Mon Apr 27, 2020 Fellows in the News

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Hi everyone,

Earlier this month, we hosted a special press briefing with five TED Fellows presenting to editors from NPR, PBS and WIRED. The Fellows who presented - Angelo Vermeulen, Bianca Tylek, Erine Gray, Joshua Roman, Alanna Shaikh - were inspiring and the journalists told us they appreciated the chance to hear from them directly about their timely work. You can check out a recap and recording of the session

It's a really good example of the types of press connections we want to be making for TED Fellows on a regular basis.

Today I'm excited to announce a new PR initiative called Storydrop. The goal is to make it as easy as possible for us to help you when you have an important story to share.

Submit Your Story

It's pretty straightforward: just fill out the story form (takes about 2 minutes) and we'll get back to you as fast as possible with initial feedback. We'll also share every story submission with the TED Fellows team as well as TED's editorial team for their consideration.  

I’m looking forward to reading your submissions!

I hope everyone is staying safe, sane and healthy. See below for the latest Fellows in the news.

All best,



  • In the middle of the coronavirus outbreak, Kiana Hayeri has documented the perilous journey of thousands as they migrate from Iran to Afghanistan. Make sure to check out her work in this New York Times interactive feature, her second in two months.
  • Blitz Bazawule was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship, highlighting his directorial debut, "Burial of Kojo."
  • Bassam Tariq's British culture-clash drama ‘Mogul Mowgli’ is getting a warm reception from audiences and critics alike.
  • Read about “8000 Paperclips,” the film about Israeli artist Raffael Lomas and his trip to meet the children of Sudanese refugees recently deported from Israel.
  • Check out Muthoni Drummer Queen’s new music video “Power” which dropped in March.
  • Angelo Vermeulen was interviewed by none other than Gabe Barcia-Colombo on the State of the Art podcast


  • Archeologist Tina Warinner is using machine learning to solve an age old problem: how to tell the difference between ancient dog poop and ancient human poop. (Inverse)
  • Check out Katie Mack’s New York Times memoriam for legendary physicist Freeman Dyson, who pushed the limits of physics and encoded consciousness.
  • NPR’s Science Podcast Short Wave highlighted their interview with Moriba Jah on space junk.
  • ABC News Australia interviewed Mike Gil about his recent study showing that sea turtles mistake the scent of plastic for food. 



  • CNBC featured Ahwaa, the platform founded by Esra’a Al Shafei to help LGBTQ+ people use to meet each other in countries where they are persecuted. 
  • DeAndrea Newman Salvador was named in a Huffington Post story on top black climate and social justice leaders.
  • Ivonne Roman’s work promoting women on police forces earned her a feature on’s International Women’s Day story.
  • Sanjana Hattotuwa is leading the first New Zealand research effort to use Twitter data to study the ways online conversations can be used to promote tolerance and inclusion instead of division and exclusion.
  • The Washington Post interviewed Keolu Fox about breaking down barriers between researchers and indigenous groups.
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