SEAPA Chairman Off to Harvard University as Nieman Fellow

BANGKOK — SEAPA chairman Kavi Chongkittavorn has been appointed to the 64th class of the Nieman Fellows at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Kavi, the Managing Editor of the Nation newspaper in Bangkok, will join 13 U.S. and 12 international journalists for the program, which was founded in 1938 and has grown to become one of the most prestigious fellowships in the world. Nieman fellowships are awarded to working journalists of particular accomplishment and promise for an academic year of study in any part of the university.

Kavi will study humanitarian laws and the development of East Asia since the end of the Cold War during his term, which will begin in September. Partial funding of his fellowship has been provided by The Asia Foundation.

He will not be leaving his SEAPA responsibilities entirely behind, however, as he will continue to represent SEAPA in the United States during the year. His day to day duties with the alliance will be handled by Chavarong Limpattamapanee, the Secretary General of the Thai Journalists Association, who will be acting chairman during Kavi’s absence.

SEAPA board member Andreas Harsono is also a past recipient of a Nieman Fellowship, having been a member of the 62nd class in 1999-2000.