Hear From Our Past Fellows

John Huey The Shorenstein Fellowship provided one of the most rewarding experiences of my entire 40-plus years in journalism. The project I tackled with two other colleagues proved to be incredibly stimulating both professionally and personally. The collegial atmosphere and quality of thought at the whole Kennedy School can’t be beaten. Shorenstein is a wonderful program at any stage of your career. And as a bonus, I must add that my spouse loved the access to Cambridge and the resources of Harvard.

John Huey, former editor-in-chief, Time Inc.
Fellow, Spring 2013
Paper: Riptide: What Really Happened to the News Business

Nazila Fathi I began writing my book, The Lonely War, One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran, during my fellowship at the Shorenstein Center—an amazing four-month experience that inspired me to continue and complete the book.

Nazila Fathi, former New York Times reporter
Fellow, Spring 2012
Paper: Dispatches From an Unfinished Uprising: The Role of Technology in the 2009 Iranian Protest Movement.
Book: The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran

Tara McKelvey Writing about the media in an academic setting forced me – in a good way – to examine history and literature when I was researching my paper. I also went to the library. These experiences improved my Shorenstein project – and made me a better writer. (The thing I remember most, though, is the time I spent laughing and joking with professors in the hallway at the Shorenstein Center. I was surprised that Harvard could be so much fun.)

Tara McKelvey, BBC News
Fellow, Fall 2012
Paper: Media Coverage of the Drone Program

Alexis Gelber I loved my experience at the Shorenstein Center. It was a thrill to be part of the stimulating and supportive community of Shorenstein faculty, staff, and fellow fellows. This was fellowship in the best and fullest sense of the word. I particularly enjoyed exploring the resources at Harvard relevant to my research project, on the intersection of politics and technology…I emerged from my fellowship with new interests, friends, and contacts–and a continuing association with the Shorenstein Center.

Alexis Gelber, adjunct professor, Arthur L. Carter Journalism Institute
Fellow, Spring 2011
Paper: Digital Divas: Women, Politics and the Social Network

Renee Loth My time as a Shorenstein fellow was an intellectual feast: a rich buffet of conversation, provocation, and new ways of thinking about my own and other areas of inquiry. The collegial fellows, supportive staff, and vast resources of Harvard (including a brilliant, life-saving graduate assistant!) made my too-brief time there a joy as well as a privilege.

Renée Loth, The Boston Globe
Fellow, Fall 2011
Paper: What’s Black and White and Re-Tweeted All Over? Teaching news literacy in a digital age

Dietram A. Scheufele The Fellowship is an amazing opportunity, especially for academics, to connect with other scholars and prominent media professionals in the Shorenstein Center, but also the vibrant intellectual community at Harvard more broadly. My days were filled chatting with other fellows about the future of media, attending absolutely fascinating talks by policy makers, scholars, and journalists, and developing new research ideas in countless meetings with staff and faculty in the Center. And even at the end of my visit I still wasn’t used to being able to just head over to Paine Hall in the evening to listen to Alfred Brendel playing Chopin.

Dietram Scheufele, Professor, University of Wisconsin — Madison
Fellow, Fall 2010
Paper: Modern Citizenship or Policy Dead End? Evaluating the Need for Public Participation in Science Policy Making, and Why Public Meetings May Not Be the Answer

Maralee Schwartz My fellowship became home, work, friendship. Shorenstein created for me a wonderful and stimulating comfort zone where I thrived and stretched myself intellectually—and had fun. And it’s HARVARD!

Maralee Schwartz, former national political editor for the Washington Post
Fellow, Spring 2009
Paper: Getting It for Free: When Foundations Provide the News on Health

Dan Okrent My semester as a Shorenstein Fellow was immeasurably rewarding – intellectually, professionally, and personally. Those four months were an induplicable gift.

Daniel Okrent, author, journalist, and consultant, Time. Inc.
Fellow, Spring 2006
Book: Public Editor #1: The Collected Columns (with Reflections, Reconsiderations, and Even a Few Retractions) of the First Ombudsman of The New York Times.

William Powers At Shorenstein, I was able to step outside the news cycle and investigate a big question about the digital revolution that nobody seemed to be asking. My research turned into a New York Times bestseller and a completely unexpected career shift. The fellowship was life-changing in all the best ways.

William Powers, MIT Media Lab
Fellow, Fall 2006
Paper: Hamlet’s Blackberry. Why Paper Is Eternal
Book: Hamlet’s Blackberry: Building a Good Life in the Digital Age

David Rohde The Shorenstein Center provided a rare opportunity to step away from deadlines, delve deeply into issues, and interact with thoughtful faculty, staff and students. It expended my thinking and my journalism.

David Rohde, investigative reporter, Reuters
Fellow, Spring 2005
Paper: “All Successful Democracies Need Freedom of Speech”: American Efforts to Create a Vibrant Free Press in Iraq and Afghanistan

Michael Tomasky A semester at Shorenstein connects a journalist with so many things – a superb staff and faculty, first of all; new friendships with other fellows, all doing fascinating work; a stimulating series of speakers and events; time to think about the challenges facing our profession; and great people to discuss them with…it was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.

Michael Tomasky, editor, Democracy: A Journal of Ideas and correspondent, The Daily Beast
Fellow, Spring 2003
Paper: Whispers and Screams: The Partisan Nature of Editorial Pages.

shai-04-01-14-tiny Four months at the Shorenstein Center gave me a chance to research an issue that is close to my heart. It was an opportunity to go back to the days of the University and learn from the Center and Kennedy School faculty on a variety of topics. It was an adventurous time.

Nachman Shai, Knesset member, former chief spokesperson, Israel Defense Forces
Fellow, Fall 1996
Paper: The Spokesperson — In the Crossfire: A Decade of Israeli Defense Crises from an Official Spokesperson’s Perspective.

HolliSemetko Stimulating discussions, fascinating speakers, and colleagues who remain friends to this day – all this comes to mind when I recall my time as a Fellow at the Shorenstein Center.

Holli A. Semetko, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Professor of Political Science, Emory University
Fellow, Spring 1994

Erna Smith I have no doubt that it was my Shorenstein Fellowship that helped me get tenure. It was the most demanding and rewarding intellectual experience of my life.

Erna Smith, Professor of Professional Practice, USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Fellow, Fall 1992
Paper: Transmitting Race: The Los Angeles Riot in Television News