East-West Center Announces 2016 Jefferson Fellows


International group of 14 accomplished journalists will travel to China, Japan and Hawai‘i to explore the economic future of the Asia-Pacific region.


HONOLULU - (March 23, 2016) -- The East-West Center has announced the selection of 14 accomplished international journalists for its 2016 Jefferson Fellowships travel-study seminar. The print and broadcast journalists from 10 countries and territories will travel together in May to China, Japan and Hawai‘i to gain on-the-ground perspectives, deepen knowledge of regional issues and build a professional network of contacts. Participants represent a range of top news organizations including CNN International, National Public Radio, Times of India, Straits Times and others.

The selected Jefferson Fellows are:

  • Mr. Syed Asif ALI, Assistant Editor, The News International, Karachi, Pakistan
  • Ms. Bethany ALLEN-EBRAHIMIAN, Assistant Editor, Foreign Policy Magazine, Washington, USA
  • Ms. Azadeh ANSARI, International News Editor, CNN International, Atlanta, USA
  • Mr. Nishant DAHIYA, Asia Editor, National Public Radio, Washington, USA
  • Mr. Carter DOUGHERTY, Senior International Economics Writer, International Business Times, New York, USA
  • Mr. Nirmal GHOSH, Indochina Bureau Chief, The Straits Times, Bangkok, Thailand
  • Ms. Samantha HAYES, Senior Presenter and Reporter, Newshub, Mediaworks Ltd (TV3), Auckland, New Zealand
  • Ms. Sheradyn HOLDERHEAD, Political Reporter, News Corp Australia – The Advertiser and Sunday Mail, Adelaide, Australia
  • Mr. Yophiandi KURNIAWAN, News Producer, Kompas TV, Jakarta, Indonesia
  • Ms. Kwangyin LIU, Senior Reporter, CommonWealth Magazine, Taipei City, Taiwan
  • Mr. Ishkandar RAZAK, Journalist, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Melbourne, Australia
  • Mrs. Helen TARAWA – REI, Senior Journalist/Reporter, The National Newspaper, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
  • Mr. Pradeep THAKUR, Senior Assistant Editor, The Times of India, New Delhi, India
  • Ms. Xiaojing XING, Chief Correspondent, Global Times, Beijing, China

The program will provide journalists with an opportunity to deepen their knowledge of the economic challenges and restructuring in Japan and China. Travel to Beijing and Guiyang will explore China’s efforts to maintain its growth as it shifts to a new model based more on domestic demand versus government investment, higher value-added manufacturing and innovation, while also addressing environmental degradation and the need for a broader distribution of wealth. In Japan, meetings and visits in Kitakyushu/Fukuoka and Tokyo will explore Prime Minister Abe’s monetary, fiscal, and structural reform measures intended to boost the economy out of persistent deflation and stimulate growth.

About the Jefferson Fellowships:
The Jefferson Fellowships program is a three-week professional dialogue, study and travel program designed for working journalists from Asia, the Pacific and the United States to broaden their understanding of Asia Pacific-U.S. issues, gain on-the-ground perspectives and build an international network of contacts. Founded in 1967, the Jefferson program is the East-West Center’s most widely-recognized and established seminar program, with an illustrious network of more than 650 program alumni from leading news organizations across the Asia Pacific region and the United States.

The Freeman Foundation of Stowe Vermont provides core funding for the Fellowships along with the East-West Center. Additional funding is provided by: Asia New Zealand Foundation, Mary Morgan Hewett Fund, U.S. embassies in Asia Pacific, private businesses and journalists' news organizations.