• Back row left to right: Kathleen Boisvert; Philip J. Hilts, director; Dianne Finch; Sharon Weinberger; Molly Seamans; Marcin Rotkiewicz; Teresa Firmino; Karen Weintraub; Kimani Chege; Rachel Zimmerman
Front row left to right: Jonathan Fildes; Sascha Karberg; Alex Otto; Sabin Russell

    Back row left to right: Kathleen Boisvert; Philip J. Hilts, director; Dianne Finch; Sharon Weinberger; Molly Seamans; Marcin Rotkiewicz; Teresa Firmino; Karen Weintraub; Kimani Chege; Rachel Zimmerman Front row left to right: Jonathan Fildes; Sascha Karberg; Alex Otto; Sabin Russell

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11 new Knight journalism fellows arrive at MIT

Back row left to right: Kathleen Boisvert; Philip J. Hilts, director; Dianne Finch; Sharon Weinberger; Molly Seamans; Marcin Rotkiewicz; Teresa Firmino; Karen Weintraub; Kimani Chege; Rachel Zimmerman
Front row left to right: Jonathan Fildes; Sascha Karberg; Alex Otto; Sabin Russell


Eleven science journalists from five countries, plus the United States, have begun exploring the classrooms and laboratories of MIT as part of the 26th year of the Knight Science Journalism Fellowships.

The new fellows include:

• Kimani Chege, editor of TechNews Africa, a monthly that covers science and technology -- mainly in Kenya -- for the business, technology and science communities. He also contributes frequently to Science Development Network, a web-based publication focusing on technical subjects relevant to developing countries around the world;
• Jonathan Fildes, who covers science and technology for BBC News. Based in London, he is a multiplatform journalist, using the web, radio and television;
• Dianne Finch, health care and science reporter for New Hampshire Public Radio, based in Concord, N.H.;
• Teresa Firmino, who covered science and technology for Portugal's leading quality newspaper, Público, for more than 15 years;
• Sascha Karberg, a freelance reporter who writes about the life sciences for major German newspapers and magazines;
• Alexander Otto, a staff medical reporter for the Tacoma News Tribune in Tacoma, Wash.;
• Marcin Rotkiewicz, who covers science for Polityka, the most influential newsweekly in Poland;
• Sabin Russell, a medical writer at The San Francisco Chronicle, where he has worked since 1986;
• Sharon Weinberger, a freelance reporter who specializes in military science and technology, including related national security policy;
• Karen Weintraub, the deputy health and science editor of The Boston Globe, managing three reporters and overseeing the weekly section;
• and Rachel Zimmerman, who covers health and medicine for The Wall Street Journal, where she has worked since 1998.
 
The MIT community is invited to meet the new Knights at a reception today from 4:30-6 p.m. in the Faculty Club. The event is sponsored by Technology Review magazine, the MIT News Office and the Knight Fellowships.

Knight fellowships are funded chiefly by an endowment from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more information about the fellows, visit http://web.mit.edu/knight-science.

A version of this article appeared in MIT Tech Talk on September 17, 2008 (download PDF).


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