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Cronkite Welcomes 10th Class of Humphrey Fellows

September 12, 2019


Cronkite Humphrey Fellowship Program

A cohort of mid-career professionals from around the globe is at the Cronkite School to study journalism as part of the Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship Program.


A photographer from Myanmar whose work has appeared in Time magazine and CNN-affiliated journalists from Croatia and the Philippines are among the 11 Hubert H. Humphrey Fellows studying this year at Arizona State University.

The journalists and communicators from around the globe are part of the 10th cohort of Humphrey Fellows at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Over the past decade, the Cronkite School has welcomed 102 fellows from 58 countries.

Each year, the program, operated in partnership with the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education, brings accomplished mid-career professionals from designated countries to the U.S. for an intensive 10-month academic study and professional experience.

The Cronkite School is the only institution in the nation to host Humphrey Fellows in journalism.

“The impact of the Humphrey program at the Cronkite School and Arizona State University has been nothing short of spectacular over our first decade,” said Assistant Dean B. William Silcock, director of Cronkite Global Initiatives and curator of the Humphrey program. “Students, faculty, staff and local citizens all have benefitted from building global ties with each of these unique fellows.”

Humphrey Fellows at ASU live in downtown Phoenix, participate in academic study, develop professional affiliations and friendships, receive mentoring from Cronkite faculty and experience a rich cultural immersion into American life.

Former Humphrey Fellow Hina Ali said she learned lasting skills during her time at the Cronkite School in 2013-2014.

“The fellowship allowed me to be a better listener, a better writer and to be a better leader,” she said. “But perhaps the most valuable skill I learned during the Humphrey year was self-confidence. Living in America allowed me to embrace all those qualities.”

This year’s Humphrey Fellows form a diverse group with deep professional backgrounds. They come to ASU from China, Croatia, Cuba, Egypt, Haiti, Montenegro, Myanmar, Pakistan, the Philippines, Uganda and Vietnam.

The Humphrey Fellowship Program, named in honor of the late vice president, began in 1978 to provide professional enrichment and non-degree studies at selected American universities for experienced professionals from around the world. Candidates in this Fulbright exchange are chosen for their leadership potential and commitment to public service.

2018-2019 Humphrey Fellows in Journalism:

Mona Abdel-Moneim Aly, Egypt
Radovan Bogojevic, Montenegro
Chentao Cui, China
Pierre Negaud Dupenor, Haiti
Camille Kristina Elemia, Philippines
Mónica Rivero Cabrera, Cuba
Deusdedit Ruhangariyo, Uganda
Noreen Shams, Pakistan
Aung Naing Soe, Myanmar
Ha Thi Thu Tran, Vietnam
Nera Valentić, Croatia