Harvard's Nieman Foundation announces Class of '12

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CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) -- The Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard has announced its 24-member class of 2012, which includes journalists who have worked in some of the most dangerous places in the world.

The 74th class of Nieman Fellows includes writers and editors who work for newspapers, magazines, radio, television and online news organizations.

Nieman Foundation curator Bob Giles says the new class has an extraordinarily wide range of experience and holds great promise for leadership and advancing serious journalism in difficult times. Former Chicago Tribune editor Ann Marie Lipinski is taking over for the retiring Giles.

Established in 1938, the Nieman Foundation administers the oldest midcareer fellowship program for journalists in the world. Nieman fellows come to Harvard for a year of study, seminars and special events.

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U.S. Fellows:

Jonathan Blakley, foreign desk producer, NPR.

Tyler Bridges, author and freelance journalist, Lima, Peru.

James Geary, editor of Ode magazine and a freelance journalist based in London.

Anna Griffin, metro columnist, The Oregonian.

Maggie Jones, contributing writer for The New York Times Magazine based in Newton, Mass.

David Joyner, vice president for content, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc. in Birmingham, Ala.

Dina Kraft, freelance journalist based in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Kristen Lombardi, staff writer at the Center for Public Integrity.

Megan O'Grady, literary critic for Vogue.

Raquel Rutledge, investigative reporter, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Adam Tanner, Balkans bureau chief for Thomson Reuters.

Jeff Young, senior correspondent with PRI's "Living on Earth," based in Arlington, Mass.

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International Nieman Fellows:

Claudia Mendez Arriaza (Guatemala), editor and staff writer for El Periodico.

Carlotta Gall (United Kingdom), senior reporter for Afghanistan/Pakistan, The New York Times.

Carlos Eduardo Huertas (Colombia), investigations editor, Revista Semana.

Fred Khumalo (South Africa), "Review" editor, Sunday Times.

Wu Nan (China), a Beijing-based reporter.

John Nery, (Philippines), senior editor and columnist, Philippine Daily Inquirer.

Samiha Shafy (Switzerland), science reporter, Der Spiegel.

Pir Zubair Shah (Pakistan), reporter, The New York Times.

David Skok (Canada), managing editor, globalnews.ca.

Akiko Sugaya (Japan), a freelance journalist based in Boston.

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Samuel Loewenberg (United States), a freelance journalist based in Los Angeles.

Rema Nagarajan (India) assistant editor, The Times of India.