Chaplin Fellowship


The Chaplin Fellowship in Distinguished Journalism, supported by an endowment from Duty Free Shoppers, Ltd., brings to the East-West Center a distinguished author or journalist to deliver a major address, write articles of particular relevance to Hawaii and its future, and to make other professional contributions to the community.


The George Chaplin Fellowship in Distinguished Journalism was established in 1986 to honor the leadership and ideals of longtime Honolulu Advertiser Editor-in-Chief George Chaplin. Chaplin Fellows are chosen for their significant contributions to journalism and the principles exemplified by the late Mr. Chaplin, who was an early advocate of international business and cultural exchange, co-founder of the East-West Center's Jefferson Fellowships for journalists, and a member of the Center’s Board of Governors for nine years, including five as chairman.


 Read more about George Chaplin here.


2011 George Chaplin Fellow in Distinguished Journalism
In Presidential Speeches, Words Do Matter



Dr. Kathleen Jamieson's Chaplin address at the Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center ranged across the history of the modern U.S. presidency, examined meanings revealed and concealed by campaign ads and presidential speeches.


Click here to read the Wire article on Dr. Jamieson's speech.


Kathleen Jamieson , a leading expert on media and politics, particularly U.S. presidential campaigns, serves as the director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) at the University of Pennsylvania, where she is also a professor of communications. The APPC runs FactCheck, a nonprofit devoted to examining the factual accuracy of U.S. political campaign advertisements.

She is the author or co-author of 16 books including: The Obama Victory: How Media, Money, and Messages Shaped the 2008 Election (2010), Presidents Creating the Presidency (2008), Echo Chamber: Rush Limbaugh and the Conservative Media Establishment (2008), and unSpun: Finding Facts in a World of Disinformation (2007).Dr. Jamieson has won numerous awards for teaching and for her scholarship, and is frequently interviewed on National Public Radio.


2010 George Chaplin Fellow in Distinguished Journalism
Obama’s Foreign Policy: Has America Changed Direction?


During the first year of the Obama presidency, the world observed one of the most fascinating presidential transitions in modern times. Drawing on his years of experience David Sanger explored the debate over sending thousands of troops to Afghanistan and navigating the rising confrontation with Iran. He assessed the long-term goals of energy independence and Obama's effort to project a new image to the world.


Click here to watch the video of Mr. Sanger's speech.


Click here to read the Wire article on Mr. Sanger's speech.

David Sanger is the Chief Washington Correspondent for The New York Times. He has been writing for the Times for 27 years covering foreign policy, globalization, nuclear proliferation, and the presidency. He has been a member of two teams that won the Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, and has been awarded numerous honors for national security and foreign policy coverage.

Sanger served as chief of the Times' Tokyo bureau in the early 1990's, and in 1994 he left Japan to become the chief Washington economic correspondent. Later he was named White House correspondent, during which time he covered 9/11 and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  His first book, The Inheritance: The World Obama Confronts and the Challenges to American Power (2009), is a best-seller.


2008 George Chaplin Fellow in Distinguished Journalism
"Journalism on the Brink? The Decline of Newspapers, the Rise of the Internet, and the Trivialization of Political Coverage"




Click here to listen to Lou Cannon's speech at the Hawai'i Imin International Conference Center.


Lou Cannon is a veteran journalist and award-winning author who lectures and writes on the presidency, the media, police issues, and California politics. Cannon is best known as the author of five Reagan biographies, including the acclaimed President Reagan: The Role of a Lifetime (1991), which the late John Chancellor called "indispensable." David Broder commented that Cannon's book, Governor Reagan: His Rise to Power (2003), is written "with the balance and scrupulous fairness Cannon brings to his work." His most recent book, Reagan's Disciple: George W. Bush's Troubled Quest for a Presidential Legacy (2008), co-authored with his son, Carl, is also drawing much attention. An Economist book review states, "The Cannons are canny, diligent reporters steeped in American politics."

Cannon worked 26 years for The Washington Post as political reporter, White House correspondent, columnist, and Los Angeles bureau chief. He has also written cover stories for California Journal, National Review, and The New York Times Magazine, contributed op-ed articles to The New York Times and L.A. Times, and has been a frequent commentator on television and radio.

Cannon has won numerous awards including the White House Correspondents Association coveted Aldo Beckman award (1984) for overall excellence in presidential coverage, and the Gerald R. Ford Prize (1988) for distinguished reporting on the Nixon, Ford, and Reagan presidencies.


Previous Chaplin Fellows
Haynes Johnson, author, columnist, and television commentator;

Eugene L. Roberts, Professor, University of Maryland College of Journalism;

Ellen Goodman, columnist;

John Hughes,  Pulitzer Prize winner;

David Broder, Pulitzer Prize winner;

Stanley Karnow, Pulitzer Prize winner;

Bill Kovach, Curator, the Nieman Fellowships;

Derek Davies, former editor, Far Eastern Economic Review;

Fred Friendly, CBS and PBS television executive; and

Robert Maynard, editor and publisher.

Contact Information
Susan Kreifels
Media Programs Coordinator 
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