2020 Fellowship Recipients Announced

April 16th, 2020

Two Boston University graduate students will pursue separate, in-depth investigations related to mental health through fellowships announced this week from the Pulitzer Center. Sofie Isenberg, a first-year graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in journalism at the College of Communication, will drive across the United States to document the psychological... More

Guyana’s Mental Health Care Shortage

December 6th, 2017

By Madeline Bishop, Student Fellow At 10 a.m. on June 22, 2017, the Georgetown Public Hospital Psychiatric Ward was bustling. Inside, people waited on wooden benches lined up like church pews, fanning themselves from the heavy air and stifling violent, gurgling coughs. Every now and then, the clerical staff called out... More

Did Zika Impact Sex Education in El Salvador?

November 28th, 2017

By Lauryn Classen, Student Fellow In 2015, Zika was dominating international headlines. While the virus had been discovered in 1947, its ties to microcephaly and severe birth defects were new and raised concerns around the globe. El Salvador reported its first case in March 2015, and the Center for Disease Control... More

2017 Student Fellows Washington Weekend

November 8th, 2017

On October 20 and 21, 2017, our 35 Pulitzer Center student fellows traveled to Washington, D.C., to present under-reported issues from 27 countries across the globe. Their stories covered some of today’s most challenging topics, from the lasting impact of the Zika virus on Brazilian families to the lack of... More

Note from the Field: Using Self-Care to Restore Compassion

September 14th, 2017

By Madeline Bishop, PHP Fellow Compassion is an emotional reaction to the suffering of others combined with a desire to relieve that suffering. It can be uncomfortable. Sometimes it even hurts. And as humans, our complex self-defense mechanisms are designed to dull the kinds of pain that come from bearing witness... More

Aid in Africa

July 14th, 2017

By Kasha Patel Combining her interests of science and writing, Kasha Patel travels to Kenya with the Pamoja Together program to write about the impact of foreign aid for Kenyan healthcare workers and finds some commonalities between her hometown community in Fairmont, West Virginia and the community in Ting Wangi, Kenya. Related... More

Graduate student from Concord travels to Kenya

July 14th, 2017

by Kimberly A. Hooper from Wicked Local reported what made Concord resident and Boston University student Wiley’s trip to Kenya so great. Wiley focused her time in Kenya researching and reporting on malaria rates in pregnant women. In Wiley’s story, she covered the severity of maternal malaria, how to prevent... More

Facing Global Public Health Head On

July 14th, 2017

by Jennifer Beard, Anne Donohue, Elizabeth Mehren and Monica Onyango Late in 2010, Boston University joined with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, which coincided with the launch at BU of a collaborative effort between the College of Communication and the Center for Global Health and Development. Their purpose was to... More

Marty Walsh’s Childhood Cancer: Curable Here, Not So Easy In Africa

July 14th, 2017

by Elizabeth Mehren Just about everyone in town knows by now that Marty Walsh is the son of Irish immigrants, a former labor organizer, a recovering alcoholic and a man who is happily unmarried to “the love of my life.” But it’s possible that few outside a rather eccentric quartet of... More