Aug 18, 2022

Axios Announces Inaugural Class of Newsroom Fellows

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For immediate release: August 18, 2022

Axios Announces Inaugural Class of Newsroom Fellows

Journalists selected to join Axios newsroom for yearlong program

1 big thing: Axios today announces the first cohort of journalists selected for the inaugural Axios Fellowship Program, a yearlong paid position for journalists from underrepresented communities.

  • Ayurella Horn-Muller, Han “Harry” Chen, Keldy Ortiz and Sabrina Moreno were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to join the program.
  • Beginning in September, they will embed in the Axios newsroom to develop skills in specialized beat reporting alongside Axios reporters and editors.
  • The Axios Fellowship Program is funded in part by sales of Axios’ forthcoming book, “Smart Brevity: The Power of Saying More with Less.”

Why it matters: Specialized beat reporting is among the least diverse areas of the news industry. The Axios Fellowship Program aims to equip the next generation of diverse voices with vital skills and experience to further their careers in beat reporting.

  • “This cohort has already demonstrated outstanding promise in the news industry,” said Axios Editor-in-Chief Sara Kehaulani Goo. “We are thrilled to work alongside these exceptional journalists in the coming year and help them get to the next level in their careers. We look forward to the unique perspectives they’ll add to our work.”

Get to know the fellows:

  • Han “Harry” Chen will join the Axios world news team. Chen joins from Radio Free Asia, where he did extensive broadcast work including in-depth coverage of the Chinese democracy movement and China's influence abroad. He also worked with Voice of America and had work featured in The Diplomat. He is a graduate of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, where he was a Bloomberg Scholar in 2016.
  • Ayurella Horn-Muller will join the Axios climate and energy team. She is an award-winning journalist who has worked as a correspondent at Climate Central and associate producer at WPLG, with bylines at The Guardian, NPR, Grist, NBC and more. She has participated in a number of science and climate-focused reporting fellowships, and her forthcoming nonfiction book, “Savior of the South”, will be published in 2023. She is a graduate of Florida State University and the University of Gothenburg. 
  • Sabrina Moreno will join the Axios health care team. She joins from the Richmond Times-Dispatch, where she covered COVID-19 and its impact on communities. She was named Virginia’s Outstanding Young Journalist of the Year by the Virginia Press Association for her pandemic coverage, which also prompted civil rights investigations. Sabrina is a graduate of James Madison University.
  • Keldy Ortiz will cover race and justice. He most recently was a general assignment reporter at Newsday, and held previous roles at NorthJersey.com, The Record and New York Daily News. Ortiz also served as an assistant adjunct professor at Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, where he received his Master’s Degree in Journalism. Ortiz is an active member of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists.

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