ICFJ Hires USA Today World Editor as Director of flagship Knight Program

Jan 232007

Elisa Tinsley to lead Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Washington, D.C.– The International Center for Journalists has appointed USA Today World Editor Elisa Tinsley to become Director of its flagship program, the Knight International Journalism Fellowships, starting in February.

Tinsley has more than 20 years of experience as an international editor and overseas correspondent. At USA Today, she supervised the paper’s international coverage, assigning, editing and placing stories by staff reporters and overseas stringers. Proficient in Russian and Spanish, she has been involved in the paper’s international operations since 1990. She also spent four years in Moscow as a reporter for United Press International, ABC Radio, USA Today and Time, Inc., among others.

The Knight International Journalism Fellowships promote press freedom and journalistic excellence. Top journalists from around the world are selected to work with colleagues in high-impact projects lasting from one to three years. Since 1990, the program has sent more than 200 fellows to 80 countries. The Knight program is funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“With her deep reporting and editing background, Elisa will bring a wealth of expertise on international journalism to our flagship program,” said ICFJ President Joyce Barnathan. “The Knight program is a model around the world for top-notch journalism training and we are so pleased to have Elisa at the helm.”


The International Center for Journalists, a non-profit, professional organization, promotes quality journalism worldwide in the belief that independent, vigorous media are crucial in improving the human condition.

In the past 22 years, ICFJ has worked directly with more than 20,000 journalists from more than 176 countries. Aiming to raise the standards of journalism everywhere, particularly in areas with little or no tradition of a free press, ICFJ offers hands-on training workshops, seminars, fellowships and international exchanges to reporters and media managers around the globe.