Knight International Journalism Fellowships

Haiti: Track Aid Funds to Ensure a Strong Recovery

Haitian journalists work in a makeshift newsroom at Le Nouvelliste. Their old building was destroyed in the January 2010 earthquake.

Knight International Journalism Fellow Klarreich established an investigative team at Le Nouvelliste, Haiti’s leading newspaper, which regularly produces stories on the misuse of aid sent to Haiti after the catastrophic January 2010 earthquake. The team broke stories about a land dispute that stopped work at a critically important sanitation plant near a refugee camp. After reading these reports, Haitian President Michel Joseph Martelly intervened and construction resumed.

Klarreich expanded her work to provincial cities, where she held workshops on investigative journalism. She also formed a Haiti-wide network of 75 investigative reporters, connecting the rural reporters to their colleagues in the capital. Given her successes, the National Association of Haitian Media and International Media Support (IMS) worked with Klarreich to launch an investigative reporting fund. A panel of Haitian journalists selected six projects from the 15 submissions. The winners received funding for their expenses and an honorarium. The goal is to hold an annual competition to promote investigative journalism in Haiti. Trocaire, an Irish NGO, provides support for the Fund.

Our Stories


  • Sep 292010

    Haiti’s Challenge: How to Prepare for the Unexpected

    When the sky turned black and the rain started to fall last Friday afternoon, I took refuge in a shelter enclosed by glass on two sides. I watched as the first tree that fell bounced off the roof of the shelter, and then crashed onto the parking spot next to my car. Seconds later another tree fell, and the wind continued to sing like a tortured soul as branches hurled around me.

    All I could think about was the camps. The camps. At least I had a secure roof over my head, one that had survived the quake.

  • Sep 282010

    Haiti and its journalists try to rise from the ruins

    The challenges of setting up an investigative reporting team in Haiti reflect the challenges of the country as it tries to lift itself up from the weight of the January 12 earthquake. Management of resources, strategic planning, access to verifiable information, planning, insufficient infrastructure and materials, as well as security concerns influence, and in many cases hamper, Haiti’s reconstruction effort. These same elements enter into the reporting equation as well, only more so for investigative reporting.

  • Jun 132010


    The difference in Port-au-Prince and Washington DC is just a microcosm of what can, and needs, to be done in Haiti's post earthquake reconstruction. There is no comparison, really, between navigating Haiti's capital, Port-au-Prince, and the orderly, manicured streets of DC.

In the News


  • A group of student filmmakers in Haiti worked with Knight International Fellow Kathie Klarreich to document the views of residents forced to evacuate the property they've been squatting on for several years.