2015 Kiplinger Fellows

Jennifer Rigby

Freelance journalist

Jennifer Rigby is a British journalist who works at The Telegraph newspaper in London. Her role involves thinking up and working on interesting digital projects that tell great stories in new ways. Previously, she worked at Channel 4 News, where she was part of the award-winning No Go Britain campaign, using social media to investigate the daily difficulties faced by disabled people on public transport. She has also lived and worked in the Czech Republic and co-authored a guidebook about Prague. She describes her style, a little ruefully, as "bumptious enthusiasm." Twitter: @jriggers


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Laura Bischoff

Statehouse reporter, Cox Media Group Ohio

Laura Bischoff covers politics and state government for Cox Media Group Ohio, which includes radio, TV and newspapers. She joined the Dayton Daily News staff in 1995 to cover city hall and later information technology businesses. Bischoff moved to the Columbus bureau for the Dayton Daily News in 2001. She has broken stories on political corruption, pension funds, prison conditions and ethics scandals. She also tweets, blogs, and shoots stills and video for CMGO properties. Bischoff has won both state and national journalism awards. Bischoff is a University of Michigan graduate living in OSU territory. Twitter: @lbischoff


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Gerrick D. Kennedy

Music writer, Los Angeles Times

Gerrick D. Kennedy is an award-winning journalist covering pop music for the Los Angeles Times. An Ohio native, he earned a bachelor's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where he was a founding member of the campus chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists and served as editor of The Lantern, OSU's student newspaper. In 2012 he was named Emerging Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. In 2014, the Advocate named him one of its 40 Under 40. Twitter: @GerrickKennedy


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Barbara Rodriguez

Breaking news staffer, Associated Press, Des Moines

Barbara Rodriguez is a breaking news staffer for The Associated Press in Des Moines, Iowa. She's also worked for the news cooperative in Illinois, North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin. Rodriguez monitors and reports about general news in Iowa and Nebraska, and occasionally shoots video. She grew up in Miami and graduated from Boston University with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Rodriguez is currently reporting on the Iowa Legislature. She also serves on the board of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Twitter: @bcrodriguez


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Charles Bergquist

Program director, Science Friday

Charles Bergquist has worked for the public radio program Science Friday since 1997, and is currently the program’s director and contributing producer. From 2008 to 2010, he also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Journalism at New York University. He has edited children’s books on topics including AIDS, puberty and Lyme disease. His writing has been published in publications that include Popular Science, SuperScience and Frost & Sullivan's 'Technical Insights' series. His education includes a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the University of Delaware, and a master's degree in Journalism/Certificate in Science and Environmental Reporting from NYU. Twitter: @cbquist



Ben Bland

South China correspondent, Financial Times

Ben Bland has recently been appointed the South China correspondent for the Financial Times. He previously reported for the FT from Indonesia and Vietnam, where he covered everything from macro-economics to black magic. A keen multimedia journalist, he works with video and audio as well as text. Prior to the FT, Bland was a business reporter in London, his home city, for The Daily Telegraph and Dow Jones Newswires. He has been focused on Asia for more than a decade, studying Asian history as an undergraduate at Cambridge University and then earning a master’s in Southeast Asian Studies at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies. Twitter: @benjaminbland



Brakkton Booker

Producer/reporter, NPR

Brakkton Booker is a producer/reporter covering politics for NPR. He was the network’s lead producer from the Louisville campaign headquarters of current Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell in November. He served in a similar capacity during the 2012 presidential campaign, producing pieces from the Republican and Democratic national conventions as well as from the Obama reelection site in Chicago. This past summer Booker took a break from the political grind to report on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. He enjoys discovering new brands of whiskey and playing golf. However, those hobbies have taken a backseat since May, when he became the proud papa of a little boy, Brayden. Twitter: @brakktonbooker



Ilan Brat

Business reporter, The Wall Street Journal

Ilan Brat covers restaurants and agriculture from Chicago for The Wall Street Journal. He started with the paper in 2005 and has covered everything from the effects of Hurricane Katrina to the slow decline of U.S. mint farmers. Starting in mid-2011, he moved to Spain and covered the European sovereign-debt crisis, and returned to the United States in late 2014. He grew up in Phoenix, Arizona, attended Arizona State University, and has sworn off complaining about Chicago's harsh winters. Twitter: @IlanBrat



Amy Finkelstein

Editor, Associated Press

Amy Finkelstein is an editor who loves helping reporters tell great stories. At the Associated Press's Central Desk, she works with reporters and news editors to develop and manage spot news stories and enterprise across 14 states. She was the lead editor on AP's award-winning coverage of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's trials and has lately been handling stories on Ebola as well as the Michael Brown case. She previously was AP's retail editor and the business editor in Europe. After starting her AP career in Detroit, she moved to multimedia and the international desk. She also worked at The Wall Street Journal.



Nicole Gaudiano

Regional reporter, Gannett

Nicole Gaudiano is a regional reporter in Washington, D.C., who writes for Gannett’s newspapers in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Vermont and for USA TODAY. She has worked in Gannett’s Washington bureau for nine years, focusing mainly on watchdog and breaking news coverage of lawmakers and federal issues. A reporter for 19 years, she has covered community news, crime and courts at daily newspapers, including The Record in Hackensack, New Jersey. She has also covered military justice and Air Force policy for the Gannett publication Air Force Times. Gaudiano grew up in New Jersey and Tennessee and graduated from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and 2-year-old daughter. Twitter: @ngaudiano



Kristen Graham

Education writer, Philadelphia Inquirer

Kristen Graham is an education writer for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she has worked since 2000. She is a digital journalism enthusiast whose coverage was turned on its head — in the best way — when she began using social media as a major part of her beat. She was part of a team that won the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for a series on violence in Philadelphia public schools. Twitter: @newskag 



Blake Kaplan

City editor, Sun Herald

Blake Kaplan is the city editor at the Sun Herald newspaper in Biloxi, Mississippi. He has worked as both a reporter and editor during his 25-year journalism career and has overseen several investigative stories that have won state and regional awards. During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, he supervised a team of journalists that produced the Sun Herald each day from a newsroom in Georgia; those efforts helped the Sun Herald win the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for public service journalism. Twitter: @Blake_Kaplan



Saleem Khan

Reporter/founder, Invstg8.net

Saleem Khan is a digital news pioneer with a passion for the public interest. He leads the investigative journalism project INVSTG8.NET, directs Innovate News and manages media services practice Technovica. Khan launched, managed and reported for the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. technology news service; was news and global technology editor at the world’s largest international newspaper, Metro; and edited for Toronto Star newspapers. He has reported for the New York Times, Globe and Mail, National Post and Fast Company. Khan led the Canadian Association of Journalists as chairman and director for a decade through 2010. He is an IRE and ONA member. Twitter: @saleemkhan



Cristina Lai Men

Senior reporter, TSF Radio Noticias

Cristina Lai Men is a senior reporter at TSF Rádio Notícias in Portugal, where she served as executive editor from 2008 to 2011. Awarded with six journalism prizes, Cristina has a degree in social communication and completed training courses on radio journalism, television and multimedia for the web. She was awarded two fellowships in the United States and attended several seminars about the European Union, development cooperation, violence, women and elections polls. Based in Lisbon, she also has worked as a special correspondent in Spain, Belgium, France, UK, Germany, Turkey, Bosnia Herzegovina, Brazil, the United States and Galapagos Islands. Twitter: @cflaimen



Eli Lopez

Staff editor, The New York Times

Eli Lopez has been a staff editor since 2007 at The New York Times, where he has worked on the foreign and national news desks.  He is now an editor for Room for Debate, a digital hub for news analysis and opinion in which leading experts discuss relevant and trending topics. Currently he is working on a special project with a team of editors, data scientists, designers and entrepreneurs to expand The Times' global audience, with an initial focus on Latin America. Eli was raised in Caracas, Venezuela. Before coming to The Times he spent three years at The Miami Herald as a reporter and copy editor. He lives in Brooklyn, where he also moonlights as a bass player and drummer. Twitter: @elopez_nyc



Kim Lyons

Business reporter, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Kim Lyons is a business reporter at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette who covers ride-sharing and entrepreneurship. She started at the PG as a homepage editor in 2012, and was part of a team that won an Associated Press award for breaking news. She contributes to digital strategies and social media initiatives at the PG, and has pioneered the use of Twitter and online chats as reporting tools in her newsroom. A Boston native who interned at the Boston Globe and the Dallas Morning News, she's also worked for the Pittsburgh Business Times and the Washington, Pa. Observer-Reporter. She started a Pittsburgh chapter of the Online News Association in 2012, and is a passionate advocate of social and online media. Twitter: @socialkimly



Andrea McCarren

Multimedia journalist, WUSA-TV

Andrea McCarren is a multimedia journalist with WUSA-TV in Washington, D.C., and a regular contributor to USA Today. Her reporting has earned her three Edward R. Murrow Awards, 17 Regional Emmy Awards, and dozens of local and national honors. In 2014, the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association named her Best Reporter and awarded her Best News Series. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, where she developed and taught the first multimedia/broadcast journalism courses in Harvard history. McCarren's career includes covering the Clinton White House for ABC News, where she frequently traveled with the president on Air Force One. She has served as a DC-based correspondent for NBC News, and has worked in Miami, Portland, Wichita and Savannah. Andrea has been reporting in Washington for more than two decades. Twitter: @AndreaMcCarren



Nicole Noren

Producer, ESPN

Nicole Noren is a producer for the ESPN program, Outside the Lines. A member of the network’s Enterprise and Investigative Unit, she specializes in stories on education, health and youth sports. Her account of human trafficking at the 2010 World Cup soccer tournament in South Africa was honored with the Edward R. Murrow Award in video investigative reporting - a first for a sports entry. Her story on a college swimmer who battled borderline personality disorder was awarded the Mental Health America 2015 Media Award. An avid traveler and outdoor enthusiast, the University of Hawaii graduate completed a yoga teacher training program in 2014. Twitter: @nicole_noren



Catalina Oquendo

Cultural affairs reporter, El Tiempo

Catalina Oquendo has worked for El Tiempo in Colombia since 2004. She began her career covering Colombia's armed conflict, reporting on the disarmament of paramilitary groups. She won the Simon Bolivar National Award in 2007 with the collective work “Colombia searches its deaths” and in 2005 with “The paramilitarization of the country.” She now writes about cultural affairs. She has won three national awards, Círculo de Periodistas de Bogotá, most recently in 2015 with a multimedia report on archeological trafficking. Her team was a finalist for the Online News Association Award for non-English multimedia in 2012. Oquendo received a Programa Balboa scholarship for young journalists, and worked for ABC newspaper in Madrid for six months. She lives in Bogota and loves to read and dance. Twitter: @cataoquendo



Brandon Quester

Founder/executive director, Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting

Brandon Quester is the founder and executive director/editor of the Arizona Center for Investigative Reporting, a nonprofit newsroom based in Phoenix. His multimedia and data-journalism work has focused on children living along the U.S.-Mexico Border, U.S. soldiers serving in Kuwait and Iraq, and the impact of immigration across Central America and the Caribbean. Quester has focused on statewide investigative reporting projects with AZCIR, covering issues from election administration to the regulation of hazardous materials. He also works as an editor for the Carnegie-Knight News21 program, a national investigative reporting project headquartered at ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Twitter: @bquester



Maria Reeve

Deputy metro editor, Star Tribune

Maria Reeve is deputy metro editor at the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune. She was formerly a features team leader and ran the Star Tribune’s East metro. At the rival St. Paul Pioneer Press, she was a reporter and assigning editor. She was the editor in charge of coverage of the 2008 Republican National Convention and the recount that landed Al Franken in the U.S. Senate. She has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland and graduated from Davidson College. A former national board member of the Society of Professional Journalists, she is vice president of the Twin Cities Black Journalists. She is married to Tad Reeve, Pioneer Press sports editor, and has three children. She runs marathons and recently completed her first sprint triathlon. Twitter: @mdougreeve



Brad Schrade

Investigative reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Brad Schrade is an investigative reporter at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where he has written about the failure of the Veterans Administration’s national health enrollment system. Previously, he worked at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, where he was part of a team awarded the 2013 Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. The series uncovered a spike in infant deaths caused by safety breakdowns within Minnesota’s daycare system. He was part of the staff at the Tennessean that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news in 2011 for coverage of massive flooding in Nashville. He spent a year at the University of Michigan in the Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship program, and attended the University of Georgia, where he studied history. Twitter: @bradschrade



Joel Stonington

Berlin bureau chief, Vocativ

Joel Stonington is Berlin bureau chief for Vocativ, for which he produces videos, writes features and shoots photos throughout Europe. He also is a reporter for NPR Berlin, producing radio segments about arts and music. During more than a decade in journalism, he has reported on the oldest reclassified murder in New York history, uncovered child labor in North Carolina and revealed the increasing costs of civil rights lawsuits against police in New York City. Previous reporting has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, Bloomberg Businessweek, Der Spiegel and ABC News. Twitter: @jstonington



Fabiola Torres

Investigative reporter, Ojo Publico

Fabiola Torres is an investigative reporter who co-founded and edits for Ojo Publico, an independent, nonprofit newsroom based in Lima, Peru. Under her leadership, the newsroom’s data team conceived Cuentas Juradas, the first data application in Peru that makes records of public officials’ property and financial assets available to citizens. She is cofounder of Hacks/Hackers Lima. Previously she worked for eight years at El Comercio, Peru’s largest newspaper. She graduated with a journalism degree from Peru’s National University of San Marcos in 2003. She participated in investigative journalism workshops at the Institute of the Americas in San Francisco and in the first course of data journalism at the Complutense University in Madrid. Twitter: @fabiolatorres