Hooray! This morning my passport and visa for travel to the Republic of Zambia was FedEx'd from Washington DC. The International Reporting Project at the School of Advanced International Studies of the Johns Hopkins University has selected me as one of ten international media fellows to report on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria in Zambia. The three week trip will happen in July and include stops in Germany and Ethiopia.
IRP notified me about a week before the GLAAD Award announcement but the official news release was about two weeks ago. Very excited and very grateful to be recognized by such a prestigious international fellowship and institution. I'll be reporting for various outlets and R20 from Zambia. I'm also pleased that my recent report on Zambia for The Atlantic went viral and encouraged more HIV/AIDS reporting from Zambia.
This would be my second international fellowship and third trip to the continent in the past 18 months. The first fellowship was a December 2011 trip to the high-level International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa in Addis Ababa sponsored by the Ethiopian government. I'm also scheduled to head overseas later this year on other projects. It's fantastic that IRP/SAIS has supported my work and other independent journalists. Thanks so much to everyone over the years who encouraged and supported me after leaving ABC News to become my own boss! #PraiseDance