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Harvard’s Shorenstein Center Names Spring 2019 Fellows

Harvard’s Shorenstein Center Names Spring 2019 Fellows

The Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School, on Wednesday announced its Spring 2019 class of Fellows. The Joan Shorenstein Fellowship is a four-month residential program in which Fellows conduct research culminating in an original piece of scholarship focused on the intersection of media, politics, and public policy. Among the six Fellows is Koa Beck, the former Editor-in-Chief of Jezebel and the Co-Host of “The #MeToo Memos” on WNYC’s The Takeaway. Her literary criticism and reporting on gender, LGBTQ rights, culture, and race have appeared in a wide variety of print and online outlets. While at the Shorenstein Center, Beck will write a paper on “How Women’s Media Operates as a Vehicle for White Feminism”. Juan Carlos Iragorri, an award-winning Colombian journalist and author who directs Voces RCN, one of the most influential political radio shows in Colombia. He is also an International Correspondent for Semana magazine, and is the Founder and Director of the Universidad del Rosario Master’s Program in Journalism in Colombia. During his time at the Shorenstein Center, Iragorri will write a paper titled, “The War against the Media and the Weakening of Democracy: Lessons from Latin America.” Adam Serwer is a Staff Writer at The Atlantic, covering politics. He has previously worked for BuzzFeed News, MSNBC, Mother Jones, and The American Prospect. Serwer will conduct research into the historical role that Black voters have played in defending and advancing the foundational American notion that all people are created equal -- most especially when others have abandoned it. Miguel Head, who served as Press Secretary and Chief of Staff to Prince William and Prince Harry; Ed O’Keefe, SVP Content Development at CNN; and Markus Paul Somm, who most recently was the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Basler Zeitung in Switzerland, were also named Fellows. More here.

Barbara Lee Named Co-Chair of Cannabis Caucus

Barbara Lee Named Co-Chair of Cannabis Caucus

Catherine Cortez Masto Calls for Reforms to Detention Protocols to Protect Migrants

Catherine Cortez Masto Calls for Reforms to Detention Protocols to Protect Migrants