Posted by: africanpressorganization | 29 September 2009

U.S. Editors Report From Kenya: Wilson Center Panel Discusses Covering Health, Environment, and Security in Africa


U.S. Editors Report From Kenya: Wilson Center Panel Discusses Covering Health, Environment, and Security in Africa


WASHINGTON, Sept. 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Twelve senior U.S. editors and producers traveled to Kenya last spring for an in-depth look at Kenya, an important U.S. ally in the volatile Horn of Africa. The International Reporting Project (IRP) Gatekeeper Editors interviewed Kenyan Prime Minister Raile Odinga about conflict and corruption, explored environmental destruction in the country’s rural villages, and followed disease detectives in the slums of Kibera.


At the Wilson Center on October 1st, three of the Gatekeepers will discuss their reporting and the U.S. media’s coverage of global issues. Andrea Crossan of the BBC/PRI program “The World,” Stephanie Hanson of and Margaret McElligott of will be introduced by IRP’s Louise Lief. A short video, “Kenya on the Edge,” will examine the ethnic and environmental issues underlying last year’s deadly violence.


The IRP is an independent non-profit program based at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, D.C. It promotes in-depth international coverage in the U.S. news media through a variety of fellowships for U.S. journalists.


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What: Reporting From Kenya: U.S. Media Cover Health, Environment, and Security


Who: Andrea Crossan, Radio Producer, “The World,” BBC/PRI

Stephanie Hanson, Associate Director and Coordinating Editor,

Margaret McElligott, Senior Producer,

Louise Lief, Deputy Director, International Reporting Project


When: Thursday, October 1st, noon – 2:00 p.m.


Where: Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 5th Floor Conference Room

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.


The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars is the living, national memorial to President Wilson established by Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C. It is a nonpartisan institution, supported by public and private funds, engaged in the study of national and world affairs.


Since 1994, the Wilson Center’s Environmental Change and Security Program has explored the connections among environmental challenges and their links to conflict and security.


The Africa Program promotes dialogue among policymakers and academic specialists on both African issues and U.S. policy toward Africa.



Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars


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