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Birgit Rieck

Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan
Associate Director
Ann Arbor, MI
I have been with the Knight-Wallace Fellowships at the University of Michigan since 2004. Every year, we invite 12 national and eight international mid-career journalists as Research Fellows to campus for an academic year of individual studies. While collecting a generous stipend, Fellows follow their personal study plans, attend twice-weekly seminars at Wallace House and join us on national and international news tours.
Until 2004, I administered the Livingston Awards for Young Journalists, which presents three $10.000 prizes to journalists under the age of 35 for extraordinary local, national and international reporting. The program also resents the Clurman Award, which honors a mentor in the field of journalism with $5000.
Before coming to Michigan, I lived in London for two years as a management trainee for Intercontinental Hotels Group, received my MA in Cultural Anthropology in Germany, after doing fieldwork in Uganda and Rome, and worked for one of Germany's first private radio stations. I also worked for an American German-language newspaper for a while.