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The 2018 Global Women’s Issues Reporting Team

Meet our team

 

Let them be sea captains,”

                                     – Margaret Fuller

In 2018, we find ourselves at a critical moment for women globally. From women’s marches worldwide to #TimesUp movement, to the unreported individual acts of feminism and bravery from women around the world, it’s time to recognize women’s advancement as a major news story that will no longer be overlooked or ignored.

Today, we are thrilled to announce our 2018 Global Women’s Issues Reporting Team.

Throughout 2018, the Fuller Project will be partnering with a top-notch network of journalists from around the world, conceptualizing stories that best shine a light on immense challenges women still face, and how they overcome them.

Along with amazing partners like Harvard Kennedy School’s Shorenstein Center, Solutions Journalism Network, European Journalism Centre, the London Bureau of Investigation and many more, we will publish at least two dozen investigative, multi-media feature stories from 12 countries.

Our special publishing partner is ELLE UK, as well as additional leading US and international media outlets.

Stay tuned as we bring you the #fullerstory.   

Meet the talented team below!

The Reporting Team and their Projects:

Aditi Natasha Kin

Aditi is best known for her writing on culture through an intersectional feminist lens. In 2017, Aditi published essays in Jezebel, Vice, Teen Vogue, Bitch Media, The Week and The Root, performed at New Women Space and Quimby’s, and curated “Inherited Trauma,” an event+exhibit at Local Project for the LIC Arts Open Festival. Aditi holds a Bachelor’s in psychology and writing, and a Master’s in Liberal Studies, from Wesleyan University.

Aditi’s proposed project: Violence against immigrant women in the United States

 

 


Allyn Gaestel

Allyn is a Nigeria-based writer and journalist whose work has appeared in print and online at The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Washington Post, Al Jazeera, The Atlantic and many others. She has earned grants to support her work from The Pulitzer Center, The International Reporting Project, IWMF, The Fund for Investigative Journalism, The National Press Foundation, The UN Foundation and others. She has been named a top journalist on women’s health by Women Deliver, and on aid and development by Humanosphere.

Allyn’s proposed project: Women’s rights in Central Africa

 


Amie Ferris-Rotman

Amie is a British-American journalist based in Moscow, where she reports for Foreign Policy. She previously reported across Russia and the former Soviet Union for The Wall Street Journal and Reuters. Between Russia tours, she was Reuters senior correspondent in Afghanistan. In 2013, Amie was awarded a John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University. In 2015, she founded Sahar Speaks, a program for Afghan female journalists. This won her the 2015 Georgina Henry Women in Journalism Award for Innovation. Amie holds a B.A. and M.A. in Russian Studies from University College London. Her reporting, from 12 countries, has also appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic, Politico, Haaretz and The Huffington Post.

                                                                             Amie’s proposed project: Women’s rights in Russia


Amanda Sperber

Amanda is freelance foreign correspondent who covers East Africa and is based between Nairobi and Mogadishu. She writes for the Atlantic, Foreign Policy,  IRIN, VICE and related outlets.

Amanda’s proposed project: Women’s rights in Eastern Africa

 

 

 


Anna Nemtsova

Anna is a Moscow-based multimedia journalist and correspondent for The Daily Beast and Newsweek, covering Russia and the former Soviet states. She also contributes to Politico and Foreign Policy, nbcnews.com, The Guardian, BBC, The Washington Post, Vanity Fair and Marie Claire. She is the winner of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting’s 2012 Persephone Miel Fellowship and a 2015 recipient of the IWMF Courage in Journalism award. Anna began reporting on crisis in the North Caucasus and Central Asia 19 years ago as a researcher for The Washington Post. Anna lives in Moscow with her husband and son.

Anna’s proposed project: Women, peace and security in Russia


Brittany King

Brittany is a writer and social media strategist located in the Midwest. A believer in the power of representation, she’s dedicated to covering marginalized communities. Formerly, she’s managed social media for brands like Hershey and Anheuser Busch and written about diversity and inclusion for higher ed institutions. Currently, she’s a business reporter for the Indianapolis Recorder and a copy editor for FoodBeforeLove.com.

Brittany’s proposed project: race, gender and politics in the US

 


Corinne Redfern 

From following an all-female team defusing landmines by hand in northern Sri Lanka to covering the final months of the Mosul offensive in Iraq to interrogating sex traffickers in rural Bangladesh, Corinne’s work has appeared in Marie Claire, Guardian, Telegraph, BBC, Esquire, and IRIN News, alongside numerous other publications.

Corinne’s proposed project: Child brides and prostitution in Bangladesh

 

 


Dánae Vilchez

Dánae is a Nicaraguan journalist based in Managua. She worked for almost five years in the digital media outlets niu.com.ni and confidencial.com.ni, and in the Television show Esta Semana. She has won two national journalism prizes, on stories about how it is to be a woman in Nicaragua. She holds a degree in Social Communication from the Universidad Centroamericana (UCA).

Danae’s proposed project: Women’s rights in Central America

 

 


Emily Feldman

Emily is a Washington D.C.-based journalist writing about migration, security and human rights. Her work has appeared in Newsweek Magazine, The New Yorker Online, Politico EU, The Daily Beast and other publications. From 2013 to 2017 she was based in Istanbul and reported from Turkey, Iraq, and Europe on the Syrian refugee crisis and the rise and fall of ISIS. With support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, she’s written extensively about the Yazidi minorities targeted by ISIS and has spoken about this work at high schools and universities around the United States. Before moving to Turkey, she was a digital editor at NBC, taught English Language Arts at a New York City high school and studied at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism.

                                                                        Emily’s proposed project: Yazidi refugees and ISIS crimes


Felista Wangari 

Felista Wangari is editor at The Nation in Kenya, and a journalist who specializes in girl and women’s issues. She leads The Fuller Project reporting partnership with The Nation which amplifies women’s voices in the East African media

Felista’s proposed project: Women’s health in Kenya

 

 

 

 


James Fredrick

James is a multimedia journalist based in Mexico City. He writes and makes radio and films, traveling across Mexico and Central America for stories. His current work focuses on immigration, refugees, and crime though he loves writing about Mexican culture and sports. He is a regular contributor to NPR, writes for the Financial Times, The Telegraph, and ESPN, and produces feature reports for the PBS NewsHour.

James’ proposed project: Immigrant and refugee women in the US

 

 


Kiana Hayeri

Kiana grew up in Tehran, Iran and migrated to Toronto while she was still a teenager.  Her self-initiated and self-funded projects often explore complex topics such as migration, adolescence and sexuality. In 2014, she was named as one of the emerging photographers by PDN 30 Under 30. Kiana is a TED fellow and her work has appeared in Le Monde, Der Spiegel, Harper’s Magazine, The Washington Post, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, Marie Claire, Glamour and The Globe and Mail. She is currently based in between Kabul and Tehran.

Kiana’s proposed project: Gender and mental illness in Afghanistan

 


 

Lisa Abend

Lisa is a freelance journalist based in Copenhagen. As a correspondent for TIME, she has covered terrorism, migration, the European economic crisis, the Catalan independence movement, and Scandinavian efforts to promote gender equality. She also contributes regularly to AFAR, the New York Times, Food and Wine, and other American newspapers and magazines. She is the author of The Sorcerer’s Apprentices: A Season in the Kitchen of Ferran Adrià’s elBulli.

Lisa’s proposed project: Gender and religion in North Africa

 


Louise Donovan

Louise is the Deputy Digital Editor of ELLE UK, covering everything from gender issues and women’s rights to world news. She is the recipient of an award from the European Journalism Centre (EJC), which focuses on men fighting (alongside women) for women’s rights, and her work has been published in VICE, Grazia and i-D.

Louise’s proposed project: Battling violence against women and harassment in India

Mariana Sierra

Mariana is a journalist based in the border cities, El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, Mexico. She has contributed to El Diario, The Dallas Morning News, Al Día, Borderzine and recently the Los Angeles Times.

Mariana is most passionate about covering news stories on immigration policy and politics. She hopes to give voice to the untold stories of the borderland and break stereotypes of the region.

Mariana’s proposed project: Immigration policy, security, and women on the US/Mexico border

 


Meghan Dhaliwal

Meghan is a freelance photojournalist and multimedia producer based in Mexico City.  Her work has appeared in Foreign Policy, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, BuzzFeed and more. Prior to her freelance career, Meghan was the Multimedia Projects Coordinator at the Pulitzer Center in Washington, DC, where she designed e-books, curated exhibitions, spoke at schools across the country, worked with youth programs, and worked as a grantee on projects in Haiti in Afghanistan. She has also been a recipient of grants from the International Reporting Project and International Center for Journalists fellowship. In July of 2017, she was part of the IWMF’s hostile environment training and fellowship to report from Tijuana, Mexico.

                                                              Meghan’s proposed project: women’s rights in Mexico and Central America


Natasha Pizzey-Siegert

is a multimedia journalist and film-maker based in Mexico. Switching between video, print, radio and photo, she works as a reporter, director and producer. Natasha’s work from Mexico and Central America has been featured in various international publications, including the BBC, NPR, Teen Vogue, Al Jazeera English, France24, AJ+, and the Financial Times. She covers breaking news stories as well as features and documentaries.

Natasha’s proposed project: Immigrant and refugee women in the US

 

 


Neha Wadekar

Based in Nairobi, Kenya and reporting across Africa, Neha’s work has been published in the New York Times, the New Yorker, Foreign Policy, VICE Media, the GroundTruth Project, Reuters, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the Associated Press and ELLE, among others.

She has a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism in Los Angeles, California, and a bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

Neha’s proposed project: Women’s rights in Somalia


Raji Ram

Raji is a video journalist based in California. She is currently an Associate Producer at AJ+, covering a variety of stories, with a focus on ones that empower women, highlight scientific breakthroughs and educate about the Southeast Asian community. Raji graduated from UC Berkeley in 2015 with a degree in Integrative Biology. In her off time, she enjoys writing, traveling and shooting video. Raji formerly worked at NowThis News and NBC Bay Area.

Raji’s proposed project: Reproductive rights for migrant women

 


Sophie Cousins

Sophie is a health journalist based in South Asia, published in the Guardian, New York Times, Foreign Policy, London Review of Books, Mosaic Science and medical journals including the Lancet and British Medical Journal. Prior to moving to South Asia, she was based between Lebanon and Iraq. Her work has been supported by multiple grants and fellowships from organizations including the International Reporting Project, the United Nations Foundation, and the South Asian Journalists Association.

Sophie’s proposed project: Sexual and reproductive health in India