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The John Alexander Project is created in the spirit of John Alexander, an incredibly talented young journalist who inspired those lucky enough to cross his path.

John was in Chongqing, China, on assignment for Koppel On Discovery when he died of sudden heart failure in December 2007 at 26. Prior to Discovery, John worked for ABC News Nightline and NPR.

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John's Work

» Excerpt: "Breaking Point," 2007

About John

We’d like to introduce you to John—lifting liberally from a bio he wrote for the Discovery website.

John always had trouble sitting still. “I was a pretty rambunctious kid, always on the move. My preschool teacher once told my parents that I rode my tricycle on two wheels.”

Luckily, he was deftly able to channel what his grade school teachers called hyperactivity into a passion for the fast-paced world of broadcast journalism. That passion was ignited during an internship at ABC News Nightline, following his sophomore year at the University of Michigan. "I remember Tom Bettag telling me, 'Journalism can't be taught, it can only be caught.' —I sure caught it that summer.”

John honed his journalism skills in the newsroom of Michigan Radio, where he came to appreciate the use of language and sound to paint vivid pictures. He later spent a year abroad, first studying at the London School of Economics while “enjoying the theater that is the British parliamentary system” as an intern for the BBC's political unit, and later in Geneva, Switzerland, where he studied international affairs. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he served as an editorial assistant for NPR's Morning Edition before returning to ABC News to work under Tom Bettag, then executive producer of ABC News Nightline and This Week With George Stephanopoulos.

John grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and attended St. Xavier High School. He was an avid motorsports enthusiast. "The excitement, the strategy, the teamwork and the sheer unpredictability of making television—it's exhilarating and, in many respects, not unlike driving a race car."

 
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3/13/2017
Stephanie Joyce airs a piece on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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10/6/2016
Stephanie Joyce is selected as our 2016 Above the Fray fellow. Read the release.

7/1/2016
Pencils down! The 2016 application cycle is now closed.

6/2/2016
NPR's "Embedded" podcast features our own Rebecca Hersher!
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5/2/2016
The 2016 Above the Fray fellowship application is live! Apply here.

4/22/2016
Rebecca Hersher airs part two of her series on NPR's "All Things Considered."
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4/21/2016
Rebecca Hersher airs part one of her two-part series on NPR's "All Things Considered."
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4/21/2016
Rebecca Hersher's special report is live on the web!
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3/12/2016
Rebecca Hersher airs a piece on NPR's "Weekend Edition Saturday."
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1/25/2016
Rebecca Hersher airs a snapshot from Greenland on NPR's "All Things Considered."
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10/14/2015
Rebecca Hersher is selected as our 2015 Above the Fray fellow.
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7/13/2015
Emma Jacob's second piece airs on NPR's "All Things Considered." Listen here.

5/25/2015
Emma Jacob's first piece airs on NPR's "Morning Edition." Listen here.

5/1/2015
The 2015 Above the Fray fellowship application is live! Apply here.

2/5/2015
Emma Jacobs airs a piece on NPR's "All Things Considered." Listen here.

10/14/2014
Emma Jacobs is selected as the 2014 Above the Fray fellow.
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7/1/2014
Pencils down! 2014 application cycle is now closed.

5/1/2014
The 2014 Above the Fray fellowship application is live!

4/13/2014
Andrés Caballero's second piece airs on NPR's "Weekend Edition." Listen here.

4/12/2014
Andrés Caballero's first piece in a two-part series airs on NPR's "Weekend Edition." Listen here.

3/15/2014
Andrés Caballero is back from Cameroon and reported a piece for NPR's "Weekend Edition." Listen here.

2/19/2014
Andrés Caballero airs a piece on NPR's "Morning Edition." Listen here.

10/10/2013
Andrés Caballero is selected as the 2013 Above the Fray fellow. Read the release.

7/2/2013
Pencils down! 2013 application cycle is now closed.

6/2/2013
Matt Kielty's second piece airs on NPR's "Weekend Edition."
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6/1/2013
Matt Kielty's first piece in a two-part series airs on NPR's "Weekend Edition."
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5/1/2013
2013 Above the Fray fellowship application released.

3/27/2013
Brian Reed wins a Peabody!

9/19/2012
Matt Kielty is selected as the 2012 Above the Fray fellow.

7/1/2012
Pencils down! 2012 Above the Fray fellowship application closed.

5/1/2012
2012 Above the Fray fellowship application released.

4/27/2012
Nina Porzucki's second piece airs on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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4/26/2012
Nina Porzucki's first piece in a two-part series airs on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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9/23/2011
Nina Porzucki is selected as the 2011 Above the Fray fellow. Read the release.

7/1/2011
Pencils down! 2011 application cycle is now closed.

6/8/2011
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5/1/2011
2011 Above the Fray fellowship application released.

2/17/2011
Brian Reed's second piece airs on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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2/16/2011
Brian Reed's first piece in a two-part series airs on NPR's "Morning Edition."
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2/14/2011
The JA Project featured on TakePart.com.
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11/1/2010
Brian Reed lands in Kiribati.
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9/15/2010
Brian Reed is selected as first Above the Fray fellow.
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7/1/2010
Pencils down! Cycle one applications due.

4/5/2010
Above the Fray
application released.

3/14/2010
NPR signs on as official media partner.
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12/31/2009
$20,000 anonymous matching funds contribution.

3/15/2009
Recipient of Edward R. Murrow grant, courtesy of Ted Koppel.

 

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