Meet the 2012 fellows

  • These photos were taken by Fellows in the Bringing Home the World Program, sponsored by the Ford Foundation, with additional funding from the Brooks and Joan Fortune Family Foundation.

ICFJ launched the International Reporting Fellows program in an effort to broaden the number of journalists of color who receive valuable foreign reporting experience.

After a three-day orientation at ICFJ’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., the ten fellows spent up to three weeks abroad reporting their stories. Some chose to write articles while others used video, audio and multimedia to tell the stories. Over five months, the fellows reported from China, Mexico, Poland, Uganda and other countries. The Fellows documented their reporting experience through a Tumblr blog.


Simone Sebastian, an energy reporter for the Houston Chronicle, looked into Brazil’s role in the oil industry. She reported for GlobalPost on how the country’s discovery of massive offshore oil deposits, coupled with stiff regulations for foreign investors, is shifting the energy market. You can follow her on Twitter @SimonesNews.


Antonio Olivo, a reporter for The Chicago Tribune, traveled to China to document the measures that some people are taking to earn money and migrate to the United States. During his fellowship, Olivo spoke with families-turned-investors in Beijing, Shanghai and Chicago. Read his stories and watch his video for The Tribune.


Nicole Ferguson Carr, a reporter for Fox affiliate WGHP in Greensboro, N.C, explored import/export links between North Carolina and China. She went to Bejing and found that retailers are importing furniture made in the state, and as well as importing produce grown by N.C. farmers. You can follow her on Twitter @NewsWithNicole.


Arwa Gunja, a New York City-based producer for the public radio program “The Takeaway,” traveled to Paris to examine the impact of France's burqa veil ban over the last year. She met with the founder of a support and advocacy network for those who continue to wear head coverings. She also reported on the aftermath of the March 2012 shooting deaths in Toulouse. Her stories could be heard on both WNYC’s "The Takeaway" and PRI’s The World. You can follow her on Twitter @Arwa_Gunja.


Cindy Carcamo, formerly an immigration reporter at The Orange County Register, exposed a new route for illegal immigrants attempting to enter the United States from Mexico. She traveled to Mexico and along the routes of smugglers in the Pacific Ocean, talking to officials and passengers, for her three-part-series in the Register. She recently accepted a position as a national correspondent at The Los Angeles Times. You can follow her on Twitter @thecindycarcamo.


Elizabeth Aguilera, a staff writer on immigration and demographics at U-T San Diego, reported on the dangerous trade of human trafficking and prostitution in Mexico. Her piece, complete with multimedia and photos, depicts the harsh realities of an industry that relies on the United States. You can follow Aguilera on Twitter @utsdaguilera.


Hannah Yi, a New York City-based multimedia producer for the PBS show “Need to Know,” investigated the impact that U.S. drone attacks are having on citizens in targeted areas in Pakistan. She interviewed survivors of the strikes and produced a piece that aired on “Need to Know,” along with a web feature. You can follow her on Twitter @hannahyi.


Erika Beras, a behavioral health reporter and producer at 90.5 Essential Public Radio station in Pittsburgh, traveled to Poland to report on the economic and environmental concerns surrounding the practice of “fracking” natural gas. The practice is common in southwestern Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region, which she covers back home. Her stories explored everything from drilling to legislation in Eastern European countries. You can follow Beras on Twitter @WesaErika.


Phillip Martin, a senior investigative reporter for WGBH Boston Public Radio produced a series of reports on human trafficking. He traveled to Southeast Asia, the UAE and the East Coast of the United States, to examine the impact of international trafficking on ordinary people for a multi-part series for WBGH, as well as in reports for "The Takeaway", PRI’s "The World" and The Huffington Post. You can follow him on Twitter @phillipWGBH.


Shirley Jahad, host of “Weekend Edition” at 89.3 KPCC in Los Angeles, covered the importance of rare earth minerals on modern technology and product manufacturing in China, the United States and Africa. She spent time in Uganda and other East African countries. You can follow her on Twitter @ShirleyJahad.