The Local Cost of Global Goods: Pulitzer Fellows Report

Pulitzer Center grantee Steve Sapienza and student fellow Linda Qiu (AB '14) discuss their reporting on human impacts of mining and resource extraction

Award-winning journalist and documentarain Steve Sapienza, a grantee of thePulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, and Linda Qiu (AB ’14), a Pulitzer student fellow, discuss their reporting projects on the human impacts of mining and resource extraction. Sapienza focuses on the reporting he has done on illegal gold mining in Peru, and Qiu, an Environmental Studies/International Studies major in the College, focuses on what she learned this summer about the enviromental and human tolls of diamond mining in Botswana.

Stephen Sapienza is an award-winning news and documentary producer who has covered a wide range of human security stories, including the HIV crisis in Haiti and the Dominican Republic, child soldiers in Sierra Leone, climate refugees in Bangladesh, and landmine survivors in Cambodia. For over 15 years he has shot and produced stories for broadcast television and internet distribution. Most recently, he earned a 2009 News & Documentary Emmy for his work on LiveHopeLove.com, a ground-breaking multimedia project focusing on the human face of HIV/AIDS in Jamaica. In 2008, he received the Ruth Adams Award for reporting on dwindling water supplies in Asia. In 2002, he produced Deadlock: Russia’s Forgotten War for CNN Presents, winner of a CINE Golden Eagle. Previously, he was Co-Director of Azimuth Media and Senior Producer with the global affairs television series “Foreign Exchange with Fareed Zakaria.” He is currently producing a documentary called “Easy Like Water” about the impact of climate change on Bangladesh.

Linda Qiu is a rising fourth-year at the University of Chicago, majoring in environmental studies and minoring in creative writing. She is a former news editor for The Chicago Maroon, the university’s newspaper, and a former new media editor for U of C’s website. Linda would like to pursue environmental journalism, specifically natural resource access and consumption. She spent four months studying and traveling in Botswana and southern Africa before beginning her Pulitzer Center project.

This event is cosponsored by UChicago Careers in Journalism, Arts and Media, the Human Rights Program, and the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting.

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