Congratulations to Afşin Yurdakul (‘09JS), anchor and correspondent for Habertürk News Network, who has been named the first Robert L. Long Nieman Fellow. It is the first fellowship to be created at the Nieman Foundation at Harvard University in partnership with Turkish Philanthropy Funds to support the work of exceptional Turkish journalists. The program honors the memory of journalist and news executive Robert L Long, and was established by his widow Joan Rebecca Siregar-Long.
At Harvard, Afşin will study the humanitarian crisis in Syria. She currently hosts daily news and weekly current affairs shows, and was previously the network's chief foreign editor. Before joining Habertürk, Afşin wrote about Turkey and the Middle East for a variety of publications including Foreign Policy and the New Republic. She has moderated debates at international conferences; the most recent one was at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland. She holds an M.S. from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.