Yale senior honored by Overseas Press Club Foundation

Shira Telushkin ’14 was recently honored by the Overseas Press Club (OPC) Foundation with a $3,000 grant to fund a fellowship in religious journalism at GlobalPost. 

Telushkin was among 14 aspiring foreign correspondents selected by a panel of leading journalists from a pool of 175 applicants from 65 different colleges and universities.

In her winning essay, the religious studies major wrote about how, as a tour guide in the West Bank, she observed a shared understanding between an Orthodox Jew and his Palestinian host as well as a mutual respect for each other’s deep commitment to their respective religious faiths. 

Telushkin received the award at the foundation’s 2014 Annual Scholarship Luncheon held at the Yale Club in New York City. The night before, the award winners were honored at a reception at Reuters. During their visit they also met with foreign editors of The Associated Press at AP headquarters in New York City; AP intelligence writer Kimberley Dozier, who gave the keynote speech at the awards luncheon; and the executive editor of GlobalPost.

The OPC Foundation is the nation’s largest scholarship program encouraging aspiring journalists to pursue careers as foreign correspondents. Media organizations at the luncheon included AP, Bloomberg, CBS News, Financial Times, GlobalPost, Reuters, and The Wall Street Journal.