BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry Madowo, has been announced as one of ten 2019-2020 Knight-Bagehot Fellowship in Business and Economics fellows at the Columbia Journalism School. It’s a tremendous achievement for the 31-year-old, as he joins the mid-career Bagehot journalism elite drawn from top media publications, with works published in global sites that include Bloomberg, MarketWatch, Quartz, Politico, Mother Jones, BBC, Africa Report, The Washington Post and Reuters.
“These Fellows reflect what was one of the most globally competitive and diverse applicant pools the Bagehot program has seen in its 44 years,” said Raju Narisetti, professor of professional practice and director of the program. “When they graduate in 2020 with a much deeper understanding of business, economics, technology and public policy, they will join 400 other Knight Bagehot alums living up to the mission of providing better context and understanding to their audiences globally.”
The mid-career journalism fellowships provide full tuition and a living stipend of $60,000 for experienced journalists to take graduate courses at Columbia University, primarily at Columbia’s Schools of Business and Journalism. Fellows also attend special seminars at the Journalism School, led by seasoned journalists, media business executives and a broad range of tech, finance and economics experts during the nine-month program, which begins in August.
In his current role as BBC Africa Business Editor, Larry set up and leads a unit of nearly 30 journalists spread across Africa and at the BBC’s headquarters in London, covering Africa’s business, tech and innovation in English, French and Kiswahili. He has also been a contributing columnist for The Washington Post’s Global Opinions page and written for both CNN.com and Forbes Africa.
In 2018, Madowo was named one of the 100 Most Influential Africans by the NewAfrican magazine. He has previously hosted his own television and radio programs on KTN, NTV and Nation FM, and also reported from 40 countries, and has some 3.5 million followers on social media.
Other Bagehot fellows include:
Jillian Berman, 29, a reporter at MarketWatch, covering student debt and higher education. Her reporting on America’s $1.5 trillion student loan problem has been recognized as a Gerald Loeb awards finalist and as a winner of the Education Writers Association’s National Awards for Education Reporting. María Eloísa Capurro, 34, is an economics journalist at the Búsqueda newspaper in Uruguay, and is also a freelance correspondent there for Reuters.
Katie Jennings, 30, is a health care reporter for Politico Europe, based in Brussels, where she covers EU pharmaceutical regulation and public health issues. Previously, she worked with a team from Columbia University School of Journalism on a year-long Los Angeles Times investigation on the gap between Exxon Mobil’s public position and internal planning on climate change.
Akiko Matsuda, 53, is a real estate reporter for The Journal News/lohud, part of USA Today Network, based in White Plains, New York, where she covers the business of real estate and development. She was a gold award recipient in the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism competition and was an international reporting fellow at Columbia University School of Journalism.
Eshe Nelson, 27, an economics and markets reporter at Quartz, based in London, where she has covered Brexit, the euro-zone economy, global financial markets, and international trade.
Oheneba Ama Nti Osei, 31, the production editor for the pan-African news organization The Africa Report, based in Paris. In 2018, she was named one of the 100 Most Influential People of African Descent under 40, as part of the United Nations International Decade for People of African Descent, being observed from 2015 to 2024.
Andrew Rosati, 31, is the Bloomberg News economics and government reporter in Venezuela, where he’s covered the slide of an oil-rich nation into humanitarian catastrophe.
Hamza Shaban, 32, is a technology and business reporter for The Washington Post, covering national and breaking news. Before joining the Post in 2017, he worked at BuzzFeed, where he covered technology policy from the Washington, D.C. bureau.
According to a statement to the Press from Columbia, the 10 Fellows were selected from applicants from 26 countries and represent all the major business journalism avenues from small newspapers and magazines to global newswires and television.
The 2019-20 Fellows were chosen by the faculty of the Columbia Journalism School with help from a Selection Advisory Committee of senior media executives from organizations such as CNN, ProPublica and The New York Times.
The Knight-Bagehot Fellowship was founded in 1975, 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. This year, the 44th Anniversary Celebration of the Knight Bagehot Fellowships, which is the principle source of fundraising for the program, will be on October 16 in New York.