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30 named Nieman Fellows

CAMBRIDGE -- Thirty US and international journalists have been named to the 70th class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University, university officials said yesterday.

The fellowship, hosted by the Nieman Foundation, gives journalists the chance to study any subject at Harvard. Neiman Foundation curator Bob Giles said the journalists will arrive at the end of August and study through early June. The Nieman Fellowship was established in 1938 and is the oldest midcareer fellowship for journalists in the world.

Some New England recipients in the class of 2006-2007 include: Alicia Anstead, arts and culture reporter, Bangor Daily News, Bangor; Kate Galbraith, freelance correspondent, who has written for The Economist, The New York Times and The Boston Globe; and Melanie Gosling, South Africa, environmental reporter, The Cape Cod Times.

The other US members of the class are: Gaiutra Bahadur, freelance journalist who has written for the Philadelphia Inquirer; Josh Benton, reporter, Dallas Morning News; James Causey, night city editor, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; Christine Gorman, science reporter and Time magazine contributor; Joan Martelli, producer, ABC News in New York; Jenifer McKim, reporter, Orange County Register; Andrew Meldrum, correspondent, The Guardian and Observer; Dean Miller, executive editor, The Post Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho; Mary Newsom, editorial writer, The Charlotte Observer; Olivera Perkins, reporter, The Plain Dealer of Cleveland; Dan Vergano, reporter, USA Today; Stuart Watson, reporter, WCNC-TV, Charlotte, N.C.; and Walter Watson, producer, National Public Radio in Washington.

The international members of the class: Abdul Razzaq al-Saiedi, Iraq, The New York Times, Baghdad bureau; Ran An, China, China Newsweek; Iason Athanasiadis , Greece, a freelance reporter working in Iran; James Baxter, Canada, Edmonton Journal; Ayelet Bechar, Israel, freelance filmmaker; Andres Cavelier, Columbia, El Nuevo Herald, Miami; Aboubakr Jamai, Morocco, former publisher of Le Journal in Casablanca; Siew Ying Leu, Malaysia, South China Morning Post; Raul Penaranda, Bolivia, La Epoca; Andrew Quinn, United Kingdom, Reuters; Fernando Rodrigues, Brazil, Fohla de S. Paulo; Holly Williams, Australia, Sky News Beijing Bureau; Simon Wilson, United Kingdom, editor BBC Middle East Bureau; and Jing Zhao, China, The New Times, Beijing bureau.

Correction: Because of a reporting error by the Associated Press, a story in yesterday's City & Region section about the new class of Nieman Fellows at Harvard University incorrectly stated where environmental reporter Melanie Gosling works. She writes for The Cape Times in South Africa.

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