Meet the 2015 Fellows!
The 2015 WHO Road Safety Reporting Fellows:
Media Organization: New Telegraph Newspaper
Adebayo Mojeed Alabi is the education correspondent for the New Telegraph Newspaper. He started his journalism career as a staff writer at the Eipex Media Networks Center and then worked as a reporter and campus page editor at the Education Desk for the National Mirror Newspaper. After that, he became an education correspondent for the Leadership Newspaper. Alabi received the Nigeria Media Merit Award Education Reporter of the Year in 2012 and the Rotary International Humanitarian Reporting Awards for Maternal and Child Health in 2013. Alabi received his Bachelor’s degree in English in 2004/2005 from Obafemi Awolowo University. He is pursuing a Master’s degree at the University of Lagos for Diplomacy and Strategic Studies.
Media Organization: Jordan Radio and Television Corporation
In addition to his position as news editor and newscaster at Jordan Radio and Television Corporation, Rabi Alhmamasah works for news outlets such as the University of Jordan Radio Station and Hawa Radio Station, where he produces and presents weekly programs. He also serves as media officer and spokesperson at the Center for Strategic Studies at the University of Jordan. Alhmamasah started his career as a translator before joining Clyde Radio in the United Kingdom as a news editor. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature from the University of Jordan. He has taken media courses with the Jordan Media Institute, University of Liverpool, and Thomson Reuters Foundation.
Media Organization: State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company Bashkortostan
Anvar Aslyamov is a TV journalist who has been with the State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company, Bashkortostan, for the past two years. Prior to this, Aslyamov was a reporter for the Kstati! journal and a content manager at Gymnastic, a manufacturing company. He attended Udmurt State University in Izhevsk and the Academy of Media-Industry in Moscow, where he received a degree as a public relations specialist, and interpreter and TV journalist.
Media Organization: The Daily Star
Md Abul Kalam Azad is the senior reporter at The Daily Star in, the leading English-language newspaper in Bangladesh. A journalist for the past 18 years, Azad started his career as a Dhaka University campus correspondent before becoming a reporter at The Daily Star. He then joined the Daily New Age as a senior reporter, returning to The Daily Star in 2008. Azad has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Mass Communications and Journalism from the University of Dhaka in Bangladesh.
Media Organization: TV Channel Ukraine
Andrii Bystrov is an editor at the television channel, Ukraine. Bystrov started his career in 2006 as a journalist for the car magazine, Test Drive. Following this, he became a correspondent for the TV Channel, First Automotive. After that, he was the editor of a morning TV show, “Breakfast with 1+1.” Bystrov has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the National Aviation University in Kyiv.
Media Organization: Missoulian newspaper
Country: United States
Robert Chaney is a reporter at the Missoulian newspaper covering outdoors and environmental issues in western Montana. He also is a freelance magazine writer, script writer and photographer and has reported from Austria, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Nepal and Poland. His work has appeared in news outlets such as The New York Times, The Seattle Times, and Montana Magazine. Previously, he was a reporter and photographer at Hungry Horse News and then at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. He has won awards ranging from the U.S. Forest Service Wilderness Legacy Award in 2014 to a Pew Center for Civil Journalism grant in 2000. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minn.
Media Organization: Thai TV Channel 3
Rungthip Chotnapalai is the news anchor at Thai TV Channel 3. She started as a business news anchor at ITV in Bangkok, and then moved to Thailand Public Broadcasting Services as editor and news anchor. She has taught and lectured on several media study topics at universities in Thailand. Chotnapalai holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication from Chulalongkorn University, a Master’s degree in Media Studies from the New School for Social Research, a Master of Research degree in Media and Communications from the University of London, and a Master’s degree and PhD in Sociology and Media Theory from Osaka University. @DrRungC
Media Organization: INQUIRER Interactive Inc.
Nestor Corrales Jr. is a multimedia reporter at INQUIRER.net. He is an urban transportation reporter covering the Philippine Department of Transportation and Communication, Land Transportation Office, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, as well as the Metro Manila Development Authority. He also covers politics for the 2016 Philippine national elections. Previously, he was an intern for the SunStar Baguio newspaper and as a news writer and production assistant for People’s Television. He has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from the Mariano Marcos State University.
Media Organization: The Times of India
Dipak Dash is assistant editor of infrastructure for The Times of India. He is responsible for covering the Ministry of Road, Transportation and Highways. Dash has focused primarily on road safety, producing stories on such topics as transportation policies, car-crash tests and traffic offenses. Dash has a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Sociology from Utkal University in Odisha and a post-graduate diploma in Journalism from the New Delhi YMCA Institute for Media Studies and Information Technology.
Media Organization: The News International
Syed Ali Raza is a senior staff correspondent for The News International. Raza primarily writes about development, social and environmental issues. His previous positions include crime reporter for The News and commerce reporter for the Daily Business Recorder. In 2013, he was a media consultant for 360 Public Relations. Raza received his Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from the University of Punjab.
Media Organization: Telecorporación Salvadoreña
Country: El Salvador
Ricardo González is a reporter at the Telecorporación Salvadoreña in El Salvador. He specializes in investigations. Prior to this, he worked as a journalist at Periódico Más! El Salvador and Canal 12. In 2013, González won an award for the “Defense of Human Right to Water” from the Association of Journalists of El Salvador and the Center for Consumer Protection. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Science and Letters from the Centro Educativo Denver in San Salvador in 1997. He also has a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations from the Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador in 2006.
Media Organization: Science and Technology Information Magazine
Mi Hoang has been a science correspondent for the Science and Technology Information Magazine (STINFO) in Ho Chi Minh for the past five years. Previously, she was a science correspondent for the Catalyst Science News of City University London. In 2009, she presented a paper, “Solutions for the Traffic Jam in Ho Chi Minh City,” at the Young Creation Contest put on by the Youth Union of Ho Chi Minh City. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from the University of Technology of Ho Chi Minh City and a Master’s degree in Science Journalism from City University London.
Media Organization: Daily Nation Group
Tamba Jean-Matthew III is the West Africa correspondent for the Africa Review, published by the Daily Nation Group, Africa’s leading media group. He also writes and consults for the German Press Agency (DPA), Chinese National Television (CCTV) and Al Jazeera. Previously, he was assistant editor at the Liberia News Agency, the Pan African News Agency and the African Press Agency in Senegal. Recently, he served as chargé d’affairs at the Sierra Leone Embassy in Senegal and was web/news editor at the West Africa Democracy Radio. Jean-Matthew is a member of the South Africa-based Forum of African Investigative Reporters (FAIR). Between 1990 and 2000, he covered the civil wars in Liberia and Sierra Leone, and the conflict in Casamance in southern Senegal as a freelance journalist. Jean-Matthew drew from those experiences to train journalists covering armed conflicts in Cote d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda. Jean-Matthew has a Bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Liberia and studied journalism at the Centre de Formation et de Perfectionnement des Journalists (CFPJ) in Paris. He also holds a certificate in Peace Studies from the West Africa Research Centre in Senegal and a post-graduate diploma from the Foreign Service Institute in Monrovia, Liberia.
Media Organization: Abidjan Live News
Country: Ivory Coast
Selay Marius Kouassi works for the multimedia group Abidjan Live News. He also is a creative producer for www.africaculturemedia.com, a stringer for BBC Afrique, and a freelance correspondent for the German Press Agency dpa, South African Broadcasting Corporation, and Radio Netherlands Worldwide. His past experience includes reporting for Côte d’Ivoire Infos, Holland-based Africa Interactive, and ZAM Magazine. Selay initiated an award-nominated transnational investigation, “Fair-Trade chocolate: ‘The Fair-Trade Chocolate Rip-Off.” He has been awarded grants from The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Africa Media Initiative, The World Association of Newspapers and News publishers, and the Stockholm International Water Institute. He holds a Master’s degree and a Ph.D. in Communication and Journalism from Abidjan Journalism School and Bouake University.
Media Organization: Freelance Producer and Foreign Correspondent, AP, USA Today, CNN
Kamilia Lahrichi is a freelance producer at The Associated Press and a freelance foreign correspondent based in Argentina. She covers current and international affairs in Arabic, English, French, and Spanish. Her work has appeared in CNN International, The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, USA Today, and VICE News. Lahrichi was an editor at Thomson Reuters in Hong Kong and a news editor on the international and Middle East and North Africa desks at The Daily Star in Beirut. She holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Journalism from Ecole Supérieure de Journalisme in Paris and a Master’s degree in Politics from New York University.
Media Organization: The Cairo Post
Nourhan Magdi works as an investigative reporter at The Cairo Post, an English publication of Youm7 Media Institution. She specializes in human-rights and press-freedom issues and has written about road safety, the environment, renewable energy, and sustainable development. Her prior experiences range from serving as a news translator for English and Arabic media and editor and voice-over actor at Radio Masr Online, to working as a news evaluator for the Media Credibility in Egypt Index (MCE Watch). Magdi has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication with a concentration in journalism and is working on her Master’s thesis in International Journalism at the Cairo University.
Media Organization: Makenba Broadcasting Company (Diamond FM)
Nelson Adanuti Nyadror is a news producer at Diamond FM, where he has worked for the past 13 years planning and coordinating news and development programs. Using radio as a tool for development, his scope covers development issues and advocacy that aim to ensure a just world for all. He participated in the U.S. Department of State's Edward R. Murrow Program for Journalists. Among his awards: the 2013 National Road Safety Awards for his story titled "Motorking." @rouxnaked
Media Organization: Nation Media Group
Beatrice Obwocha is the online subeditor for the Nation Media Group. She started as a reporter for the Nakuru Bureau at the Standard Newspapers. She then became an online subeditor working on the website and social-media platforms of the Standard Media Group in Nairobi. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Communication Science from the University of South Africa. Obwocha also has a diploma in Photojournalism and Human Resource Management from the Kenya Institute of Management.
Media Organization: The Star
Anu Nkeze Paul has worked as regional coordinator and editorial assistant for The Star newspaper in Yaoundé for almost a decade. Previously, he was a freelance reporter focusing on environmental and community issues. In 2004 he worked with the Ministry of State Property and Land tenure, where he produced monthly reports on land reforms and simplified land-title procedures. Paul produced and anchored, “Forest Echoes,” a 15-minute radio program for Cameroon Radio and Television CRTV on the activities of the Ministry of Forestry and Wildlife. Paul has a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from the University of Yaoundé. He is completing his Master’s thesis in Environmental Studies from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology in South Africa.
Media Organization: BBC World Service
Surendra Phuyal works as a bilingual correspondent and producer at BBC World Service. He started his career as a reporter for the for The Kathmandu Post and worked as a staff writer (Alfred Friendly Press Fellow) for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in the United States before becoming The Kathmandu Post’s New Delhi bureau chief – Nepal’s first foreign correspondent. In the past, Phuyal contributed reports to Al Jazeera, India Abroad, the Economist Group, IPS News Agency, and others. His awards and honors include: Travel Writer of the Year, Nepal, 2001; Panos South Asia Environment Fellow, Nepal, 2002; and Spring Jefferson Fellow, Hawaii, USA, 2008. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism and a Master’s degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Tribhuvan University in Kathmandu.
Media Organization: The Mercury newspaper
Country: South Africa
Kamcilla Pillay recently joined The Mercury newspaper after working at the Daily News as a general news reporter covering environmental, political and international events. Prior to this, she was a senior reporter covering courts at the Daily Voice located in Cape Town. She has covered major events such as the 2010 FIFA World Cup and the United Nations 17th Annual Conference of the Parties. She attended the University of KwaZulu-Natal, where she received a Bachelor’s degree with Honors in Media and Cultural Studies and Linguistics.
Media Organization: Text.mk
Aleksandra Radevska is a journalist at Text.mk writing about social topics for the daily news site. She started in 2002 as a reporter on the foreign news desk of Macedonian News Agency. Since then, she has worked for news outlets ranging from Macedonian Radio Television and Makedonija Denes to Mediapuzzlenews.net. Radeveska studied journalism at the Saint Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.
Media Organization: Kampuchea Thmey Daily
Vattey Vay has been a reporter at the Kampuchea Thmey Daily since 2003. She studied literature at the Build Bright University in Siem Reap and received a Bachelor’s degree in Management from the National University of Management in Phnom Penh. She has a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Cambodia Mekong University in Phnom Penh.
Media Organization: Channel 6
Mirna Blanca Zapata Pereira has been a presenter and producer for Channel 6 for the past three years. She works on the “Lunch Together” and “To Your Health” Shows. On “To Your Health,” talks to authorities about safe driving and engages audience members about their traffic concerns. Prior to this, she was a presenter for Channel 12’s “Good Morning Nicaragua” and a host on Channel 11 for shows on health and lifestyle. Zapata has a Bachelor’s degree in Media Communications from the Central American University in Nicaragua.
Media Organization: Caixin Media
Han Zhao is the public-policy reporter for Caixin Media. She specializes in covering healthcare and education. Prior to this, she was an assistant editor for The New York Times in China, writing about China’s migrant youth education and anti-sex trafficking in New York. Zhao has her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from The University of Hong Kong and a professional diploma in Guidance and Counseling from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.