Sam Kimball, an M.A. student studying Arabic/French languages & politics in the Middle East at the Gallatin School of Individualized Study at New York University, won an Overseas Press Club (OPC) Foundation Fellowship. The $3,000 grant he was awarded will fund an internship in the Beirut bureau of The Associated Press later this year. He received the award at the Foundation’s 2014 Annual Scholarship Luncheon held at the Yale Club in New York City. Acclaimed foreign correspondent Kimberley Dozier, now an intelligence writer for The Associated Press, was the keynote speaker.
Kimball was among 14 aspiring foreign correspondents selected by a panel of leading journalists from a pool of 175 applicants from 65 different colleges and universities. A graduate of City College of New York, he wrote about the plight of Syrian refugees caught in the political maelstrom in Cairo and what that could mean for the political trajectory of Egypt.
Kimball was the recipient of the Stan Swinton Fellowship, named for the legendary AP foreign correspondent. He received from the award from Stan’s widow, Helen Swinton.
The award winners were also honored with a reception at Reuters the night before the luncheon, hosted by Reuters’ president and editor-in-chief Stephen Adler, and they met with foreign editors of The Associated Press at AP headquarters in New York City. They also met privately with Dozier and with the executive editor of GlobalPost in a special breakfast held the morning of the awards presentation.
The OPC Foundation is the nation’s largest and most visible scholarship program encouraging aspiring journalists to pursue careers as foreign correspondents. Media organizations at the luncheon included AP, Bloomberg, CBS News, Financial Times, GlobalPost, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.
For more information, visit the OPC Foundation and its scholarship program.