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Kathleen Graham appointed executive director for AFPF
Kathleen Graham, past executive director of the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) in Washington , D.C., has been appointed as the new executive director of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships.
Graham, who takes over from Susan Albrecht, is an 18-year non-profit veteran. As former executive director of RTDNF, she effectively anchored the organization's programs that involved offering professional training opportunities for journalists, scholarships for students, an international journalist exchange program and support of First Amendment issues. RTDNF is the educational arm of The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA), the world's largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession.
Jonathan Friendly, chairman of the Alfred and Jean Friendly Foundation Board and son of the late Pulitzer Prize-winning Alfred Friendly of the Washington Post said, "Kathleen Graham has seen the revolution in journalism in the developed world. She's the right person to guide our program as it prepares ambitious newsrooms in developing countries to take advantage of the new technologies and practices while building the core ethical values of the profession my father loved."
"Kathleen Graham brings a distinguished background in administration, fundraising and journalism programming. But Kathleen's most impressive quality is her vision for the future. We believe our fellows, funders and friends will be energized by her presence," said Randall D. Smith, president of the Alfred Friendly Press Fellowships.
On her part, Graham said: “AFPF is a distinguished organization with a strong commitment to international journalism excellence. I am honored to work with the fellows, host newsrooms, board members, staff, funders and members of the journalism and international community. I look forward to growing the organization, creating new partnerships and advancing the critical mission of AFPF to meet the changing needs of today’s electronic newsrooms.”
She added that: “I’ve dedicated my career to promoting press freedom, creating ethical coverage standards for newsrooms and producing professional development programs for journalists.”
AFPF is a cultural and professional international journalism exchange program serving 279 developing world journalists in 78 countries over the past 29 years. Since 2002, AFPF has worked with the Daniel Pearl Foundation to provide journalism exchange fellowships to honor journalist Daniel Pearl –the Wall Street Journal South Asia bureau chief who was kidnapped and murdered in Pakistan.
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