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Jossie Flor Sapunar
Catholic Relief Services
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Selected Journalists to Cover International Policy Issues from Washington, D.C.

BALTIMORE, MD, June 21, 2017 – Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is pleased to announce the selection of four accomplished journalists as the 2017 Egan Journalism Fellows. At an unprecedented time in our nation’s foreign policy, the fellowship will examine important policy issues that affect the poor and disadvantaged across the world during a reporting trip to Washington, D.C.

The selected journalists are:

  • Elaine S. Ayala, San Antonio Express-News
  • John David Long Garcia, Angelus News
  • Diego Fernando López Marina, ACI Prensa
  • Michael J. O'Loughlin, America: The Jesuit Review

The fellows will explore international policy issues around refugees and the forcibly displaced, for example, through meetings with key Administration officials, members of Congress and their staff, and other experts. The fellowship provides an opportunity to better understand the many challenges that international aid organizations are facing in the ever-changing political climate following the transition to a new administration. Among the topics covered will be a discussion of the U.S. foreign aid budget and how the Administration’s proposed cuts could put at risk the lives of some of the most vulnerable people in various parts of the world.

“At a time of unprecedented need and upheaval around the world – with more than 65 million people forcibly displaced – our nation’s foreign policy has a tremendous effect on the people we serve in developing countries,” said Kim Pozniak, CRS’ communications director. “U.S. leadership is critical not only to respond to humanitarian needs but also to address the root causes of forced migration, conflict and climate change among them. We see this year’s Egan fellowship as a great opportunity to help journalists better understand these dynamics.”

This year’s fellows were selected based on the quality of their coverage and their demonstrated motivation to report on the issues that affect the poor and marginalized around the world.

For more than 20 years, the Egan Journalism Fellowship program has aimed to foster increased international reporting in Catholic and secular media that will educate people in the United States about their role in living a life of solidarity with others. The fellowship is named after Eileen Egan, CRS' first professional staff layperson, who devoted four decades of her life to assisting refugees and helping the poor in Europe, Asia and Latin America. 

The fellowship will be held over two days this fall in Washington, DC. 


Catholic Relief Services is the official international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. The agency alleviates suffering and provides assistance to people in need in more than 100 countries, without regard to race, religion or nationality. CRS’ relief and development work is accomplished through programs of emergency response, HIV, health, agriculture, education, microfinance and peacebuilding. For more information, please visit or and follow CRS on social media: Facebook, @CatholicRelief@CRSnewsYouTube, Instagram and Pinterest.


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