Fi2W fellowships pair journalists from immigrant backgrounds and communities of color with veteran radio producers and editors in four-month-long fellowships. The fellowships are tailored for working journalists who want to learn new skills and advance their careers. Working with their mentor through weekly communication and meetings, fellows develop a series of stories. Stories are broadcast or published on our website and by our partner media organizations, typically public radio stations, online news sites, and outlets that serve immigrant audiences.
- Fi2W fellows have won numerous awards from The Society of Professional Journalists, the AP of Michigan, and the Ippies, which honors community journalism in New York.
- Our fellows have reported from New York, California, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, New Hampshire, Michigan, Arizona, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, and other parts of the U.S.
- The Fi2W network of alumni extends to New York, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Detroit, San Francisco, Boston, and San Juan, Puerto Rico, as well as overseas locations in the Philippines, Latin America, and Western Europe.
Current Fi2W fellows:
Quincy Surasmith, Editing Fellow and Managing Editor, is an audio producer and journalist based in Los Angeles, California. He is the host and executive producer of Asian Americana, a podcast featuring stories of Asian American culture and history. Quincy is also a co-founder of Potluck: an Asian American Podcast Collective, and is an alumnus of NPR’s Next Generation Radio. Previously, he was the producer-editor for the podcast #GoodMuslimBadMuslim and produced at Southern California Public Radio/LAist.
Maritza Lizeth Félix, Journalist & Producer, is a freelance journalist, producer and writer in Arizona. Her work has been published in major newspapers in the U.S., Mexico and other countries, and broadcasted on various television networks. For example, she has contributed as a producer to “The Wall” and was the investigative producer for the award-winning special report “Risking It All For America – Riding The Train Of Death.” Félix has won five Emmys and in 2012 and 2013, the Phoenix New Times newspaper named Félix Best Spanish-Language Journalist in Arizona. Currently, Maritza leads Conecta Arizona, a news service providing a life-line to Spanish-speakers in Arizona during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Majd Al-Waheidi, Reporting Fellow, is a reporter based in Brooklyn. She grew up in the Gaza Strip, where she reported for The New York Times before moving to the U.S. to earn her M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. During her fellowship, Majd will report in text and audio on the immigrant experience of elections, using data to drive her journalism. She speaks Arabic, French and Persian.
“I wouldn’t be the journalist that I am today and write in English if it wasn’t for Feet in 2 Worlds. After being part of their fellowship I went on to freelance at PRI’s The World, CNN, Al Jazeera, The Guardian, AP, and magazines. Their incredible team of producers and editors helped me make the cross-over and realize the value of stories from immigrant communities that needed to be told beyond the Spanish publications where I worked.”
– Valeria Fernandez, Feet in 2 Worlds fellow, 2009. Lecturer, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at ASU and recipient of the 2018 American Mosaic Journalism Prize from the Heising-Simons Foundation.