various journalism honors, including a 2014 national Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative journalism, a 2014 Clarion Awards for feature reporting and documentary series, the 2013 United Nations Department of Public Information (UNDPI) Gold Medal and others.

Phillip was a Harvard University Nieman Fellow from 1997 to 1998. He earned a master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and studied international protection of human rights law at Harvard Law School as well as journalism at the University of California at Berkeley in the Program for Minority Journalists.

Eulimar Núñez (@Eulimar) is a Venezuelan journalist based in the United States. She currently holds the position of digital Health Editor at Univision News. With more than a decade of experience, she has also worked as a reporter at El Nacional newspaper in Caracas, Venezuela, and as a multimedia producer at BBC Mundo in Miami. She specializes in Hispanic, Latin American, and women’s issues.

Jyoti Shelar (@jyotishelar) is a print journalist with nearly ten years of work experience. She is currently working with Mumbai’s most read tabloid called the “Mumbai Mirror,” a product of the Times of India group, that reaches out to almost one million readers daily. While her primary focus is healthcare, she often writes on communities and related trends.

Chioma Adanma Umeha (@cumeha) is a journalist with interest in addressing issues of communicable and non-communicable diseases (NCDs) to achieve their prevention, control, elimination, maintenance of proper health indices and national development by influencing healthy lifestyles and government policies.

Chioma has reported consistently over the past decade on health and national development issues which has earned her lots of accolades, one of which was the “Best Reporting on Gender, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS” - Red Ribbon Awards on HIV/AIDS 2003, awarded by United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

Presently, Chioma, who holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Master’s degree in International Relations and Strategic Studies, works as the Health Editor of Newswatch Times; one of the leading national dailies in Nigeria. She also runs the blog Chioma lives in Lagos, Southwest Nigeria with her husband, Don, with their three adorable children.

Astrid Zweynert (@azweynert) is an award-winning journalist, editor and social media specialist with more than 20 years of experience. As editor of, Astrid drives production of the Thomson Reuters Foundation's global news services covering humanitarian crises, aid and development and human rights. Astrid has reported from more than 20 countries on issues ranging from human trafficking and refugee crises to malaria and the global battle for water. She has been with Reuters for more than 20 years and previously worked for Bloomberg News, UPI and German television.