The 2018-19 fellowship recipients are:
Susannah Breslin, a journalist and editor with more than two decades of experience. Her investigative reporting, personal essays and cultural criticism have appeared in The Atlantic, Slate, Salon, The Daily Beast, Newsweek and The Guardian. Breslin has also worked in television and digital media, including as a producer for FX and as digital outreach manager for Conan O’Brien’s TBS late-night show. She is an alumnus of the UC Berkeley English Department and has a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Program for Writers. In 2015, Breslin was a fellow at the Carey Institute for Global Good Logan Nonfiction Program. She has been selected to receive the IRP’s Lawrence Grauman, Jr. Fellowship.
Débora Souza Silva, a documentary filmmaker whose work examines systemic racism and inequality. She started her career as an on-air television reporter and producer in Brazil, her home country. In 2014, Silva graduated with a master’s degree in journalism from UC Berkeley. She has since collaborated with news outlets like PBS, Reveal News, KQED, AJ+, Fusion, OZY, and BBC Brazil. In 2015, Silva served as an associate producer for the Emmy-nominated IRP documentary “Rape on the Night Shift.” In 2016, she traveled to Colombia as an International Women Media Foundation fellow to cover stories about the country’s five-decade war and peace negotiations. Later that year, Silva was awarded a fellowship with the Center for Investigative Reporting, where she produced a series of short documentaries about immigration and social justice.
Elizaveta Osetinskaya, an award-winning investigative reporter and editor with more than 20 years of experience in Russian newsrooms. Osentinskaya was chief editor of RBC Media Holding, Russia’s leading, privately owned media company. She and two other senior editors were fired weeks after RBC became the only major Russian news outlet to investigate President Vladimir Putin’s family members’ business ties. She also served as editor-in-chief of Forbes Russia. Early in her career, she joined Vedomosti, which began as a joint venture between the Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal. She started as a correspondent, then became the energy and industry editor, and ultimately editor-in-chief. Before coming to Berkeley, she was a fellow in the John S. Knight Journalism Fellowships Program at Stanford University. In 2017, Osetinskaya launched The Bell, an independent email newsletter covering Russian business and political stories.