Oved will travel to Ghana, Burkina Faso and Peru to report on development projects funded by Canadian mining companies operating in those countries. 

 Toronto Star journalist Marco Oved was awarded the R. James Travers Foreign Corresponding Fellowship.

Oved will receive $25,000 and use the funds to travel to Ghana, Burkina Faso and Peru to report on development projects funded by Canadian mining companies operating in those countries. His work will be published in the Star in the coming months.

“I am honoured to have my project selected for the Travers fellowship and I hope to contribute to debate over public-private partnerships in Canadian international aid delivery,” Oved said in the press release announcing the award.

He has worked with the Associated Press in Paris, l’Equipe and France24 television. He also helped launch the French version of CNN and was a reporter-producer for Radio France Internationale, for which he covered news in Africa. His freelance has work has appeared on CBC, Radio-Canada, Al Jazeera, NPR and BBC. For the past year and a half, he’s been working as a general assignment reporter at the Star.


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Tamara Baluja is an award-winning journalist with CBC Vancouver and the 2018 Michener-Deacon fellow for journalism education. She was the associate editor for J-Source from 2013-2014.