Columbia Journalism School


2015-2016 Knight-Bagehot Fellows in Economics and Business Journalism Are Announced

May 01, 2015

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New York, NY, 1 May, 2015 — Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism announced today ten Knight-Bagehot Fellows in economics and business journalism for the 2015-2016 academic year. They include journalists from the BBC, Bloomberg News, The Economist, Fortune, Indianapolis Business Journal, Los Angeles Times and Washington Post.

The mid-career fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend of $55,000 for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at Columbia's Schools of Business, Law and International and Public Affairs. Fellows also attend special seminars at the Journalism School, led by scholars and business experts during the nine-month program, which begins in August. The program is open to journalists with at least four years’ experience. “These journalists represent the best and brightest in business journalism,” said Terri Thompson, director of the program. “We look forward to welcoming them for a rigorous program of study here at Columbia.”

This year’s fellows are:

Justin Doom, 34, is a reporter covering renewable energy for Bloomberg News. As a student at Arizona State University, he worked on the campus daily for seven semesters. He graduated cum laude in 2002. Following graduation, he was a contributing writer for The Arizona Republic and the Arizona Diamondbacks and wrote a weekly online column for Sports Illustrated. He returned to ASU’s Walter Cronkite School to complete a Master’s degree and work as an adjunct professor teaching courses in editing, reporting and news writing. He first joined Bloomberg as an intern in 2010 and covered finance and later commodities and energy markets.

Kim Gittleson, 28, is a business reporter for BBC News in New York, where she has reported or produced for all of its platforms—radio, television and online—since 2011. She has reported from over 20 US states, the UK, Singapore and elsewhere on economic policy and business trends. In 2008, she graduated cum laude from Harvard University, where she was president of Harvard’s radio station and an editor for the Harvard Crimson. She was a 2008-09 Fulbright Fellow in Iasi, Romania. She has been a contributing producer for WNYC and a contributing blogger for (now ChalkbeatNY) as a data reporter focusing on New York City charter schools.


Tiffany Hsu, 29, covers the California economy for the business section of The Los Angeles Times, writing about labor, employment and trade. Previously, she held the retail, restaurants and alternative energy beats, covering data breaches, food safety recalls, minimum wage protests and solar installations. Her coverage of California small business won a “Best in Business” prize from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2014. She graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2007. Iris Kuo, 29, reports for Argus Media, an international energy wire based in Houston, Texas. Previously, she led green energy investment coverage for the tech news outlet VentureBeat and reported for The Wall Street Journal in Hong Kong. Her work has also appeared in the Houston Chronicle and North Texas Public Radio. Fluent in Chinese, she graduated magna cum laude in 2007 from University of Texas-Dallas where she edited the college newspaper. She previously served as the Asian American Journalists Association's Texas chapter president.

Carolina Mandl, 35, covers the banking industry for Valor Economico, Brazil’s leading business newspaper, where she started in 2002 as a junior reporter covering business and corporate governance. A graduate of Pontificia Universidade Catolica in Sao Paulo and Universidade Federal de Pernambuco’s Center of Applied Social Sciences, she has covered subjects from politics and regional inequality in Brazil to fixed income securities, private equity, fraud and corruption. She attended an  international affairs program at New York University in 2000.

Steven Overly, 26, is a national reporter for The Washington Post. He writes about federal technology and energy policy; previously, he covered the technology, biotechnology and venture capital industries in the Washington metropolitan area. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland, from which he graduated in 2010 with a B.A. in journalism. During college, Steven was editor-in-chief of the daily student newspaper and spent his summers interning at The Daily Record in Baltimore, The Plain Dealer in Cleveland and the St. Petersburg Times in Tampa.

Jeff Roberts, 38, focuses on technology law and policy for Fortune. A Canadian lawyer-turned-journalist, he has contributed to other major newspapers and magazines, including the Globe & Mail, The Economist, The New York Times and Toronto Star. As a staff writer for Reuters, he reported on regulatory and privacy issues; and as a senior reporter for Gigaom and paidContent, he covered media and technology. He earned his law degree from McGill University in 2004 and a Master of Arts from Columbia Journalism School in 2010. He is a member of the Bar in New York and Ontario.

Cory Schouten, 33, is managing editor of Indianapolis Business Journal (IBJ), which he joined as a reporter in 2006. Promoted to his current position in 2013, he manages a staff of 14 reporters and editors and directs news coverage and editorial strategy for print and digital content of IBJ. As a student at Indiana University Bloomington, he interned at Arizona Republic, Indianapolis Star and St. Petersburg Times. Before joining IBJ, he was a reporter for Sarasota Herald-Tribune. The recipient of numerous journalism awards, he serves as vice president of the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.

David Trilling, 37, is Central Asia Correspondent for The Economist, and Central Asia Editor for, a news website covering the former Soviet Union. From Bishkek and Moscow, he manages a team of 20 freelance contributors in countries ranked among the most inhospitable for journalists by press-freedom watchdogs. He graduated from Tufts University in 2000, received a graduate certificate in photojournalism from the International Center of Photography in 2002, and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia in 2008. He has freelanced for Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy and The Guardian. His photographs have appeared in dozens of magazines and newspapers.

Jamila Trindle, 35, joined Foreign Policy Magazine in 2013 as a senior reporter covering the intersection of business and geopolitics. Previously, she was a reporter for The Wall Street Journal, where she wrote about financial regulation and the economy, and a reporter/producer for the Nightly Business Report on PBS. Fluent in Chinese, she has freelanced, mostly from China, for NPR, Marketplace, The Guardian, PBS and Canadian Broadcasting Corp. She graduated magna cum lade from Amherst College in 2002. 

About the Knight-Bagehot Program

Founded in 1975, the fellowships are named for John S. and James L. Knight, brothers who established the Knight Foundation, and Walter Bagehot, the 19th-century British economist and editor of The Economist. They are administered by the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and directed by Terri Thompson, a former associate editor of U.S. News & World Report and former reporter for Business Week. [SL1] Thompson also is a graduate of the program. Funds are provided by an endowment from the Knight Foundation and by grants from foundations and corporations, which have included The New York Times, Thomson Reuters, Bloomberg and Dow Jones & Co.

About the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

For more than a century, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism has been preparing journalists in a program that stresses academic rigor, ethics, journalistic inquiry, and professional practice.   Founded with a gift from Joseph Pulitzer in 1903, the school offers master of science, masters of arts, and doctor of philosophy degrees. For more on the Graduate School of Journalism, visit

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