NPR News names three Joan Kroc Fellows


NPR will welcome three journalism scholars from Mills College, Hamline University and Swarthmore College this fall as the 2010-2011 Joan B. Kroc Fellows.

Now in its sixth year, the Kroc Fellowship identifies and trains the next generation of public radio journalists, selecting three to participate in an intensive, year-long program at NPR and Member stations.

This year’s Fellows were chosen from more than 250 applicants, coming from 150 colleges and universities in seven countries, 39 states and the District of Columbia. They are:

Sarah Gonzalez of San Diego, CA. Gonzalez is a graduate of Mills College in Oakland, and currently produces Morning Edition on KPBS in San Diego. While a reporting fellow with KALW in San Francisco, Gonzalez documented the root causes and community solutions to violence in Oakland. Her work has been honored with Edward R. Murrow and Gracie awards.

Serri Graslie of Rapid City, SD. Graslie is a graduate of Hamline University in St. Paul, where she studied anthropology and was editor-in-chief of the school’s newspaper. She also played cello in the orchestra. Graslie interned with the website Whats Up Buenos Aires while living abroad and studying Spanish; in 2008, she was a presidential election tally stringer for the Associated Press.

Hansi Wang of Glen Mills, PA. As a student at Swarthmore College, he developed, reported and produced War News Radio, an entirely student-run program covering the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Wang also founded Chinatown Youth Radio Philadelphia, teaching radio to students out of a makeshift studio. He is a native Chinese speaker, and worked as a refugee housing coordinator in Philadelphia.

The Kroc Fellowship is made possible through a 2003 bequest from Joan B. Kroc, the philanthropist and widow of McDonald’s Corporation founder Ray A. Kroc. Each Kroc Fellow works alongside NPR News reporters, producers and editors to gain experience reporting, producing and editing, as well as digital news and multimedia production. Additionally, the Fellows spend time at NPR Member stations to explore journalism at the local level.