Global Reporting Program Fellows

2019

Braela Kwan
University of British Columbia

Braela Kwan is a Vancouver-based journalist interested in the interface between people and the environment. After completing a B.Sc. in Environmental Sciences at the University of British Columbia and working in communications and marketing, she shifted to journalism. She spent the summer of 2019 interning at The Tyee, where she reported on agriculture and climate justice. She hopes to pursue investigative journalism and photography to connect new audiences to global and local issues.

Ben Mussett
University of British Columbia

Ben Mussett is a Vancouver-based journalist interested in politics, climate change and globalization. Over the past year, he has covered everything from the opioid crisis to Vancouver’s resilient urban eagle population. No matter the topic, Ben seeks stories that showcase the quirky side of humanity. His words have appeared in CBC, Vice, the Vancouver Courier and other publications. Before joining the UBC School of Journalism, Ben completed a Bachelor of Arts in political science and international studies at Simon Fraser University.

Katherine Dornian
University of British Columbia

Katherine Dornian is a Vancouver-based journalist reporting on social issues, culture, arts, and global affairs. She holds degrees in linguistics and English literature from the University of British Columbia. As a second-year graduate student of the School of Journalism, she specializes in radio production, along with work in the form of written features and videojournalism. Her stories can be found on CBC Radio, The Georgia Straight, and The Ubyssey.

Rida E Zehra Zaidi
Centre for Excellence in Journalism

Rida completed a Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences and Liberal Arts from IBA in 2018 and is currently enrolled in the graduate journalism program at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism. Born and raised in Karachi, she is interested in using journalism as a tool to give a voice to the marginalized and underrepresented communities. Rida hopes that her stories can impact public policy and bring social change. 

Kassidie Cornell
University of British Columbia
Kassidie Cornell is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Media and Journalism and Sport Marketing at the University of South Dakota, where she also served as Producer of its student television newscast, Coyote News. While in South Dakota, Kassidie was a member of the swim team, competing at the NCAA Division One level. Recently, Kassidie completed internships at Daily Hive and Global National. Her areas of interest include current affairs, social justice and sports. 
Rabia Bugti
Centre for the Excellence in Journalism

Rabia Bugti is a Karachi based, freelance multimedia journalist. She is the first woman from Dera Bugti in Balochistan to work in the media. She did her Masters in political science from Balochistan University and is currently enrolled at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism at IBA Karachi. Her work as a photojournalist has appeared in organisations like Dawn, The Diplomat, The National, BBC Urdu and Los Angeles Times. Recently she visited Afghanistan as a peace ambassador with Media Training and Research Center in collaboration with Medioteck Afghanistan.

Candice Lipski
University of British Columbia

Candice Lipski is a Vancouver-based journalist interested in arts, culture, community, and social issues. She completed her BA in Psychology at UBC Okanagan, and has been a research assistant on the Lesbian and Gay Liberation Canada database project for a number of years. She enjoys writing most, but is also working on developing mutlimedia skills. During the summer she interned at Vancouver Magazine and CBC Radio. When she’s not chasing a story, she’s listening to podcasts, cooking, or exploring the city.

Nkurikiyinka Julien Astrida
Daystar University

Nkurikiyinka Julien Astrida is a Rwandese Journalist with four years experience in reporting at the Rwanda Broadcasting Agency (RBA). At RBA, Julien got exposed to a multi-cultural work environment. He has also worked as a media reporter for a foundation called “Friends of Imbuto” where he took part in activities such as creating yearly awareness campaigns for girl child education. His other duties included making sure the campaign programs ran smoothly and liaising with other media editors and presenters to broadcast the campaigns. Julien is currently pursuing Masters in Corporate Communication at Daystar University, Nairobi, Kenya.

Asim Muhammad Ameen
Centre for the Excellence in Journalism
Asim Muhammad Ameen is a multi-disciplinary visual artist, educator, and translator from Karachi. He has worked in primary and secondary education for about 10 years and has also exhibited his artwork in Karachi. He uses new media, sculptures, and installations to investigate the connections between language, religion, and politics. He has undergraduate degrees in Fine Art, History and Education and is currently enrolled in the graduate journalism program at Centre for the Excellence in Journalism - IBA, Karachi.
Lydia Mukari Okang'a
Daystar University

Lydia Mukari Okang'a is a masters student at Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya. Born and raised in Western Kenya, she holds a degree in Communication with a concentration in Electronic Media from Daystar University. She worked as a  journalist at the Catholic diocese of Kakamega in Kenya and is a former intern at Radio Waumini, where she worked as a news reporter. She is skilled  in audio-visual production and news-writing. She is interested in socio-economic issues and is passionate about young people and their well-being.

Logan Turner
University of British Columbia

Born and raised in the city of Thunder Bay, Ont., Logan Turner is going into his second year in the Masters of Journalism program at UBC. He is fascinated by stories about environment, health, politics and education and has been actively pursuing these interests as a reporter with CBC Radio Thunder Bay. Logan has an Honours Bachelor degree in Political Sciences from the University of Ottawa and a Masters of Global Health from McMaster University.

Newsha Naderzad
University of California - Berkeley

Newsha Naderzad is a multimedia journalist from California. Her passion is investigative journalism and is a freelance reporter covering topics such as affordable housing, homeless healthcare, natural disasters, and elections.

She received her BFA in Photography from SJSU, and is currently pursuing a masters in Journalism from UC Berkeley.

Aria Nasimi
University of British Columbia
Aria Nasimi is a Vancouver-based journalist interested in international relations and global politics. He has a BA degree in Journalism from the University of Balkh in Afghanistan with multiple years of journalistic experience in Afghanistan. While completing his degree at the University of Balkh, Nasimi started working as a reporter with Arezo TV, a national tv network in Afghanistan and later continued working with the network as senior correspondent. Between 2012 to late 2014, Nasimi worked as the News Editor at Arezo TV. Now, Nasimi is completing his masters in journalism at UBC's Graduate School of Journalism. Recently, he completed internships at The Tyee and The Georgia Straight.
Drusilla A. Ouma
Daystar University

Drusilla Anyango is pursuing her Master’s degree in Development Communication from Daystar University, Kenya. Her undergraduate degree was also in Communication, from the same university, with a focus on Public Relations.
She has experience doing research, and she worked as a research assistant on a research project themed “Operation come to school” which was a partnership between Women Educational Researchers of Kenya and UNICEF and also at Concern Worldwide in a project on Digital Mapping of informal schools in Nairobi’s informal settlements.
Additionally, she has partnered with Love in Deed, Kenya, a local organization working with vulnerable children and families where she has documented stories of the beneficiaries of the program.

 

Fabian Fröhlich
University of British Columbia

Fabian Froehlich joined the Faculty of Education as a graduate student in 2018. Specializing in Media & Technology Education Studies Fabian’s research focuses on equitable and inclusive instructional design through educational technology. He is a SOTL-specialist (Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) at the Centre of Teaching and Learning Technology at UBC leading several research projects. Furthermore, Fabian works for the Learning Analytics Team of UBC IT, which is involved in creating educational tools for students and instructors. If he is not in the library looking for ancient educational sources you can find him in the hot tub of the aquatic centre. Before joining the UBC academic life Fabian worked in the movie and television industry covering everything from reality-TV to documentaries. Education is an experience, an experience of empowerment.

Alison St. Pierre
University of British Columbia

Alison St. Pierre joined UBC’s Educational Studies department as a graduate student in 2018. Her research is focused on how young learners conceptualize of and contribute to understandings of reconciliation with Indigenous communities in Canada. A perpetual interdisciplinary student, Alison is interested in the spaces where people, places and ways of knowing and being meet. She has an undergraduate degree from the Arts & Science program at McMaster University.

Maria Jose Athie Martinez

Maria Jose Athie Martinez is a PhD student in Curriculum Studies, in the Faculty of Education. She has Montessori Studies from Italy, BA in Education from Universidad Iberoamericana (UIA), Mexico. MA in Curriculum Studies from UBC. And previous PhD studies from Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), Mexico City. Maria Jose has worked in critical analysis of educational systems within Research Centers in Mexico, such as IiSUE in UNAM, INIDE in UIA. In UBC she has participated in a variety of Indigenizing and Reconciliation research projects and participatory action research projects. She is an active member of a variety of Indigenous groups in Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Her expertise is on Indigenous Ways of Knowing, a professional career that for a Mexican female has implied turning into an Activist and defendant of Land, Human Rights, Displacements, disappears, killings. She is cofounder of “Txalupa Educationl Project” a non-profit in the Vasc country (Spain) which goal is to understand the uniqueness in each human being, as peoples’ tools to be more prepared to be part of society. For Mari Jose our personal, cultural and experiential differences are our assets.

Hina Zahir Imam
University of British Columbia

Hina Imam is a multimedia journalist interested in social justice, race and representation, and sociopolitical issues. She was raised in the Middle East and completed a Bachelor of Science in Media Studies from Pakistan. Her work has appeared in CBC, The Tyee, The Georgia Straight and other publications. Hina gravitates towards human-interest narratives and seeks to tell stories that are overlooked and voices that are neglected. She believes there is much more that unites us than divides us.

Wesaam Al-Badry
University of California - Berkeley
Jennifer Cortez
University of California - Berkeley

2018


Prisca Baike
Makerere University
Prisca Baike is a Ugandan journalist with a passion for giving a voice to the voiceless. She has a keen interest in gender and sexuality and enjoys covering topics about women, children and LGBTIQ rights. Currently a second year master's student at Makerere University Kampala, Prisca is drawn to covering socioeconomic issues such as education, health, agriculture and the environment. She is a writer with The New Vision, Uganda’s leading daily newspaper, and has previously worked with The Observer Newspaper in Uganda.
Oscar Beardmore-Gray
University of British Columbia
Oscar Beardmore-Gray is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver. Born in the UK, raised partly in Canada he is particularly interested in sport, international relations and politics. He holds a BA in History from the University of Bristol and was sports editor of Epigram, the university’s student paper. He moved back to Vancouver in 2017 to study journalism at UBC and recently interned at CBC’s London bureau and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
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Cameron Bullen
University of British Columbia
Cameron is an ecologist based in Vancouver, BC, where he is currently pursuing a M.Sc with Dr. Kai Chan in the Institute for Resources, Environment and Sustainability. Cameron is broadly interested in marine conservation and changing ecosystem dynamics in the context of ecosystem function and contribution to people. Before beginning graduate studies, Cameron worked on marine protected areas (MPAs), oil spill monitoring, and climate change mitigation in roles as a research assistant, environmental consultant, and at an environmental NGO.
Paige Dean
The University of British Columbia
Paige is a second year medical student at UBC. After growing up in Vancouver, she moved to Kingston, ON to complete her undergraduate degree in Life Sciences (with a minor in Music) at Queen’s University. Recently, Paige traveled to Nepal with several of her classmates to participate in a global health initiative aimed at supporting screening and diagnosis of sickle cell disease in a rural community. Outside of medical school, Paige enjoys running, skiing, and trying out some of Vancouver’s amazing restaurants.
Dandan Dong
Nanjing University
Dandan Dong is a graduate student majoring in Communication Science at the School of Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University. Driven by a desire to explore, she is passionate about photography, non-linear editing, and learning Spanish. Dandan has participated in the Munich International Summer Program, a summer exchange program hosted by Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München (Munich, Germany). Previously, she has worked with public relations company Publicis Groupe, a 4A advertising company, in an effort to nurture her artistic abilities.
Caroline Graham
University of British Columbia
Caroline Graham is a graduate student at the University of British Columbia's Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries. She is interested in the changing planet, its resources, and people who depend on these resources. A graduate of Grinnell College (USA), she has spent time in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, researching the effects of changing ocean conditions on ecosystems and people. She is always looking for ways to bridge the gap between different disciplines and work together to share knowledge and promote change.
Abi Hayward
University of British Columbia
Hailing from Yorkshire, U.K., Abi Hayward is a journalist currently based in British Columbia, Canada. After shifting from zoology to journalism, Abi now explores the interface between science and society. Her words have appeared in The Guardian, Canadian Geographic and The Tyee. She is a Canadian Online Publishing Awards 2018 Finalist for Best Interactive Story and was shortlisted for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize 2013.
Ryan Patrick Jones
University of British Columbia
Ryan Patrick Jones is a multimedia journalist interested in politics, urban issues and international affairs. He has worked as a web writer and radio reporter for CBC Toronto, written stories for The Ubyssey and is a leading member of the news collective at CiTR 101.9FM, where he and his team won a National Community Radio Award for best news reporting. Ryan holds a Bachelor of Social Science in Political Science and History from the University of Ottawa.
Sulaiman Kakaire
Makerere University
Sulaiman Kakaire is an award-winning journalist working with The Observer newspaper in Uganda. He is a winner of the David Astor Journalism Award and the Uganda National Journalism Award. He is a legal consultant on media law and regulation at Legal Brains Trust (LBT), a Ugandan human rights watchdog NGO. He holds two degrees from Makerere University and a post-graduate diploma in Legal Practice from the Law Development Centre. Sulaiman is currently pursuing an MA in Journalism and Communication at Makerere University.
Stephan Kroener
Universidad de los Andes
Stephan Kroener was born in Germany, but has lived most of the last decade in Colombia, where he has worked for more than two years as a volunteer with Peace Brigades International. After completing a master's degree in Latin-American history, he decided to embark on a PhD, focusing on human rights in the Colombian press. Now in his second year of his Master's of Journalism at the Universidad de los Andes in Bogotá, Stephan's aim is to become a correspondent between Europe and Latin-America.
Hao Luo
Nanjing University
Hao Luo is a junior student in Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University, China. She was born and raised in the coastal city of Ningbo, home of the largest Chinese fishery. Hao is interested in Chinese art, global affairs and environmental issues. She has interned with Xinhua Newspaper, a local government office, and three campus media organizations in the past two years. She focuses on character reporting and news photography.
Emmanuel Ngabire
Makerere University
Emmanuel Ngabire is a Ugandan journalist with more than ten years’ practice experience in the East African region. He is inclined towards a human interest take on the news, and strives to explore key societal issues through the lens of their impact on the ordinary individual. He is currently pursuing an M.A. in Journalism and Communication from Makerere University and is a fellow in the University of British Columbia’s Global Journalism Reporting Program.
Dustin Patar
University of British Columbia
Dustin Patar is a Vancouver-based journalist, photographer and filmmaker focused on the environment. Before attending the UBC Graduate School of Journalism he completed a BA in Communication with a minor in Publishing at Simon Fraser University and spent two years attending film school at Capilano University. His work has appeared in the 2017 Capture Photography Festival in Vancouver, CBC Indigenous and Hakai Magazine where he interned over the summer of 2018, covering science and the environment from a coastal perspective.
Monique Rodrigues
University of British Columbia
Monique Rodrigues is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver. She was born and raised in Brasilia, Brazil’s capital. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Social Communication with a concentration in Journalism from the University of Brasilia. Along with experience in corporate communications, Monique has worked in radio and online journalism. Recently, she interned at CBC Vancouver with the show On The Coast and with the podcast SOLD!. Monique is passionate about discovering new things and listening to people’s stories.
Sebastian Romero Torres
Universidad de los Andes
Sebastian Romero Torres is a Journalism student at Universidad de los Andes. Born and raised in Bogota, Colombia, Sebastian holds a degree in philosophy from Colombia's National University. His research as a philosopher focuses mostly on continental works, trying to decipher the mysteries of human nature. As a journalist, his interests are text and audio production, exploring, and understanding the different cultures around the world. He loves photography, animals, and discovering new music.
Annie Rueter
University of British Columbia
Annie Rueter is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver. Recently, Annie completed internships at CBC Toronto and Canadian Geographic, where she published stories on topics ranging from international politics to conservation. Her written and photographic work have also appeared in Vancouver Weekly and The Ubyssey. Originally from Toronto, she holds a BA in English and political science from the University of Western Ontario where she worked as an arts editor at The Western Gazette.
Rehmatullah Sheikh
University of British Columbia
Rehmatullah Sheikh is an award-winning podcaster based in Vancouver. His interests include TV news, documentaries and radio stories that put human journeys and conflicts at the heart of the narrative. He is from India but grew up in the Middle East. This third-culture experience — along with travels undertaken in the Middle East, North Africa, and Turkey — have forged a unique sense of identity and cross-cultural understanding. Rehmatullah believes that there's more that binds us together than divides us.
Rithika Shenoy
University of British Columbia
Rithika Shenoy is a journalist specialising in international relations. She interned at the Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, and the BBC. She completed her undergraduate degree in law and social work in India and most of her work has been about issues plaguing Indian society. Rithika’s passion for writing came through her experiences while traveling. Most often, you'll find her buried in a book, reading about some fascinating people and places, or planning her next travels. 
Thomas Smith
University of British Columbia
Thomas Smith is a graduate student at the Institute for Oceans and Fisheries (IOF). His research focuses on both population and behavioural ecology of salmonids. He is also interested in society's evolving relationship aquatic resources. He completed his BSc (Combined Honours) in both Marine Biology and Environment, Sustainability & Society at Dalhousie University, as well as a technical diploma in Fisheries and Aquaculture at Vancouver Island University.
Jonathan Ventura
University of British Columbia
Jonathan Ventura is a journalist focused on issues of accountability, justice and community building. With roots in El Salvador and Winnipeg he is currently working in Vancouver on creative forms of storytelling. Using animation, video, and motion graphics he hopes to connect with new audiences who might not access traditional forms of news. His work has been featured on CBC digital, television, and radio.
Yuxian Wang
Nanjing University
Yuxian Wang is a first-year Master of Journalism and Communication student at Nanjing University. He interviewed several veterans of Chinese expedition in Yunnan province in 2015 with his classmates. He worked as an intern at Beijing SDT Media Co in 2017, participating in the creation of a documentary called ‘Tourism in China.’ He visited several cities for shooting and took part in nonlinear editing of one episode. This documentary was aired on October 1st, 2018.
Shumin Wei
Nanjing University
Shumin Wei is a student in Journalism and Communication at Nanjing University. With a passion for documentaries, she has interned with CaiXin Media, shooting some short documentaries about China, which were concerned about education for migrant workers, "Beijing drifters", and other issues. Over the past three years, she has traveled across the northeast and the northwest of China alone. Along with her studies and work experience, Shumin has also completed volunteer work in Dali, a city in the southwest of China.
Melanie Woods
University of British Columbia
Melanie Woods is a journalist based in Vancouver. She completed a Bachelor of Arts in English (Honours) at the University of Calgary, where she also served as Editor-in-Chief of its student publication, the Gauntlet. As a second-year Master of Journalism student at the University of British Columbia, she is currently conducting SSHRC-funded research into the state of campus press in Canada. Her work has appeared in the Globe and Mail, CBC, Slate, Vice, the Georgia Straight, Xtra and This Magazine.
Vito Zou
University of British Columbia
Vito is currently a second year medical student at the University of British Columbia with a strong interest in global health. He grew up in the Vancouver area and completed a BSc in Life Sciences at McMaster University before medical school. Recently, he worked in rural Nepal with seven of his classmates on a student-led project aimed at evaluating and supporting Sickle Cell Disease screening, diagnosis, and education in the region, and also completed a surgical clinical placement in Germany. In his free time, Vito enjoys swimming, travelling, and exploring the bustling food scene in Vancouver.

Past International Reporting Program Fellows

2017

 

Sophie Gray
University of British Columbia

Sophie Gray is a multimedia journalism student at the University of British Columbia’s Graduate School of Journalism. Born and raised in Vancouver, her work spans many topics from local civic issues through the eyes of skateboarders to social justice movements and indigenous rights. She is passionate about the power of journalism to create social change through sharing the stories of those who would not normally be heard. Her work has been featured on the CBC and VICE, and she was the recipient of the Jack Webster Student Journalism Award in 2016.

Alexander Kim
University of British Columbia

Alexander B. Kim is a journalist and radio producer based in Vancouver, Canada. He has covered Vancouver’s opioid crisis, food security in the Canadian Arctic and Indigenous culture in Interior British Columbia. He is currently working on a documentary about psychology’s replication crisis and the birth of the open science movement.

Emma Loy
University of British Columbia

Emma Loy is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver, B.C., covering topics in science, environment and health. Emma is an avid traveller who discovered her reporting skills while travelling through a remote cholera-stricken village in Papua New Guinea. She holds a B.Sc. in Biology and is currently a second-year student at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. Emma recently interned at CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks and is a regular contributor at The Ubyssey. Her work has also appeared on CBC Indigenous and CBC’s Unreserved. Emma is currently gaining skills in data journalism to merge her love of numbers with her love of storytelling. When Emma is not working on a project, you can find her playing Celtic fiddle tunes at the local pub or running through the mountains. 

Holly McKenzie-Sutter
University of British Columbia

Holly McKenzie-Sutter is a journalist specializing in labour and culture stories. She started writing for the campus press while studying English and Cinema at the University of Toronto, and migrated to Vancouver in 2016 to study journalism at UBC and to pretend to enjoy being outside. Her work has been published with CBC Indigenous and the Georgia Straight, where she interned for 12-weeks in 2017, covering city politics and arts & culture in Vancouver.

Alex Migdal
University of British Columbia

Alex Migdal is a multimedia journalist based in Vancouver. Originally from Edmonton, Alex has reported for The Globe and Mail, CBC and Edmonton Journal. His byline has also appeared in Maclean’s, VICE and Metro. In 2015, Alex received an Ontario Newspaper Award and the Goff Penny Award for Canada’s best young journalist for his reporting at the Gueph Mercury. He holds a BA in English and Film Studies from the University of Alberta and is in his second year at the UBC Graduate School of Journalism. His research at the school is funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.

Sharon Nadee
University of British Columbia

Sharon Nadeem is a Vancouver-based multimedia journalist, specializing in global reporting and international affairs. Originally from India, Sharon was brought up in the Middle East, where she developed a fascination for intercultural interaction. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the University of Bangalore and hopes to combine her skills in programming with her love for storytelling. Her work has been featured in CBC Indigenous, Yukon News, Jakarta Post and Edmonton Journal. When she isn’t reporting, she’s either eating or planning her next trip. 

Andrew Seal
University of British Columbia

Andrew Seal is a multimedia journalist interested in international affairs, politics, and cultural issues. His work has appeared in The Globe and Mail, CBC, Yukon News, and the Edmonton Journal. Before coming to UBC’s School of Journalism, he did a BA in Anthropology and German at the University of Alberta and spent much of his life overseas, living in Germany, England, Austria, and Oman. In his free time, he enjoys, skiing, mountain biking, and live music.

Aryn Strickland
University of British Columbia

Aryn Strickland is a multimedia journalist specializing in arts and culture. Her work has covered a range of topics from the opioid crisis to the B.C. film industry. Aryn has worked for Vancouver Magazine, CBC’s The Early Edition, and Global National. Before returning to Canada for her undergrad, she lived in Dubai, UAE for 11 years where interacting with different cultures inspired her interest in international reporting.