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Global Journalists Come To Experience U.S. Newsrooms

Since 1983 Alfred Friendly Press has offered fellowships to journalists from developing countries and emerging markets to spend six months working at U.S. host news organizations.  Up to Date's Steve Kraske talks with three Fellows who remind us that freedom of the press is not a right to be taken for granted. 



  • Mercy Adhiambo from Nairobi, Kenya, now writes a column for The Oklahoman in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
  • Olena Goncharova​ from Kyiv, Ukraine, is with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Gökçe Aytulu from Istanbul, Turkey, has a fellowship with The Kansas City Star. 
When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.