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Students moving on — and up

Posted: April 30, 2016 | Tags: journalism


Photo by Shih-Wei Chou

Graduate student Karol Ilagan joins her colleagues from the University of Missouri at the White House Correspondents Dinner Saturday. 

More than 100 students and former students have been a part of the Investigative Reporting Workshop since 2009, from our first post-graduate fellows, including Kat Aaron, now at WNYC, to our current mix of grads and undergrads who are interns, researchers, reporters, videographers, photographers and graphic designers. Each academic year and summer we recruit, hire and train new teams. Most of the students are from American University's School of Communication programs, but we've also hired history, international studies and business majors and students in CLEG, our interdisciplinary major in communications, legal institutions, economics and government.

This year's master's and undergraduate students have been exceptional. The group included students from other universities, too: We continued our partnership with the University of Missouri, which gave us two second-year master's students to work on projects with editors at the Workshop as well as with our partners at The Washington Post and WAMU-FM, our local NPR affiliate.

Here's a look at where they are headed after finishing up their last classes this summer and graduating:

Ashley Balcerzak, a current AU master's student, will continue her fellowship at the Center for Public Integrity.

Ashley Campbell, a current AU master's student, will join Interfaith Voices, public radio's news magazine, and then go a PhD program at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Sarah Edwards, our Workshop Fellow and master's student this past year, and who came to us with experience and interest in juvenile rights and the juvenile defense system, is becoming the communications and development manager at the National Juvenile Defender Center

Daniel Farber Ball, a current AU master's student, is finishing his joint graduate degree in international media at the School of Communication and the School of International Service.

Taylor Harris, a senior at Howard University who was editor of The Hilltop, the student newspaper, has been accepted in American University's master's program. She was recently featured in a Washington Post Sunday magazine story, "Is this Howard's tipping point?

Derek Hawkins, a current AU master's student who reported for The Washington Post's police-shootings series, which won a Pulitzer Prize, will stay at the Post through the summer as an intern.

Andrew Kreighbaum, a University of Missouri master's student who just completed his program, will return to the Workshop for about a month.

Karol Ilagan, a University of Missouri master's student who just completed her program, re-joins The Philippine Center for Investigative Reporting.

Lesia Olesnyckyj, a current AU undergrad who has worked as a designer, photo researcher, photographer and graphic artist, will continue her studies at AU in the fall.

Meghan Puryear, a current AU master's student, will join CNN's investigative team in Washington as an intern this summer.

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