New Investigative Reporting Fellows

July 8, 2010

Trevor Aaronson, an award-winning print reporter, and Lee Wang, a documentary filmmaker, have been selected as Investigative Reporting Fellows beginning in September, Professor Lowell Bergman and IRP Deputy Director Marlena Telvick announced.

The post-graduate fellowship program, the only one of its kind in the nation,
produces high-level reporting projects in an era of budget cuts and layoffs in
newsrooms around the nation. This fourth annual competition was open to all
working journalists, but preference was given to graduates of the Journalism

Aaronson was previously a projects reporter for The Commercial Appeal
in Memphis, Tennessee, and a staff writer for Village Voice Media in Miami
and Fort Lauderdale. Aaronson has won more than two dozen national and
regional awards for his investigative journalism, which included a series
about corruption and brutality at a Florida police department.

Wang, who received her master of journalism degree at Berkeley, has
worked for PBS’ “Frontline” and “Frontline/World”, MSNBC and Newsweek.
Most recently, Wang served as associate producer on the “Frontline”
documentary “Facing Death.” Her film “Someone Else’s War,” which
investigates the treatment of Filipino workers in Iraq, won the Tribeca Film
Festival’s Student Visionary Award.

The Investigative Reporting Program will also provide special support
in-residence to veteran investigative reporter and former Time magazine bureau
chief Tim McGirk, who has covered the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Israeli-
Palestinian conflict and the hunt for al-Qaeda.

McGirk was the recipient of the Henry Luce award for Reporting and, in the U.K.,
the Foreign Press Association’s 2006 Print Story of the Year award for his
investigation into the killing of 24 Iraqi civilians by U.S. Marines at Haditha, Iraq,
and the subsequent cover-up by the U.S. military.

This year’s fellowships are made possible by core grants from the Sandler
Foundation and the Hellman Foundation along with donations from Scott and
Jennifer Fearon, The Financial Times, The Gruber Family Foundation, John
Keker, Jerome Simon and Peter Wiley.

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