Max de Haldevang (MARS-REERS '16), was awarded a Reuters Fellowship from the Overseas Press Club Foundation at the Foundation’s 2015 Annual Scholar Awards Luncheon held at the Yale Club in New York City. Acclaimed foreign correspondent, author and filmmaker Sebastian Junger was the keynote speaker. de Haldevang was among 15 aspiring foreign correspondents selected by a panel of leading journalists from a pool of 175 applicants from 50 different colleges and universities.
The recipient of the Reuters fellowship, de Haldevang is going to the Reuters bureau in Mexico City. His winning essay was about how the government of Kyrgyzstan does not recognize the existence of novostroikas and thus denies basic services and resident status to desperate villagers. He is fluent in Russian, Spanish and French. de Haldevang received the award from the Pulitzer-Prize winning David Rohde, now of Reuters.
The award winners were also honored with a reception at Reuters the night before the luncheon, hosted by Reuters’ editor-in-chief Stephen Adler. On Saturday they received risk management and situational awareness training from Global Journalist Security at The Associated Press headquarters in New York City. They also met privately with editors from BuzzFeed and the New York Times 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, GlobalPost/GroundTruth Project, IBT Media, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.
For more information on the OPC Foundation and its scholarship program, see http://www.overseaspressclubfoundation.org/.
Press release and photos courtesey of the OPC Foundation.
de Haldevang with David Rohde. (Above: de Haldevang addresses the audience as he accepted the Overseas Press Club Foundation award at the Yale Club in New York City.)