Globe reporter David Abel wins Nieman Fellowship

Boston Globe environmental reporter David Abel is one of 24 journalists from around the world who have won fellowships at the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, the foundation announced today.

“This is an outstanding group of journalists poised to have a growing influence on their news organizations and on journalism more broadly. They represent a wide range of interests and backgrounds but share an intense commitment to using their year at Harvard to gain new knowledge, strengthen their work and enhance the prospects for journalism overall,” Ann Marie Lipinski, curator for the foundation, said today in a statement.

The fellows are given a year of study at Harvard, which will be broken up into classwork and the pursuit of specific areas that interest them.

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The statement reported that Abel’s focus will be on the evolution of new media, the impact of rising income inequality on the social fabric, and the science and potential effects of climate change.

Others receiving fellowships include Chris Arnold, a national correspondent for National Public Radio; Alexandra Garcia, a video journalist at the Washington Post; Jane Spencer, the international editor for Newsweek and The Daily Beast; and Katrin Bennhold, a reporter for the International Herald Tribune.

It will be the 75th class of Nieman Fellows. The program, which began in 1938, has hosted more than 1,300 journalists from 92 countries.