Two from SAS Win Pulitzer Center International Student Reporting Fellowships

May 29, 2013

In a pilot partnership with Penn's African Studies Center, two students have been named 2013 Pulitzer Center International Student Reporting Fellows.

Diksha Bali, a junior majoring in English in the College of Arts and Sciences and business at Penn’s Wharton School, will travel to Ghana to intern at the Yonso Project through Penn’s International Internship Program. She will report on issues, such as waste management, that are related to the growth of rural communities.

Luke Messac, a graduate student enrolled in a dual-degree M.D./Ph.D. program in the Department of History and Sociology of Science and the Perelman School of Medicine, will spend time in Malawi reporting on the country's ongoing economic crisis and the effects of health user fees, especially on the rural poor, at hospitals and health centers. Malawi has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. 

Bali and Messac are among nearly two dozen undergraduate and graduate fellowship recipients at Campus Consortium member schools who will pursue international reporting projects around the world. They will receive professional support from Pulitzer Center editors and journalists. The Center supports in-depth coverage of international affairs, focusing on topics that have been under-reported or unreported.

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