We are delighted to announced that Michael Savage, a journalist with The Independent in London, has been chosen as the 31st annual Laurence Stern Fellow and will spend the summer, starting June 21, working at the Washington Post. The Stern program brings a talented young British journalist to the Post each year to work on the National staff, then spend another month traveling the United States. Ben Bradlee established the fellowship in memory of Post editor Larry Stern, who died in 1979 and had a special fondness for all things British. Stern alumni have gone on to become some of the top names in British journalism, including Financial Times editor Lionel Barber, the BBC’s Jim Naughtie and Ian Katz and Jonathan Freedland of the Guardian. Michael, 27, a political correspondent for the Independent, was chosen from a field of more than 60 applicants. In his interviews he displayed a bright mind, a keen sense of humor and a remarkable ability to make British politics clear and accessible.He has reported on the oil fields of the North Sea and has covered the economic and volcanic fault-lines of Iceland. He investigated a billon-dollar nuclear power plant that never quite worked and ran the paper’s coverage of the recent Iraq War inquiry.
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